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Best Book Ever

May 10, 2021

Today's guest Mia Laurenzo, of the SoFlo Weird Show, is a curator of everything weird and wonderful about our most improbable state. The book she chose is nonfiction account about three men who journey through Florida on foot. It’s as nutty and delightful as it sounds.


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Guest: Mia Laurenzo

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Travel Documentaries by Mia Laurenzo:

Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled

Weird Florida On the Road Again


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Discussed in this episode:

In the Land of Good Living: A Journey to the Heart of Florida by Kent Russell

Weird Florida: Your Travel Guide to Florida’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Charlie Carlson

Miami International Book Fair

Walkin’ Lawton Chiles (Florida governor candidate who walked through Florida to meet voters)

Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Heather Graham

James Patterson

Florida Congress on Racial Equality (CORE)

Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights by Tananarive Due and Patricia Stevens Due

Orange Blossom 2.0 by Cesar Becerra


In our Patreon Conversation, I asked Mia about her favorite off-the-beaten-track spots to visit in Florida.

Homestead, Florida

Coral Castle, Florida

The World’s Smallest Post Office, Ochopee Florida

The Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

Schnebly’s Winery

Bok Tower Gardens

Mt. Dora, Florida

Mexico Beach, Florida

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