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Florida

Creator: Christine Schutt | Fiction - 2004-02-13

Placed in the care of relatives at a young age, Alive Fivey struggles to adapt within numerous homes and eventually finds refuge in books, a childhood that leads her to discover her own promise as a writer.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

About this book
Finalist for the 2004 National Book Award Florida is the portrait of the artist as a young woman, an orphan's story full of loss and wonder, a familiar tale told in original language. Alice Fivey, fatherless at age seven, is left in the care of her relatives at ten when her love-wearied mother loses custody of her and submits to the sanitarium and years of psychiatric care. A namesake daughter locked in the orphan's move-around life, she must hold still while the seamstress pins her into someone not her mother. But they share the same name, so she is her mother, isn't she? Alice finds consolation in books and she herself is a storyteller who must build a home for herself word by right word. Florida is her story, recalled in brief scenes of spare beauty and strangeness as Alice moves from house to house, ever further from the desolation of her mother's actions, ever closer to the meaning of her experience. In this most elegiac and luminous novel, Schutt gives voice to the feast of memory, the mystery of the mad and missing, and above all, the life-giving power of language.



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Sport Fish of Florida

Creator: Vic Dunaway, Florida Sportsman | Nature - 2004-02-01

Publisher: Wickstrom Pub



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Weird Florida, Your Travel Guide to Florida's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

Creator: Charlie Carlson, Mark Sceurman, Mark Moran | Reference - 2009-05-01

Praise for Weird Florida: "...this series is distinguished by its focus on stories over places and its colorful photos.” --Library Journal

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

About this book
Florida is renowned for sun, surf, sand & senior citizens and is a favorite holiday destination for more than a million Brits each year. This book offers information about the odd and the offbeat in the Sunshine State, from the Skunk Ape to the Devil's Chair of Cassadaga, the She-Man of the Caloosahatchee River to the Wizard of Central Florida.


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  • Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet Florida (Travel Guide)

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    Rating (12 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
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    Good work! I live in Florida and I did ...

    5/5 Edsel - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lonely Planet Florida (Travel Guide) (Paperback) Good work! I live in Florida and I did buy it just to see how was done and it is pretty good job. I like to travel and I like the back roads and little towns, and this travel guide offer a good point of view to have an initial approach to the site. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 9, 2015

    Good guide, covers everything

    5/5 FranM - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lonely Planet Florida (Travel Guide) (Paperback) I live in Florida and bought this mainly for guests staying with us (so I don't always have to explain everything from scratch) but found using it myself as well and enjoying it. If you're only going to one particularly area I would probably buy a dedicated guide but overall it should keep you busy with ideas and the Miami, Everglades, Orland (Disney) chapters are particularly comprehensive and spot on in my opinion. This is all in terms of what to do, I never pay too much attention to the food recommendations with lonely planet without looking at reviews online as well. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 27, 2015

    Big state.

    3/5 matthew reardon - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lonely Planet Florida (Travel Guide) (Paperback) Just OK. Florida is just too big for one book. Try to find a city or area specific guide unless you plan on buzzing all over the state. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 11, 2015
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  • G.P. Putnam's Sons

    Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

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    Rating (275 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    G.P. Putnam's Sons

    Defenseless!

    5/5 unkown (Plymouth Meeting, PA, US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland (Kindle Edition) As a "Snow Bird", I have to agree with Mr. Barry. Florida is in its own orbit exhibiting a quirkiness that defies description. But when all is said and done, this odd shaped appendage at the bottom of the USA is great place to at least enjoy the winter solstice without fur lined boots & a snow shovel. I enjoyed every written word Mr. Barry so poetically places on each page regarding the great "Sunshine State." He did leave out a few quirks that we Yankees find unusual........I.e., the Kamakazi maneuvers by headless drivers in super market parking lots and the lifetime it takes for a traffic light to change. Anyone who enjoys humor, travelogues and the joys of living will certainly find this journey a delight! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 16, 2016

