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Hot Damn!: Alligators in the Casino, Nude Women in the Grass, How Seashells Changed the Course of History, and Other Dispatches from Paradise

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James W. Hall is the critically acclaimed author of eleven crime novels, including Body Language and Blackwater Sound. He's also published four books of poetry. And several of his short stories have appeared in magazines like the Georgia Review and Kenyon Review.

Now, writing in the spirit of Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor, Hall wins a new kind of reader with this collecti
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2002)
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Fun little stories.
If you're not from Florida or spent significant time there, you might feel left out.
Sarah
Aug 07, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
Near the end of my summer in Florida, I figured I better read this book before I left and could no longer relate. And that's the thing, if the reader is familiar with Florida, like, really familiar with it, not just "spent a week there on spring break" kind of familiar, then s/he may find this collection of essays amusing, touching, and worthwhile. If one is not familiar with Florida, I'm not sure I would recommend this.

The essays are diverse, but all reach only about 4 pages in length. This is
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Alex DeBlois
Apr 20, 2012 Alex DeBlois rated it liked it
Essays are tricky. They often show a side of the author completely unrelated to the fiction they write. I have mixed feelings about how writers earn their living day-to-day and the novels they publish. Often they are so far removed, it's hard to keep my interest in the essays. Also they tend to be very provincial and timely as they are often originally consumed in a newspaper. Take the reader out of that time and away from the local knowledge the writer may presume and they become less interesti ...more
Drew
Mar 07, 2012 Drew rated it it was ok
I decided to finish this since I had finished what I was reading and wanted a little break before I started my next book. Some of these essays are excellent but many are just so-so. Hall is handicapped by covering the same territory as Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen and it doesn't help that the book's cover promises more of their brand of south-Florida hilarity.
Vince Gotera
Dec 16, 2011 Vince Gotera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this isn't the funniest book I've ever read, it's darn close. No, it is the funniest book I've ever read. Period. Bar none. Check it out. Get it for people on your Christmas or holiday list. Whatever. Your friends and relatives will love you for it.
Marc
Jul 04, 2016 Marc rated it liked it
An enjoyable but immemorable compilation of articles written for the type of regional light-reading magazine that has been driven into irrelevance by blogs
Arlene Allen
Aug 19, 2011 Arlene Allen rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
1. I had James Hall as a teacher at FIU. 2. He has South Florida pegged. 3. He is funny as all hell.
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Shelves: non-fiction
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Aug 18, 2013 Denise Shereff rated it really liked it
A perfect Florida summer read!
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James Wilson Hall is an Edgar and Shamus Award-winning author whose books have been translated into a dozen languages. He has written eighteen novels, four books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a collection of He also won a John D. MacDonald Award for Excelle
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