Alligators_in_B_FlatAlligators in B-Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida

by Jeff Klinkenberg

“Floridians are a charming, talented breed, and this humorous, honest, and often touching collection of tales exhibits the melting pot of traditions and lifestyles from a journalist’s eye.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“You’ll want to read this entertaining and ever-so-idiosyncratic guide to the out of the way that lies just beyond our gaze, out in the swamp, out on the dirt road.”—Tampa Bay Times

With a keen eye for detail and a lyrical style, Jeff Klinkenberg takes us meandering through the swamps and back roads of Florida, stopping to acquaint us with the curious and kooky characters he meets along the way. These sometimes hilarious, sometimes reminiscent stories are as strange and mesmerizing as the people inhabiting this wacky peninsula.

 

Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Futurenoll-tegeder_ditch

by Steven Noll and David Tegeder

“Touches every era and most great figures of Florida politics.”—Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Reveals as much about modern-day Florida as it does the state’s past—particularly when it comes to competing visions of progress, growth, preservation, and the use of political power to achieve those goals.”—Florida Trend

Heedless of environmental concerns, groups of water transportation advocates consistently lobbied the federal government to connect the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, a project intended to place Florida at the very center of American commerce and prosperity. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, Steven Noll and David Tegeder trace the twists and turns of the project through the years.

 

3806Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House

by Carolyn Morrow Long

“Shed[s] light on what is fact and what is purely fiction in a tale that’s still told nightly on the streets of New Orleans.”—Deep South Magazine

“Required reading for visitors to New Orleans, especially those planning to take one of the ubiquitous ghost tours. . . . Demonstrate[s] that New Orleans history can haunt us without exaggerations or embellishments.”—Louisiana History

Carolyn Long, a meticulous researcher of New Orleans history, disentangles the threads of fact and legend that have intertwined over the decades. Was Madame Lalaurie a sadistic abuser? Mentally ill? Or merely the victim of an unfair and sensationalist press? Using carefully documented eyewitness testimony, archival documents, and family letters, Long opens wide the door on the legend of Madame Lalaurie’s haunted house.

 

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