Only in Florida: Why did the Manatee Cross the Road & Other True Tales

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More than 20 million people live in Florida, that unique land that juts off into the Atlantic. They are ranchers and golfers, sunbathers and retirees. And their lives often fall within the realm of the perfectly normal. But sometimes these Floridians, many of whom have flocked from elsewhere, find themselves in Sunshine State situations. Meet the acting student who had a close encounter with superstar Burt Reynolds, the New Yorker who put down roots here after attending a school of fish, the woman who barely found her house after a hurricane and a girl who survived—and thrived—after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre. Professional storyteller Caren Schnur Neile traverses the state to share thirty-three true-life tales from everyday Floridians in extraordinary situations.
ISBN: 9781467143066
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Images: 38
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Caren Schnur Neile, PhD, is a performance storyteller who has taught storytelling studies at Florida Atlantic University’s School of Communication & Multimedia Studies since 2001. Dr. Neile has appeared throughout the United States and abroad, including as a university instructor in Warsaw and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in universities in Jerusalem and Vienna. She is the former chair of the National Storytelling Network and a former founding editor of the international academic journal Storytelling, Self, Society. Dr. Neile cohosts The Public Storyteller, a weekly segment on South Florida public radio WLRN 91.3 FM. Her numerous publications include a recent entry in the Oxford University Press Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies and her previous book for The History Press, Florida Lore.