    Lots of laughs and proof that truth is stranger and funnier than fiction

    Barry has always been a writer who can make the reader laugh out loud regardless of the subject but when the subject is Florida -- well, he's a master. I lived in Florida and he absolutely nails the way that people from elsewhere react to the crazy stuff that happens in Florida by saying "what is wrong with people down there? or how can you live there?" Trust me when I say that the same thought crosses the minds of most people particularly when a new arrival first becomes a resident, but after awhile the new Floridian just accepts the craziness as part of the deal made for living in south Florida with its mild climate and basically 360 plus days of nice weather -- barring an occasional hellish hurricane. The new residents even adapt to the mostly daily rainstorms and living in the lightening strike capital of the US. Dave's book is funny, witty, clever, and will make you laugh out loud in addition to making you smile when not laughing out loud. Barry isn't "mean"... 5/5 Lyric (New Jersey) - See all my reviews, October 19, 2016

    Celebrate the weirdness that is Florida

    Hands down the looniest writer to ever have a regular column syndicated nationwide, Dave Barry has tickled who knows, hundreds of thousands if not millions of readers over the years, and while he has retired from the Miami Herald, he still does books and delights his regular cadre of fans, or "alert readers", as he used to refer to those of us who were always sending in the weirdest news items we could find to him. "Best. State. Ever." is a homage to his home state of Florida, and he chooses to defend it by visiting some truly strange places and reporting on his findings. In the pre-interstate days, Florida, like other states, especially those in the Midwest and Great Plains, where agriculture was the king and tourism was unthought of outside of driving through a state such as Iowa, my first home state as a kid for example was a mecca for all sorts of strange roadside attractions designed to pull weary drivers off the roads and into their gyp joints. Barry... 5/5 Scott Hedegard (Fayetteville, AR USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland (Kindle Edition) Hands down the looniest writer to ever have a regular column syndicated nationwide, Dave Barry has tickled who knows, hundreds of thousands if not millions of readers over the years, and while he has retired from the Miami Herald, he still does books and delights his regular cadre of fans, or "alert readers", as he used to refer to those of us who were always sending in the weirdest news items we could find to him. "Best. State. Ever." is a homage to his home state of Florida, and he chooses to defend it by visiting some truly strange places and reporting on his findings. In the pre-interstate days, Florida, like other states, especially those in the Midwest and Great Plains, where agriculture was the king and tourism was unthought of outside of driving through a state such as Iowa, my first home state as a kid for example was a mecca for all sorts of strange roadside attractions designed to pull weary drivers off the roads and into their gyp joints. Barry... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 19, 2017
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  • St. Martin's Press

    Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

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    Rating (105 reviews):
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    St. Martin's Press

    Oh Florida, indeed!

    5/5 Jacquelyn J. Caccia (Mesa, AZ) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country (Hardcover) If you live in Florida, you need to read this. If you want to live in Florida, you should read this. If you are looking for any excuse to not live in Florida, or even visit it it, you must read this. It was well written, interesting, educational and funny. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 25, 2016

    ALL ABOUT AND AROUND FLORIDA

    This book is a fun read but containing many serious events that occurred, some not too many years ago, others recent, some many years ago. Mr. Pittman, a native Floridian as is his wife and kids, covers his state from the pan handle to Key West. He writes from today to yesterday.. I ordered this book because I lived in Florida for nineteen years. Two of my children were born in Florida. I have traveled all over the state and go back every year to visit. Key West seems not to be in the United States, but in a foreign country. Traveling down the keys, so much sky, so much water, very little land. One man I spoke to goes on vacation every year to Florida. People don't wear too many clothes he says. But Florida does get awfully hot.The book contains eighteen chapters about different times, history, politics, hurricanes, weather, land plus so much more. Craig Pittman is a journalist, a reporter and a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. He grew up in Pensacola, his... 5/5 josephine briggs - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country (Hardcover) This book is a fun read but containing many serious events that occurred, some not too many years ago, others recent, some many years ago. Mr. Pittman, a native Floridian as is his wife and kids, covers his state from the pan handle to Key West. He writes from today to yesterday.. I ordered this book because I lived in Florida for nineteen years. Two of my children were born in Florida. I have traveled all over the state and go back every year to visit. Key West seems not to be in the United States, but in a foreign country. Traveling down the keys, so much sky, so much water, very little land. One man I spoke to goes on vacation every year to Florida. People don't wear too many clothes he says. But Florida does get awfully hot.The book contains eighteen chapters about different times, history, politics, hurricanes, weather, land plus so much more. Craig Pittman is a journalist, a reporter and a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. He grew up in Pensacola, his... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 21, 2016

