Postcards from Paradise: Romancing Key West [NOOK Book]

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Detailing life in tiny, artsy, anything-goes Key West—where Broadway composers and bestselling authors live on the same funky blocks as housekeepers, bartenders, and tour guides—this updated collection of essays and columns about island life features pieces that first appeared in the Miami Herald. Profiles of colorful characters such as an Italian heiress who waits tables, a dishwasher with a PhD, and a taxi-driving opera singer provide ...
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Overview

Detailing life in tiny, artsy, anything-goes Key West—where Broadway composers and bestselling authors live on the same funky blocks as housekeepers, bartenders, and tour guides—this updated collection of essays and columns about island life features pieces that first appeared in the Miami Herald. Profiles of colorful characters such as an Italian heiress who waits tables, a dishwasher with a PhD, and a taxi-driving opera singer provide a kaleidoscopic portrait of residents living, working, and playing in a caste-free, rowdy paradise.
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Editorial Reviews

Randall Enos
The best way to appreciate this book of 60 essays and accompanying photographs is to kick off your shoes, find the nearest wicker chair, and place your favorite refreshment close at hand. The miles between you and Keith's Key West will melt away as her words transport you to her "par"adise" island. Keith writes a regular column on Key West for the "Miami Herald"; collected here, the columns, as the title indicates, do have the feel of a series of well-written, thought-provoking postcards. There truly is a love affair between Keith and the citizenry and quirky culture that make Key West such a magical place. Where else can you get superb cafe con leche at a laundromat? There is much to make the heart soar here, but there is also a great deal of sadness. Can this really be a book about paradise if it has an index with more references to AIDS than to the Seven Mile Bridge? Highlights include thoughts on the joys of waitressing and a piece about an encounter between the bikers (as in leather and motorcycles) and the "fairies." Reading through these essays is like spending a short time in Key West: with the dawn of each new day, you have the anticipation of a new adventure.
From the Publisher
"The town stays under your skin."  —St. Petersburg Times

"Her love for the people of Key West makes one wish her type thrived all over small-town America."  —Southern Voice

"A June Keith column is like a Key West sunset—once it begins you're hooked until it ends."  —NBC News

"A pleasure to read."  —Alan Shearer, editorial director, The Washington Post Writers Group

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974352442
  • Publisher: Palm Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

June Keith is a former columnist for the Miami Herald and the author of June Keith's Key West and the Florida Keys and More Postcards from Paradise. She lives in Key West.

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Table of Contents


Paradise Lost and Found     1
Glitz Glitter and Grind     5
My First Ex     9
Grampa's Wild Blue Yonder     13
Yellow Bird     17
Adam Met Eve on a Saturday Night     21
Donde Tu Vas     25
Babes in Paradise     29
No Such Thing As Too Sweet, Baby     33
Sleep of the Fearless     37
The Great Wall     41
The Land of Make Believe     45
Hard Rock, Soft Rock     49
The Windchill Factor     53
My Black History     57
Rebel Joe and JFK     61
Forever Stuart     65
Uncle Jack     69
Fairy in a Wicker Chair     73
My Year of Love with Don Johnson     77
Bus Person Wanted     81
Table Near A Waitress     85
Little Knock'em Down Key     89
The Dark Side of the Moon     93
Aching For Love     97
Sweet Dreams, Big Daddy     101
81 Days in Paradise     105
A Little Bit of Elvis     109
The Great Escape     113
Last Mango in Paris     117
A Week of Hell in Paradise     121
The Big O     125
His Key West     129
Roll Over Beethoven     133
Spirit of '76     137
Hummingbird on a Moonbeam     141
Nikki Vicki Brenda     145
Peep Show     149
Ray Gets Fired     153
The Box Man     157
Weird Science     161
The Daily Scratch     165
Fat Cat Capsizing     169
Love Always     173
Hell at Blue Heaven     177
The Other Woman is a Brain Surgeon     181
The Misfit     185
A Hard Days Night     189
The Pope of Gato Village     193
The Sting     197
Love at First Sight     201
Love's Gotta Go First Class     205
Something Wild About Harry     209
Tennessee Williams Time     213
Stick Out Your Can     217
This Rock Won't Roll     221
Walking in the Sand     225
We'll Die For You     229
It's A Good Thing     233
Judge Judy Duty     237
Quiet! It's the Universe     241
Talking Head Widow     245
The Dawn Busters     249
The Gift Horse Posture     253
The Madness of Motherhood     257
The Morning After     261
A Reinvented Rose     265
Born of the Sun     269
Write Whatever You Want     273
A Visit to Ybor City     277
More Than Anything     281
Chemo Country     285
The Finish Line     289
Bring Me A Higher Love     293
Index     296
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  • Posted June 24, 2009

    Fine if you've been to KW

    This book simply a memoir of a moderately interesting person's life. I was hoping the book would be a more poetic account of the Key West culture and history. Ms. Keith does have some interesting stories, but the writing isn't very good, nor was the editing. I would not recommend this book for someone who hasn't already been to Key West and established a relationship with this magical island, but for those who have, it can be fun to imagine yourself on the streets and landmarks as they're mentioned throughout the book.

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