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Best known for his outrageous personality, his 19 MCA record albums, and 20 years of sold-out concerts, Jimmy Buffett now applies his classic Southern story-telling ability in a collection of bizarre and hilarious escapades--both autobiographic and imaginary.


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Best known for his outrageous personality, his 19 MCA record albums, and 20 years of sold-out concerts, Jimmy Buffett now applies his classic Southern story-telling ability in a collection of bizarre and hilarious escapades--both autobiographic and imaginary.

30 review for Tales from Margaritaville: Fictional Facts and Factual Fictions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sav Couey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. That Jimmy Buffett Or Jimmy (Buff•A) as I call him 😉 has one creative mind, but I guess really how could you not when your name is almost the same thing as a place that’s ‘all you can eat?’ I have to talk about each little story in the book separately because they each had their own pros & cons. •Take Another Road It was a good read but it was hard to tell what type of character Tully was. In some parts he was an adult who lacked basic skills like how to swim but could ride horseback straight ou That Jimmy Buffett Or Jimmy (Buff•A) as I call him 😉 has one creative mind, but I guess really how could you not when your name is almost the same thing as a place that’s ‘all you can eat?’ I have to talk about each little story in the book separately because they each had their own pros & cons. •Take Another Road It was a good read but it was hard to tell what type of character Tully was. In some parts he was an adult who lacked basic skills like how to swim but could ride horseback straight out of the womb, however, in other parts of this short story, I felt as Tully was a little boy imaging everything, which I think sounds like the better option because being an adult and lacking basic life skills is kind of crazy. •Off To See The Lizard This story was repetitive. “Boring Alice, as locals affectionately nicknamed her...” (62) almost that exact same line was mentioned in the first story as well. “Where fort art Dow, coach?” Old man Purdy snickered. “Off to see the Lizard...” Romeo answered.” (69) I freaking loved that. Frank L. Baum AND Shakespeare in the same place? Hell yes! What’s more to say about this little story other than there’s a character named ‘Balls’ and that’s pretty freaking hilarious. •Boomerang Love My favorite one out of them all. It was such a cute romance story plus the character had an awesome relationship with her dad and things like that are rare to find so it was awesome reading about it. “See Daddy, if you think California is far away, what the hell would you do if I moved to Saturn?” She asked. “I have a feeling I’d feel a lot more comfortable with you living on Saturn than out in Hollyweird.” (90) I have never been to California, but this struck my funny bone, because celebrities are weird. •The Swamp Creature Let One In Everything was worded much better in this one, and it was more on the scary side. This story was on that Stephen King type shit. •The Pascagoula Run Holy Hell, another terrifying one, somebody remind me never to go to Pascagoula! Also, one of the Characters is Uncle Raymond, and I have an Uncle Raymond as well so it was pretty cool seeing that in a book. •I wish Lunch Could Last Forever This one was the most confusing. Isabella had a dream that literally came true and packed her bag to board a ship but in the next scene she was at work? So she packed her bag for work? In the scene after that she was back on the boat, so does she work on the boat? There was just a lot of details missing. Also, why the hell was this little girl kissing an old man? What a perv. Buffett labeled each setting in this one, which is something he didn’t do in the others. •You Can’t Take It With You Reading an actual story about Buffett’s times in Margaritaville was wonderful. It was a super sad story though about a guy who wanted to commit suicide and it was so detailed about how he planned to do it that you couldn’t help but cringe. Oddly enough, his phone company is what saved his life, strange. •Are You Ready For Freddy? I LOVED THIS. It was a fictional story that taught life lessons and ones I needed to hear. “Lesson One: Never forget, they are always the enemy. Lesson Two: Just remember assholes are born that way, and they usually don’t change. Lesson Three: You don’t want to go to jail. Lesson Four: When you start to take this job seriously, you’re in trouble. Lesson Five: It takes no more time to see the good in life than it does to see the bad. Lesson Six: If you decide to run with the ball, just count on fumbling and getting the shit knocked out of you a lot, but never forget just how much fun it is just to be able to run with the ball.” (186-187) •Hooked In The Heart These stories are supposedly fictional, but this one felt all too real. Buffett detailed it so well that I could actually imagine everything happening, and what an adventure it was! •Life In The Food Chain A ship called ‘Savannah Jane?’ I think yes! It would even cuter if there was no ‘h’ at the end though! 😉 •A Gift For The Buccaneer This story answered the unasked question from the last story. Buffett has a daughter named Savannah and a wife named Jane, and that’s here the name of the ship came from. This was a diligent story about bravery and one sassy little girl! •Sometimes I Feel Like A Rudderless Child This was humorous at the beginning but became more serious in a heartbeat. It taught a lesson about why teamwork is important. Overall, I enjoyed Buffett’s little short stories. They were good despite some of them being repetitive or confusing. The stories all mostly have something to do with ships, and it’s so weird because I started having dreams I was on a ship all thanks to this book! What’s cool too is that throughout reading, you find out that Margaritaville is really wherever you want it to be. I was made to believe it was located in Panama City Beach, and maybe there’s a location there, but the actual Margaritaville Buffett is talking about, is his own little slice of paradise, “wherever that may be.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    I have read some of Jimmy’s books and I am a huge fan of his. You may label be a Parrothead and I will wear it with pride. Tales from Margaritaville is a journey for dreamers and adventurers to let your imagination and your inner child run wild and free. Join us in this wonderfully fun walkabout with Jimmy Buffett. Everyone asks, “Where is Margaritaville?” It is in the minds and souls of all us beach lovers. We will spend a lot of time In Heat Wave, Alabama, we will also travel from the west to the I have read some of Jimmy’s books and I am a huge fan of his. You may label be a Parrothead and I will wear it with pride. Tales from Margaritaville is a journey for dreamers and adventurers to let your imagination and your inner child run wild and free. Join us in this wonderfully fun walkabout with Jimmy Buffett. Everyone asks, “Where is Margaritaville?” It is in the minds and souls of all us beach lovers. We will spend a lot of time In Heat Wave, Alabama, we will also travel from the west to the east coast, visit Wyoming with Tully Mars and cruise the Carribbean. You will meet the Swamp Creature, enjoy some football, play some golf and sail the seas. You will smell the ocean and the swamp and feel the cool tropical breezes as we travel through the imagination of a third-generation sailor. So many of the destinations are familiar. I have lived in Alabama, been to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, traveled to Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Cancun, cruised the Carribbean and had a cocktail or two at Pusser’s in Tortola. I loved it! It brought back many memories and gave me thoughts for the future. All the time I was reading, his songs were playing through my head and I had a smile on my face, even when I was worried about them being stranded on the seas in a terrible storm. I had confidence that Jimmy would prevail. So, hop aboard and let the adventure begin!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    Reading TALES FROM MARGARITAVILLE is like being at a love-fest for the CD recordings "Songs You Know By Heart" and "Off to See the Lizard." In the story Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, we meet Tully who is leaving Wyoming with his horse. Then there are the Heatwave Alabama tales: Off to See the Lizard, Boomerang Love and then finally the Son of a Son of a Sailor story. I read this book a long time ago but it hasn't left my collection. When I run across the book while rearranging the Reading TALES FROM MARGARITAVILLE is like being at a love-fest for the CD recordings "Songs You Know By Heart" and "Off to See the Lizard." In the story Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, we meet Tully who is leaving Wyoming with his horse. Then there are the Heatwave Alabama tales: Off to See the Lizard, Boomerang Love and then finally the Son of a Son of a Sailor story. I read this book a long time ago but it hasn't left my collection. When I run across the book while rearranging the bookshelves (i.e. hunting for another book), I sometimes stop and read a story again just for the fun of it. I'm not a parrot head, but I have been exposed to enough Buffett from sailing that I think its fun stuff, always great memories. Kate, a friend at work, is a fully qualified parrothead having attended at least twelve concerts AND she's still in her early twenties. Of course, she doesn't have her mother to blame for this. It is all in one's upbringing, I guess. Kate's opinion about this book? "enough already of the old stories." Well, I liked them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Holcomb

