Fernandina-Growing Up On Amelia Island

Written by Gordon E. Hart

The author’s personal memoir of his years growing up in and around Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida, from 1965-1971. The book begins when his family moves to town the summer before he begins 7th grade and ends when he graduates from high school in 1971. It was a time of great transitions with the Vietnam War raging, schools being integrated, and drugs becoming pervasive. And it was the golden age of muscle cars, brought to the beach by boys from all over Georgia and Florida to show them off on the weekends. Fernandina was a sleepy little beach town in those days, but there was a lot going on. The author tries to catch the “feel” of the time and place so the book is not a straightforward narrative. He recounts his experiences, many funny, some sad, and along the way describes the people and places of the island in an impressionistic style. When you finish reading of “Fernandina-Growing Up On Amelia Island”, you will feel like you stepped back in time. And you will feel the better for it.

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