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Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators by Jeff Klinkenberg
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Sep 29, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: essays, journalism, florida

Whether he is writing about a make-them-yourself pancake house, a man who lost an arm to an alligator named Mojo, or his mother shortly after her death, St. Petersburg Times columnist Jeff Klinkenberg goes far beyond the obvious goal of documenting what Florida means to him in his collection "Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators." The writing is consistently engaging, the range of topics fascinating, and the inspiration to seek out more of his work at the St. Petersburg Times website a natural byproduct of what he offers here. From his articles of pop icons including the Coppertone girl and the two actors who played The Creature from the Black Lagoon (one underwater, the other on terra firma) to exquisite portraits of sponge divers, a man who makes the ladders used by citrus pickers, and the musician who plays the carillon at Bok Sanctuary (in Lake Wales), you can’t leave Klinkenberg’s book without an appreciation for the state he so clearly loves and, in turns, helps the rest of us explore.

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