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The Florida Keys: A History & Guide

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The Florida Keys: A History & Guide is an engaging handbook to the unique coral and limestone islands that curve southwest off the tip of Florida. Acclaimed novelist and Florida resident Joy Williams traces U.S. Highway 1 from Key Largo to Key West, combining the best of local legend—colorful stories you won’t find in other guidebooks—with insightful commentary and the ...more
ebook, Tenth Edition, 214 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Random House (first published March 12th 1987)
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Anna
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joy Williams does what very little can: write well.

One of the best guidebooks I have ever encountered.
Toni
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: information, history
This book was written in 1987 so it isn't much good for finding hotels and restaurants today. If it's history you are looking for - this is the book. Fink out how Key Largo got it's name, who is buried under the Hurricane Monument, why was Indian Key the County Seat of Dade County, and so much more. I live in the Keys and this book told me things I never knew.
Tatiana
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so shockingly good that I couldn't keep it to myself. Literally, I read the whole thing aloud to whomever would let me until they begged for more.
Alyson Hagy
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This "guide" to the Keys is not like any travel book you've ever read. Williams, one of our finest fiction writers, knows the Keys in her bones--and her keen observations and mordant wit make this a very memorable read about one of the continent's most unique landscapes. Yes, the specific information about hotels and historical sites may be a bit out of date, but phone numbers and business hours can be acquired via smart phone. What can't be conveyed so well on a digital device are the wonders o ...more
Kaia
May 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Parts were interesting, but did not understand the need to put down the tourists and cruise passengers so much. Tourism is the only way to support the economy. I did enjoy the history and descriptions of the quirky people.
Beth
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, nonfiction
Joyless and hectoring, yet thorough.
Valerie Kite
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book because I have been to Keys. It is a learnimg experience sttill. Almost a criticism of overpopilation.
Kara
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay. Very opinionated author.
Nick Moran
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much more than a guidebook.
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