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Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus, and Neon Pies

Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus, and Neon Pies

An Unofficial Guide to Florida's Official Symbols

by Mark Lane

Hardback Publication Date: 08/10/2019

  $36.25
With an eye for the illogical and a flair for the irreverent, journalist Mark Lane aims his sharp wit at one of the most intriguing duties of the Florida legislature--signing state symbols into law. In Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus, and Neon Pies, he spotlights nineteen things that have been proposed and/or appointed to officially define Florida. Lane guides readers through the often-comic historical events that led to the selection of Florida's official fruit, tree, gem, bird, song, and other items ranging from the well known to the obscure, packing in personal stories and laugh-out-loud moments along the way. Did you know the state slogan was almost "the alligator state"? Or that a mailbox in the shape of the state marine mammal can tell you a lot about a person? Readers will also discover that the bill proposing the state soil caused a crisis in the Senate and that the state play--written in the peculiar genre of symphonic outdoor drama--puts a heroic spin on the grisly European conquest of St. Augustine. "Full of the kind of unnecessary commentary that might cause trouble," as Lane describes it, this book is also written with affection toward the wide diversity of lives and experiences that make up the state he calls home. He shows that deciding the things that represent us at any given moment is far trickier than it appears. Especially in Florida, a state aptly symbolized by "a lot of contradictions baked into a Key lime pie."
ISBN:
9780813066233
9780813066233
Category:
Humour
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
08-10-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
215.9x139.7x17.53mm
Weight:
0.34kg
Mark Lane

Mark Lane, with his background in architecture publishing and landscape design, takes both a practical and an aesthetic approach to gardening. He has gained recognition as a first-class landscape designer and the UK's first garden designer in a wheelchair, and is a presenter on the award-winning TV series BBC Gardener's World.

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