Alligators in B-Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida - Florida History and Culture (Paperback)
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Alligators in B-Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida - Florida History and Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 30/11/2015
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Florida is a civilized place with eighteen million residents and all of the modern amenities one might expect: fine universities, art museums, world-class restaurants, and luxury accommodations. It is also home to panthers, bears, rattlesnakes, and alligators. In this collection of essays about Florida culture - the things that make Florida Florida - Jeff Klinkenberg sets his sights on the contradictions that comprise the Sunshine State.

With a keen eye for detail and a lyrical style, Klinkenberg takes us meandering through the swamps and back roads of Florida, stopping to acquaint us with the curious and kooky characters he meets along the way. These sometimes hilarious, sometimes reminiscent stories are as strange and mesmerizing as the people inhabiting this wacky peninsula. Klinkenberg is a journalist who conveys a deep fondness for his state and the curiosity behind his ongoing explorations in each story. Who else would engage a symphony orchestra tuba player to determine if bull gators will thunderously bellow back in a low B-flat during mating season (they do, but they only respond to that pitch).

Readers will join Klinkenberg as he roams through the twisted roots of past and present, describing a beautifully swampy place that is becoming increasingly endangered. The traditional ways of the scallop shuckers, moss weavers, and cane grinders in his stories are now threatened by corporate greed, environmental degradation, and mass construction. From fishing camps and country stores to museums and libraries, Klinkenberg is forever unearthing the magic that makes Florida a place worth celebrating. Join him in contemplating Florida, both old and new, a place that is as quirky and enigmatic as it is burgeoning.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813061849
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Floridians are a charming, talented breed, and this humorous, honest, and often touching collection of tales exhibits the melting pot of traditions and lifestyles from a journalist's eye."--Publisher's Weekly

"Klinkenberg's deep love for Florida--natural Florida and everyone who knew it before there were so many people--is obvious."--Miami Herald

"The living legend and award-winning journalist has become synonymous with Florida story-telling, and here's an evocative collection that shows you why."--Creating Loafing Tampa

"You'll want to read this entertaining and ever-so-idiosyncratic guide to the out of the way that lies just beyond our gaze, out in the swamp, out on the dirt road."--Tampa Bay Times

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