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Book Club - Best State Ever by Dave Barry

When: Tue Sep 28    
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Public details: A breezy travelogue through swampland, strip clubs, and a retirement community reported to be rife with swingers. Dave Barry celebrates Florida. He recounts plenty of anecdotes that have made the state such a national laughingstock. Disney World transformed the state’s tourism in 1971. The Mouse remains the elephant in the room as Barry focuses his attention on Florida’s distinct identity as a tourist destination. Typical is his visit to Weeki Wachee Springs. “I concede that, by modern theme-park standards, it is dated, hokey and unsophisticated,” he writes. “In other words, it’s great.” The tour also encompasses the Everglades, Gatorland, and a ghost town with a haunted hotel. It ends with the back-to-back bacchanalia of an upscale Miami night club and Key West, “Florida’s Florida—the place way down at the bottom where the weirdest of the weird end up; the place where the abnormal is normal.”
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