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    Ex libris Florida

    By THEODORA AGGELES

    © St. Petersburg Times, published August 27, 2000


    FEARFUL IN FLORIDA: "What kind of woman gets into an abusive relationship? Why does she go back after she does get away? How does she finally get out for good?" Getting Out: Life Stories of Women Who Left Abusive Men (Columbia University Press, $24.95), by Ann Goetting, allows women's real-life stories to answer these questions. One story shares the transformation of Lucretia, a Clearwater resident, from a victim of "betrayal, humiliation and shame," to a domestic violence survivor who is living violence-free as a single mother and full-time executive secretary.

    A TALE OF TWO BROTHERS: Imagine having Ernest Hemingway as your older brother. Hunting with Hemingway (Riverhead Books, $22.95) is the story of Leicester Hemingway, who follows his older brother's trail, in life and death. Wife and husband writing team Hilary Hemingway and Jeffry P. Lindsay unravel the complex subject of dealing with a father's suicide in the simple style of campfire story-telling. Readers are privy to the brothers' intimate moments, which glow with Hemingway "machismo" and the delicate process of a daughter learning about her father as a human being. This new generation plots a Hemingway hunting trip of a different nature.

    ICE, ICE, BABY: Did you know that Florida lays claim to the largest mastodon skeleton ever discovered in North America? Ever glimpse a 200-pound armadillo? Probably not. So, what happened to those giants of the Ice Age that roamed the state? Children can discover the answers in the print, photographs and interesting illustrations of Ice Age Giants of the South (Pineapple Press, $14.95) by Judy Cutchins and Ginny Johnston.

    CHINA TOWN: Searching for Warwick china? Collecting it perhaps? St. Petersburg author John R. Rader Sr., writes a history of Wheeling, W.V.'s Warwick China Co. and assists collectors in recognizing and identifying pieces. Warwick China (Schiffer Publishing, $34.95) includes a price guide, photographs and tributes to those who worked at the Warwick China Co., which included Rader's uncle, cousin, aunts and parents.

    LEGAL EASE FOR SENIORS: From Social Security to taxation of pension plans and IRA distributions to durable powers of attorney, probate and the effects of remarriage on your estate plans for children, Florida Senior Legal Guide (Senior Law Series, Inc. $18.95) by Gregory G. Gay, simplifies complex subjects. Geared to three specific age groups, the guide overall targets people born between 1910 (or prior) and 1944.

    DISPOSING OF PONCE DE LEON MYTHS: According to Robert H. Fuson, Temple Terrace resident and historical geographer at the University of South Florida, Ponce de Leon was an "explorer, farmer, good husband and father of four." Unfortunately, he is remembered for failing to finding the fountain of youth, but two of his many important discoveries include the Gulf Stream and Tampa Bay. Learn the scoop on this explorer in Juan Ponce de Leon and the Spanish Discovery of Puerto Rico and Florida (The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, $19.95).

    Theodora Aggeles, a native of Florida, lives in St. Petersburg.

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