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"This collection of close to 50 examples of real life from the Keys to the Panhandle gives the readers a jumping-off point to find their own path."
"A skilled writer, he knows when to listen and when to nudge each short story along."
"…the vignette structure allows for quick and easy reading-"
"gives readers a jumping-off point to find their own path."
"What Klinkenberg calls the real Florida is a state on the verge of extinction."
--St Petersburg Times
"Gives the flavor of this diverse state and of some of the characters who have made it distinctive. It's a good read and an informative one at the same time."
"Klinkenberg uncovers the beauty and mystery of his home state."
"Set far away from tourist spots, the book explores American Indian landmarks, swamplands, and bear and alligator territory. Each story conveys the authentic character of the state…"
"Klinkenberg explores what's left of the Florida that existed before it was invaded by Disney and developers. He finds interesting characters--and gets them to tell fascinating stories."
"His beautifully crafted sentences--this is not mere journalism--astutely evoke people and places."
--Tribune & Times (Tampa)
"Klinkenberg seems to live in a world that eludes the rest of us..."
"He writes about the kind of Florida characters that we never even knew existed."
"Reading this collection of essays reminds you of hopping in the back of a friend's truck for a ride. But this one takes you beyond the sunny skies and high-rises and into the past."
"Klinkenberg writes in an easy, genteel style."
"A glimpse of people who have loved and live in Florida. This is a five star book."
--Winter Haven News Chief
"These 47 vignettes will inspire you 'to get out and discover Real Florida on your own'."