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Paradise Screwed: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasenby Carl Hiaasen
Synopses & Reviews
Carl Hiaasen takes you on a wide-ranging safari, observing south Florida's wildlife in its natural habitat — from fat-cat politicians to migrating mobsters, drowning dolphins to stray chads. This collection of Miami Herald columns — written with a satiric wit and biting humor — will give Hiaasen fans a glimpse of the facts that inspire his frenetic fiction.
Harking back to the muckraking journalists of old, Hiaasen lets readers in on the comings and goings of corrupt local politicos, misguided tourist bureaus, and flailing sports franchises. He tackles such current events as the Elian Gonzalez imbroglio and the 2000 presidential election recount. All in all, more than two hundred columns chronicle the everyday circus that gives south Florida a flavor and a flair all its own.
Since 1985, Hiaasen's twice-weekly, baseball-bat-to-the-forehead column has given the average citizen a voice. A staunch defender of his native state, Hiaasen isn't afraid to take anyone on, including environmental despoilers, Big Tobacco, and the NRA. But as proven in his first collection of columns, Kick Ass, his righteous rage and spirited wit resonate far beyond the Sunshine State — and show readers a world-class journalist in his element.
In this sequel to "Kick Ass," bestselling author Hiaasen pulls no punches and keeps his humor intact for 200 more essays about politicians, judges, lobbyists, zoning boards, evangelists, environmental scofflaws, and more south Florida weirdness.
"Takes readers on a head-shaking romp through a south Florida that they won't find in any tourist brochure. . . . Hiaasen's writing is fearless and the targets endless: politicians, municipal employees, judges, lobbyists, zoning boards, evangelists, athletic franchises, environmental scofflaws, Disney, the NRA, Big Tobacco. . . . Pulls no punches and keeps his sense of humor and outrage firmly intact."--Publishers Weekly
"These sharp, amusing pieces confirm Hiaasen's status as a bird so rare--the humorous popular novelist with an acutely critical social perspective--that he's practically an endangered species."--Kirkus Reviews
"He writes about politics and politicians, crime and criminals, ordinary people and extraordinary people, and a lot of just plain south Florida weirdness. . . . Along with Kick Ass, this is one of the best collections of occasional journalism published in recent years."--Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Bestselling author Carl Hiaasen has written Tourist Season, Strip Tease, Sick Puppy, Skinny Dip, and many other novels that have helped define Florida noir. He is also the author of three popular books for young readers, Hoot, Flush, and most recently, Scat. His nonfiction includes Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World and Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport. A Florida native and lifelong resident, Hiaasen still writes regularly for the Miami Herald, where he has worked for 33 years and where these columns first appeared. His Web site is www.carlhiaasen.com.Diane Stevenson teaches research writing in the psychology department at the University of Florida.
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