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In the land of good living : a journey to the heart of Florida / Kent Russell.

Russell, Kent, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Detroit Lakes Public Library 917.5904 RUS (Text) 33500013268412 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525521389
  • ISBN: 0525521380
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf."
Summary, etc.:
"In the summer of 2016, Kent Russell--broke, at loose ends, hungry for adventure--set off to walk across Florida. Mythic, superficial, soaked in contradictions, maligned by cultural elites, segregated from the south, and literally vanishing into the sea, Florida (or, as he calls it: "American Concentrate") seemed to Russell to embody America's divided soul. The journey with two friends intent on filming the ensuing mayhem, quickly reduces the trio to filthy, drifters pushing a shopping cart of camera equipment. They get waylaid by a concerned citizen bearing a rifle; buy cocaine from an ex-wrestler; visit a spiritual medium; attend a cuckold party. The narrative overflows with historical detail about how modern Florida came into being after World War II; and how it came to be a petri-dish for life in a suddenly, increasingly, diverse new land of minority-majority cities and of unrivaled ethnic and religious variety. Russell has taken it all in with his incomparably focused lens, and delivered a book that is both an inspired travelogue and a profound rumination on the nation's soul--and his own. It is a book that is wildly vivid, encyclopedic, erudite, and ferociously irreverent--a deeply ambivalent love letter to his sprawling, brazenly varied home state"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
    Russell and Noah, both at loose ends—Russell between freelance writing gigs and Noah unemployed after serving in the marine corps in Iraq—needed a project. So Noah suggested they follow in the footsteps of Walkin' Lawton Chiles, who rose from obscurity to launch a successful political career by logging over 1,000 miles canvassing Florida on foot. Along the way, they plan to film a gonzo documentary about Florida, the land of hustlers and carpetbaggers, that might serve as a fitting elegy to the state when rising waters, driven by climate change, return the region to swamp. The pair sets out, along with Russell's writing buddy turned documentarian Glenn, to capture Florida all its glory, and their efforts do not disappoint. Whether hauling shrimp, being greeted at gunpoint, or interviewing Jesus in an off-white robe at Epcot Center, Russell writes of his home state with the affectionate exasperation of kinship. His rollicking style is interspersed with screenplay-like scenes that capture the punchy back-and-forth between the three men, their trip as changeable and open to reinvention as the great state they set out to capture. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

KENT RUSSELL's essays have appeared in The New Republic, Harper's Magazine, GQ, n+1, The Believer, and Grantland. He is the author of I Am Sorry to Have Raised A Timid Son. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Subject: Russell, Kent > Travel > Florida.
Florida > Description and travel.
Russell, Kent.
Genre: Travel writing.

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