Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Dave Barry We never know what will happen next in Florida We know only that, any minute now, something will Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, What the hell is wrong with FloridA brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Dave Barry We never know what will happen next in Florida We know only that, any minute now, something will Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, What the hell is wrong with Florida Somehow, the state s acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, 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 tell you why Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that s at the top, from the Sunshine State s earliest history to the fun fair of weirdness that it is today It s the most hilarious book yet from the funniest damn writer in the whole country Carl Hiaasen, and he should know By the end, you ll have to admit that whatever else you might think about Florida you can never say it s boring.From the Hardcover edition.
Best State Ever A Florida Man Defends His Homeland A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Dave Barry We never know what will happen next in Flori

  • Title: Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
  • Author: Dave Barry
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  • Page: 408
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    1. I love Florida.There is something about Florida, and that something has created a small Finnish community in Lake Worth, Lantana which is said to house over 20,000 Finns with a lot of Finnish business such as beauty salons, hotels and other income making hellholes. Overall, it is estimated that around 30,000 Finns live inside the Florida and its many wonderful cities.There is even a Finland House - Suomi Talo at the Lantana that aims to maintain Finnish culture, heritage, and traditions among pe [...]

    2. I have long been a fan of Dave Barry. Back when I was a young lad pondering what it was that made women so different from us male types I happened upon this cogent observation by Barry, then a columnist for the Miami Herald.If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.Wow! How could I not make the source of such wisdom one of my go-to guys when it comes to the subject [...]

    3. "So we have an apparent contradiction: On the one hand, the national consensus is that Florida is a stupid weird insane dysfunctional hellhole that is also – I forgot to mention this earlier – a hurricane zone that is soon going to be largely submerged when global climate change causes the seas to rise to the point where vast heards of lobsters roam what is now Interstate 95. On the other hand, people keep coming here. And most of them – even the non-stupid ones – decide to stay here. Th [...]

    4. 4.5 starsDave Barry is hilarious. In Best. State. Ever he focuses his brilliant comedic mind on his home state of thirty years, Florida. In order to write this book, he travels around the state, sometimes alone and at other times with a friend, seeking out Florida’s most interesting locales. As the book begins, Barry states that he believes Florida has gotten a bad rap ever since the 2000 election and the whole “hanging chad” incident. As a result, he decided to write this book to help cha [...]

    5. From my days as a spring chicken to now, when I'm officially an old hen, one thing has been a constant: I love to laugh. And one person on whom I can count to make me yuck it up - whether via a syndicated newspaper column or one of his books - is Dave Barry. So when the publisher offered me the chance to read and review an advance copy of his newest effort, I said bring it on.It is, thank goodness, rather short - I finished the whole thing in a couple of hours. Had it been much longer, I'm sure [...]

    6. This guy is soooo funny. To really appreciate this book it is best if you are from the north and have lived in Florida for awhile. However, it's funny no matter what. He talks about some silly places in Florida. Of course not places I take people who visit.

    7. ARC for review. EPD September 6, 2016. Reasons this book gets five stars:1. It made me laugh out loud. Twice. Books hardly ever make me laugh out loud. 2. The dedication: "To my fellow Floridians: Don't ever sober up."3. The beginning: "Every few months I get a call from some media person wanting to interview me about Florida where I have lived for three decades. The tone of the interview is never positive, or even neutral. The interviewer never asks: Why do you live in Florida? Or: "What do you [...]

    8. An interesting and funny book about Florida best appreciated by those of us who live here. Having lived in South Florida for way longer than I like to think on, a lot of it resonated with me and some of the anecdotes had me either smiling or laughing at how true they were. That being said, this is a book that is written by and for an older demographic (baby boomers); a generation that can relate better to the author and some of the anecdotes. Overall, it was a fun quick read that read like a ver [...]

    9. This may be the best non-fiction book Dave Barry has ever written. No, I am not making that up. And I'm not just saying it because I read it in two days.Barry, who won a Pulitzer for commentary back when he was a Miami Herald columnist, wrote this book to defend the state he's lived in for 30 years against all the slings and arrows of people in other states who are always laughing at Florida. He starts off by explaining why the other states shouldn't sneer at Florida, and why he loves it, and th [...]

    10. Interesting that this is published so soon after "Oh, Florida" discussing our weirdness and the effect on other states. That book took a higher tone but vulgar and sophomoric can do it for me now and then, especially in a book by a fellow boomer discussing my home state and places I know and love. Enjoyed his research into all the hot sex in "The Villages", the shark dying in a traffic accident, the exclusive club in the Fountainbleau, etc. But, especially as one who has enjoyed "a cool refreshi [...]

    11. I loved being able to read his while Hurricane Irma is going over my beloved state right now. It took my mind off of what was happening and gave me good feelings about Florida. And I even recognized one of the landmarks that I have driven by quite a lot (the dinosaur). This book made me laugh out loud quite a bit and I was nodding at so many things he was saying as a fellow Floridian. Loved it!

    12. I lived in Florida for a few years on the Space Coast. I loved that it never snowed. I could get good Italian food at my choice of a crazy number of Italian restaurants, and the people watching was Olympic level awesome. I prefer Gatorland to Disney, and the sunsets are incredible. This book is a laugh out loud homage to all the crazy of Florida while retaining why people seem to love its quirky charm. And I really did laugh out loud several times. However, I wish Barry had included a few more F [...]

    13. “Best State Ever” by Dave Barry, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.Category – Humor Publication Date – September 06, 2016.Since the 2000 election, and maybe before that, the State of Florida has become a State of the weird, impossible, unbelievable, and downright crazy. Dave Barry who lives in and loves the State will even admit to this but also tries to defend Florida in his latest book.Dave doesn’t deny the fact that Florida tries to hide its cockroaches by calling them Palmetto Bugs [...]

