Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter speaks on his new book,
Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country.
Currently residing on the New York Times travel best-seller list, Craig Pittman's book is a love song to the state he loves -- that never fails to confound him. He "delivers a convincing case that Florida’s reputation for off-the-chain zaniness is not only historically accurate, but an evolving carnival of delight," reviewer Janis Owens said in the Washington Post.
"His joyous deconstruction is offered with the humor, zest and storytelling skill of a roomful of uncles telling tall tales at a family funeral," Owens writes. Alligators! Ponzi schemers! Rooms for rent on Airbnb in the former Indian River Correctional Institution! You can't make this stuff up.
"Pittman’s Florida is a hovering oasis of natural beauty, created by God but gilded by man for the pleasure of the tourist, the gawker, the desperate transplant, who come to the state with the expectation of a gonzo, one-of-a-kind experience," Owens writes. "Oh, Florida! proves the state is still well up to the task."