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Florida: the Weird and the Wonderful

Florida is a most unusual place. It can feel at once stifling and like anything is possible there.

Laura Van Den Berg

When I am at the cash register at the store I’m right across from the books about Florida. Gazing at them the other day some titles caught my eye. These five books by Florida authors will enlighten you about the Sunshine State and the folks who love to live here.

For more than 30 years, investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Craig Pittman has chronicled the wildest stories Florida has to offer. Featuring a selection of columns that have appeared in the Tampa Bay Times and other outlets throughout Pittman's career, this book highlights just how strange and wonderful Florida can be.

by Kent Russell

A wickedly smart, funny, and irresistibly off-kilter account of an improbable thousand-mile journey on foot into the heart of modern Florida, the state that Russell calls America Concentrate.

by Sarah Gerard

Sarah Gerard’s dynamic essay collection explores Florida as a microcosm of the most pressing economic and environmental perils haunting our society.

by Tyler Gillespie

In The Thing about Florida, Gillespie takes readers on an exuberant search for the state behind the caricatures, cutting through the media storm with curiosity and humor.

Meet some of Florida's most fascinating personalities in this entertaining kaleidoscope of interviews. Made in Florida showcases a colorful lineup of notable people who got their start in the state and who have helped make it the unique, diverse place it is today.

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