Oh, Florida! : how America's weirdest state influences the rest of the country / Craig Pittman.
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|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch||975.9 PITTMAN (Text)||33946003128480||New Books . 2nd Floor||Checked out||11/06/2016|
|Mooresville Public Library - Mooresville||975.9 PIT (Text)||37323005273225||NONFIC||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9781250071200
- ISBN: 1250071208
- Physical Description: x, 320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
- Copyright: ©2016
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (page ) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| The punch line state -- Growing up Floridian -- Flirting with disaster -- Getting stucco -- Trading gators for beer -- On the beach -- Road warriors -- The tower of power -- The gunshine state -- Bad boys -- God's waiting room -- Schoolhouse rock -- You bet your life -- Space invaders -- See you in the funny papers -- The sinshine state -- Confederacy of dunces -- The friends of Emma Jones -- A whole new you -- The unified theory of Florida.
|Summary, etc.:|| Oh, Florida! That name. That combination of sounds. Three simple syllables, and yet packing so many mixed messages. To some people, it's a paradise. To others, it's a punchline. As Oh, Florida! shows, it's both of these--and, more importantly, it's a Petri dish, producing trends that end up influencing the rest of the country. Without Florida there would be no NASCAR, no Bettie Page pinups, no Glenn Beck radio rants, no USA Today, no "Stand Your Ground," ... you get the idea. To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a care-free paradise, yet it's also known for its perils--alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies. Craig Pittman's Oh, Florida! explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state. It is the first book to explore the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird--and why that's okay. Florida couldn't be Florida without that sense of the unpredictable, unexpected, and unusual lurking behind every palm tree. But there is far more to Florida than its sideshow freakiness. Oh, Florida! explains how Florida secretly, subtly influences all the other states in the Union, both for good and for ill.
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