Lightening Up: Books About Florida! (Also Hurricane Hermine Info). SLP September 6th, 2016

First up in the podcast, today, is the report from the Pasco County Emergency Operations Center.  Damage assessment is 60% done.  Numbers in the cast, or at the link below:

Monday September 5th report from the EOC

Leisure Beach.  Carpets have to GO!
Leisure Beach. Carpets have to GO!
Leisure beach charrissa 2
~Photos by Charissa R., Hudson
All residents are urged to report storm-related damage to Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411 or email at [email protected]

Now, the fun stuff:

Books about Florida!

Some funny, some serious, all about your state.  Florida.  We got songs (Green Grass and High Tides, American Girl, Deep Down in Florida) about us.

We’ve had TV shows (Flipper, Glades, Bloodlines) about us.

There’ve been movies about Florida (Adaptation,  Beneath the 12 Mile Reef, Body Heat).

But the books!  DOZENS of novels…White, Dorsey, Barry, Hiassen…Great stuff.  Some of it forms my very existential understanding of the world.  Things we get to see, and to know, that almost no one else does:  Manatees breathing at sunrise.  Tailing redfish on the flats.  No one else has an Everglades.

It’s a dying, fragile paradise.  It’s almost gone.  So it’s good that people wrote, and write about it.

Here are some favorites, click on image to learn more about each…

Mario Iezzoni's Kracker Flats opens in the Matador Room of the Hacienda Hotel.  It doesn't get any more local than that.
Mario Iezzoni’s Kracker Flats opens in the Matador Room of the Hacienda Hotel. It doesn’t get any more local than that.
A Land Remembered, by Patrick D. Smith, is a historical fiction genre novel, set in Florida, between 1858 and the 1980s.  A good, broadly historic novel, which gives good basic information about Florida in pioneer days.
A Land Remembered, by Patrick D. Smith, is a historical fiction genre novel, set in Florida, between 1858 and the 1980s. A good, broadly historic novel, which gives good basic information about Florida in pioneer days.
Dave Barry's concise, hard hitting...No, not really.  Bound to be hilarious and wildly inaccurate, Dave Barry makes the case for Florida.
Dave Barry’s concise, hard hitting…No, not really. Bound to be hilarious and wildly inaccurate, Dave Barry makes the case for Florida.
I have not read this book.  But I will, and I will laugh, because Carl Hiassen brings the funny.
I have not read this book. But I will, and I will laugh, because Carl Hiassen brings the funny.
Gregs Favorite Hiaasen novel
Not just the best novel about Florida, but an important novel in 20th century American Literature.
Not just the best novel about Florida, but an important novel in 20th century American Literature.

 

Enjoy!  Back tomorrow, with more.  Catch me at West Side Deli, 10am to noon, today!

~Greg

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