Best. State. Ever

Best. State. Ever

A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Book - 2016
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A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best--Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Dave Barry. "We never know what will happen next in Florida. We only know that, any minute now, something will." Every few months, Dave gets a call from some media person wanting to know, "What the hell is wrong with Florida?" but, as a loyal Florida man, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to show you why. Join him as he goes in hunt of the legendary skunk ape; hobnobs with the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs; and visits Cassadaga, The Psychic Capital of the World, to have his dog's aura read (apparently, she's "very spiritual"). Hitch a ride for the nonstop thrills of alligator wrestling ("The gators display the same fighting spirit as a Barcalounger"), the hair-raising spectacle of a clothing-optional bar in Key West, and the ultimate insider's experience of Miami Beach's hottest nightclub (featuring that most puzzling of all entities, the celebrity DJ). There is much more as well, and, throughout, there can be no better tour guide than Dave Barry. This is the most hilarious book yet from "the funniest damn writer in the whole country." By the end, you'll have to admit that whatever else you might ever think about Florida--you can never say it's boring.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Sure, there was the 2000 election and flying insects the size of LeBron James. But Barry is going to show you why Florida is a great state. And whatever else you think about Florida-- you can never say it's boring.
Published: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101982600
Branch Call Number: 818.5402 BAR
Characteristics: 229 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Mar 19, 2018

I am a Florida transplant and LOVED this book. There were so many locations that I had either been to or am familiar with. There were parts of this book that I actually was crying laughing so hard (the shooting range). I would highly recommend this book if you're looking for a good laugh. If you're a Florida native, you may just find it funnier.

Jun 16, 2017

If you are a Dave Barry fan, and who isn't, reading this book will be a true pleasure to you. Dave Barry's perspective and ability to provide interesting people and places to read about are, IMHO, without peer.
If a statistical study of Dave Barry's books were done I know that it would reveal that an average page of a Dave Barry book contains 4.7 laughs for the reader.
Put this together with the fact that laughter is the best medicine and it indicates that, for your own good, you should read this book. Of course this statement only confirms what you already know.

Jan 24, 2017

A mash-note to all things Ticky Tacky Florida, Barry visits the Weeki Wachee Mermaids and goes ahunting for the Everglade's elusive skunk ape.
He also tours Cassadaga, a village full of psychics (and has his dog's fortune told), and drags his cousin off to a gun range where they proceed to shoot all manner of machine guns.
Full of photos (probably shot on Barry's own cell phone) and rated with Mold-A-Matic machines ratings (spoiler: machine guns top all), Barry's lunatic adventures provide a welcome getaway for cold Ohio winter's day.

Oct 14, 2016

Underwhelming. I expected more wacky incidents and characters like "Bum" Farto, the former fire chief of Key West.


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