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Backroads of Paradise : A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida (Hardcover) (Cathy Salustri)

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5,000 miles of past, present, and future in a road trip to explore it all
“A handy road companion for any tourist, newcomer, or longtime Floridian who wants to get off the beaten path and travel back in time.”—Bobby Braddock, Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter
“In staccato bursts of frenzy and passion, Salustri has written a modern love story affirming her tangled relationship with the Sunshine State. Retracing the routes of 1930s guidebooks, she re-creates the great Florida road trip.”—Gary R. Mormino, author of Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams
“This delightful trip through space and time gives us glimpses back and ahead at our ever-evolving Florida. Salustri stops along the way to mourn the parts of paradise we’ve lost and to celebrate what’s still around to enjoy.”—Craig Pittman, author of Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country
“A compelling, bittersweet odyssey across seventy-five years of Florida changes, a trip filled with dreams tarnished now by overdevelopment but still harboring a few unspoiled pieces of paradise.”—Brian Rucker, author of Treasures of the Panhandle: A Journey through West Florida
In the 1930s, the Federal Writers’ Project paid Stetson Kennedy and Zora Neale Hurston, along with other lesser-known writers, to create driving tours of Florida. The FWP and the state of Florida jointly published the results as Florida:A Guide to the Southernmost State. In Backroads of Paradise, Cathy Salustri retraces the routes these writers traveled, bringing a modern eye to the historic tours. She guides readers through forgotten and unknown corners of the state as well as some more familiar haunts. These journeys are interlaced with nuggets of history, environmental debates about Florida’s future, and a narrative that combines humor with a strong affection for an oft-maligned state.

Today, Salustri urges, tourists need a new nudge—to get off the interstates or away from Disney in order to discover the real Florida. Her travel narrative, following what are now backroads and scenic routes, guides armchair travelers and road warriors alike to historic sites, natural wonders, and notable man-made attractions—comparing the past views with the present landscape and commenting on greater or lesser changes along the way.
Number of Pages: 239
Genre: History, Travel
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
Author: Cathy Salustri
Language: English
Street Date: October 4, 2016
TCIN: 51733041
UPC: 9780813062969
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-7769
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