After a life of work and war, Tampa born Lee Paulet wrote this charming account of growing up Cracker on his family's acreage in what is now Carrolwood. After his mother passed, finding they were now surrounded by development, he and his wife escaped the modern sour snare to the Nature Coast where he could go fishing whenever he wanted. Alternately imbued with the wisdom of the earth and the foolishness of youth buried in each of us, Lee grew up treasuring Florida in ways that have nearly gone extinct. His writing, like leaping mullet, jumps with the wonder of the natural world and the insouciance of youth. by Jim Davis, Citrus County Chronicle.
Florida Cracker Boy: Tales of a Misspent Youth” teems with adventures, fishing tips and crusty language. His yarn “On the Evils of skipping school” traces a teenage lark which mixes some incredibly dumb coincidence, a good friend Chuck, chuck’s rifle, and a ’56 Nash Rambler. Lee describes the pair as “country boys, as stubborn as razorbacks and mean as shedding rattlesnakes.”