    14. Classic Dave Barry. I remember as a teenager sitting at my parents' table eating dinner and my Dad reading Dave Barry's column about the exploding whale. If you haven't read it, then you need to find it online. Then go to youtube and watch the video. Dave Barry hasn't changed a bit in almost 30 years. This is one of his many non-fiction (loosely applied here) books. His adult fiction is, well, pretty adult. His juvenile fiction is awesome: the Peter and the Starcatchers series, Science Fair, etc [...]

    15. Hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. Classic Dave Barry. I do love my adopted state. Even if mullets and scrunchies and reptile stores abound.

    16. Dave Barry was one of the first columnists I ever read religiously, going back 30+ years now. I looked forward every New Year to his annual recap of the year prior; I've read his non-fiction memoirs, I've read his novels and I've gone to see him speak when he gave a presentation in my town. For some inexplainable reason that I can't possibly fathom, I haven't picked up a Barry book in about 3 or 4 years. Big mistake. Reading "Best. State. Ever." brought me back to the unbridled joy I feel when r [...]

    17. King of dad humor Dave Barry is back with another travel log, this time about his home state of Florida. He defends the peninsula's weird reputation by arguing a) the rest of the country is lame b) most folks here are transplants anyway, and c) yes, this place is weird, and that's what makes it awesome. Proving that there's way more to the state than just Disney World, he reviews the excesses of attractions with varying degrees of tackiness. From a mermaid stunt show to an alligator park to a sh [...]

    18. Great concept. Dave Barry wants to celebrate all the oddities that make Florida what it is. He has been asked numerous times: "What is the DEAL with Florida?!" Why does Florida make the news for the strangest reasons? Twitter has an account called "Florida Man." Headlines go like this: Florida Man Seen Firing Musket at Cars While Dressed as Pirate; Florida Man Sets Home on Fire with Bomb Made from Bowling Ball; Florida Man Seen Trying to Sell Live Shark in Grocery Store Parking Lot; Florida Man [...]

    19. “Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland,” is Dave Barry’s paean to his adopted state of Florida. Dave Barry is always funny, but this book is a masterpiece of hilarity. I giggled, laughed out loud, and even guffawed my way through it. It is not a long book, but it is chock-full of oddities, interesting eccentric people, Florida-specific sights, and it almost makes the reader want to rush down there and partake in the fun.Barry travels around his state visiting authentic Flor [...]

    20. Dave Barry is one of my favorite authors, one that I have spent money to hear speak. I have never laughed so hard in my whole life. I think I have read everything he has written, especially when I could follow his columns online. Thank You, internet!His latest work is more of full chapters rather than short essays. He highlights exactly what makes Florida unique. If you need any more thoughts on this, just start following @_FloridaMan on twitter. There are no trendy Disneyfied hot spots, only th [...]

    21. this book basically consisted of a man traveling around to a couple of places in florida, having a grand old time and talking about why he loves his home state. it was a little short (with extremely wide margins) and the pictures included were horrible quality, but i still really enjoyed this because dave barry is hilarious. this is the first book i've ever read by him, but he just comes out with the funniest statements and he has great timing. i feel like conversations with him would be non-sto [...]

    22. Another solid read from Dave Barry. This time he writes a review of several tourist attractions around Florida with the exception of Disney of course. It reads like a love letter to the state Barry calls home. The reviews of wacky destinations are hilarious and shockingly informative for a Dave Barry book.

    23. A fun, amusing read, whether you are interested in Florida or not. But Dave travels around to various bizarre attractions in Florida and describes them, just in case you are.

    24. Really funny! This book made me happy. Most of it is Dave Barry traveling around Florida, and these are the best bits! <3

    25. Every now and then I see a Dave Barry book at the library that is not familiar, read the back, and decide, "Why not?" I need something light and quick to read from time to time. Plus, I had just returned from Florida, so how apropos. Also, I lived in Florida at one time and very much enjoyed my time living there, but like Barry saysl the weird headlines seem to originate from Florida.Barry spends the first couple chapters of the book talking about the strange things that happen in Florida but th [...]

    26. This book was nominated for "Best Humor" in 2016 and it lost, so that should tell you right off it's pretty good. The one-joke book about Amy Schumer' vagina won, but Dave Barry takes on a whole, entire state, and leaves no body parts (women or men) unscathed. Yes, there is much nakedness here, much insanity, and a whole lotta drinking "refreshing cold beers." Barry even dedicates this book "To my fellow Floridians; Don't ever sober up." There is ample evidence of truthiness to that statement: [...]

    27. This was a really fun read from a very funny author about a very funny topic Florida! I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading, and I was doubled over laughing for a good part of it! Thank you Dave Barry as I really needed a good laugh! I also needed to rally with you about Florida since it really is getting a bad rap lately. Okay, I agree the bad rap is warranted, but hey, I am still proud of this state and all it has to offer, despite what the rest of the country may be thinking [...]

    28. A fun, fast read detailing in signature Dave Barry sarcastic humour some of the quirkier places in Florida.I'm a long-time fan--was sad when his weekly column ended, always look forward to his year-in-review, attended a local reading he did years ago. Yet somehow, before now, I haven't really sought out his book-length works. I think I will try to hunt down more of them.

    29. Easy and enjoyable humor read that includes quite a bit of interesting history tidbits (& all of them I looked up were true, which is rare in actual history books, let alone humor). I have no real interest in Florida but the stories of tourist sites were interesting.

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