    You have to read this book

    5/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country (Hardcover) I am a native Floridian and bought this book as soon as it was published. It is a wonderfully written, hilarious, truthful narrative of Florida and its people. I was laughing out loud over and over and read the entire book this weekend. Craig Pittman captures the irony, diversity, and bizarre stories of America's bellweather state. Great reading for anyone ! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 11, 2016
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  • Totally Bamboo

    Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, Florida, 100% Bamboo Board for Cooking and Entertaining

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  • Zeus Press Incorporated

    The Florida Move Guide: The Unofficial Moving to Florida Warning, Decision and Help Guide

    Book (Zeus Press Incorporated)

    Rating (121 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Zeus Press Incorporated

    Just the Facts. A great but cautionary tale of Florida.

    On occasion, a reviewer will claim this book is 'negative' or designed to discourage a Florida move. Those people are pretty much wrong or didn't carefully consider the plethora of thoughtful information provided. Having just made the Florida move, I can attest to each item in this story and know that if you plan on moving to the Sunshine State, you need to consider each potential problem and decide whether you can deal with it or not. Hate bugs? You will have to exterminate and also be tolerant of some new species to you if you are from the Great North. The problem is well described by Ron Stack in his book. Humidity? Plot it out for a few months and see if you can deal with it. Odds are you will run air conditioning 12 months out of the year. Good thing is that air conditioners are replaced more often than in the North and are usually very efficient. Electric costs are low in Florida. Taxes? In the growth areas like Sarasota, property taxes are rising all the time... 5/5 stylusx (Chicago) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: The Florida Move Guide: The Unofficial Moving to Florida Warning, Decision and Help Guide (Paperback) On occasion, a reviewer will claim this book is 'negative' or designed to discourage a Florida move. Those people are pretty much wrong or didn't carefully consider the plethora of thoughtful information provided. Having just made the Florida move, I can attest to each item in this story and know that if you plan on moving to the Sunshine State, you need to consider each potential problem and decide whether you can deal with it or not. Hate bugs? You will have to exterminate and also be tolerant of some new species to you if you are from the Great North. The problem is well described by Ron Stack in his book. Humidity? Plot it out for a few months and see if you can deal with it. Odds are you will run air conditioning 12 months out of the year. Good thing is that air conditioners are replaced more often than in the North and are usually very efficient. Electric costs are low in Florida. Taxes? In the growth areas like Sarasota, property taxes are rising all the time... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 13, 2016

    Very informative

    5/5 Eric Haglund (Chippewa Falls, WI United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: The Florida Move Guide: The Unofficial Moving to Florida Warning, Decision and Help Guide (Paperback) First, let me say that I disagree with reviewers expressing conspiracy theories regarding Mr. Stack's motivation for writing the book being to keep people out of Florida. I'm aware of the good stuff, I've been visiting the Gulf Coast for over 15 years. I want to hear the bad stuff so I'm going into the decision fully informed. Each reader will have to evaluate whether or not each negative is something that can be mitigated or will be a showstopper. You'll probably find a handful of each. The only suggestion I would add is that I felt a paragraph or two regarding sink holes would have been valuable. If you're thinking about a full time or "sixer" move to Florida, I highly recommend this book, it's an easy and informative read. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 13, 2017

    Read this book before you decide to move

    5/5 Amazon Customer (Boston) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: The Florida Move Guide: The Unofficial Moving to Florida Warning, Decision and Help Guide (Paperback) If you've enjoyed your vacations in Florida and are now thinking of moving there or buying property there, then you owe it to yourself to read this book. It's about the difference between visiting Florida and living there. Many people move to Florida, come to hate it for one reason or another, and move back. This book will help you figure out whether you're really going to enjoy living there. In our case, it didn't scare us away. It confirmed that our expectations were fairly realistic, and our plans were pretty reasonable. Whether Florida will suit you or not, it's good to know before you put your money in. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 30, 2016
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