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Tales from Margaritaville: 09/14/06

Tales from Margaritaville

I grew up on Buffett's music. He was one of a small number of singers my parents would play when we'd go camping. His songs would be played in the car (or R.V.) and at the campsite as we ate our meals or read books before bedtime. So when BookCrossing (thanks Deb, aka countedx58) introduced me to A Salty Piece of Land, I had to try the book. I loved it and was hooked. Every book so far of Buffett's that I've read, I've enjoyed.

Tales from Margaritaville is my most recent Buffett read. This book is a collection of stories, some factual and some fictional. All of them share his love of fishing, the Keys, New Orleans, music and sailing. My favorite bit of the book was the first third which is comprised of a series of short stories all connected to Where is Joe Merchant? and all sharing characters and locations, although they take place in different years.

Here is my BookCrossing review:

I loved this book! The first third is made up of a series of short stories that are linked together by characters and locations. They are also tied to Where is Joe Merchant?, a novel by Buffett that I highly recommend. The second third are stories that are probably somewhere between fiction and fact. The main character is clearly Buffett but the events don't add up or are presented as dream sequences. The final third are clearly non-fiction memories of Buffett. All of these stories are entertaining and fun to read.

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