    If you are a fan of Buffett's, you'll enjoy this book for about all it gives you. I found myself rolling my eyes whenever he pulled out a line or phrase from one of his books, and found some of the stories more interesting than others. They aren't consistent--it's like he decided he needed a love story here, a sports story there...I liked that he repeated characters we would meet in one story and write about them, so you got to know people, but some of the stories were trite and almost like he w If you are a fan of Buffett's, you'll enjoy this book for about all it gives you. I found myself rolling my eyes whenever he pulled out a line or phrase from one of his books, and found some of the stories more interesting than others. They aren't consistent--it's like he decided he needed a love story here, a sports story there...I liked that he repeated characters we would meet in one story and write about them, so you got to know people, but some of the stories were trite and almost like he wrote them without any editing. I would have preferred if he didn't jump forward and then back and then forward again in time, but all in all I'm not sorry I read it. More than once, the "I love you, but I have to live my own life" plot was used, food is often mentioned (and in great detail) and of course the sea is always present almost as a character in and of itself. Just not sure I'd recommend it to anyone but a true Parrothead.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bradley S. Mabe

    One of the best books I've ever read. It's on my "shelf of twelve" books that I go back to when I need inspiration or a laugh. These are short stories that weave into a kind of tapestry, or perhaps more of an area rug. One of the best books I've ever read. It's on my "shelf of twelve" books that I go back to when I need inspiration or a laugh. These are short stories that weave into a kind of tapestry, or perhaps more of an area rug.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Denise Spicer

    This 1989 collection of fiction and autobiographical short stories by celebrity author and singer/musician, Jimmy Buffett, are mainly vignette or slice-of- life type stories. Set primarily in the Gulf Coast or the Caribbean they have a tropical ambience and colorful, but not very well-developed, characters.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    a book about free spirits. FOR free spirits. this book is a vacation. takes you on adventures. especially love the island vibes... listened to Margaritaville while reading this... The ultimate experience.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Tales from Margaritaville (Fictional Facts and Factional Fictions) is a collection of short stories by Jimmy Buffett. Stories read in random order, as part of the 2014 Deal Me In! Short Story Reading Challenge (bibliophilica.wordpress.com/deal-me-i...). Take Another Road A sweet story of wanderlust and fulfilled dreams. Tully Mars is an authentic Wyoming ranch cowboy, working cattle daily with his beloved trusty horse Mr. Twain, named after Tully’s hero, author Mark Twain. When the ranch is sold to Tales from Margaritaville (Fictional Facts and Factional Fictions) is a collection of short stories by Jimmy Buffett. Stories read in random order, as part of the 2014 Deal Me In! Short Story Reading Challenge (bibliophilica.wordpress.com/deal-me-i...). Take Another Road A sweet story of wanderlust and fulfilled dreams. Tully Mars is an authentic Wyoming ranch cowboy, working cattle daily with his beloved trusty horse Mr. Twain, named after Tully’s hero, author Mark Twain. When the ranch is sold to a phoney-baloney developer, Tully packs his belongings and hits the road with Mr. Twain, in search of the island paradise of his dreams. Tully is so genuine a person that he inspires true friendships with the people he meets on his journey. Tully is depressed by the commercialism of his hero’s hometown Hannibal, Missouri and at Graceland, but he keeps going on his quest. He eventually is rewarded beyond his dreams. A heart-warming tale I enjoyed and recommend. I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever A pleasant, rambling tale of Isabella’s life, from Saint-Pierre on Martinique to sailing the Caribbean with Captain Will from Nantucket, to working in a doll shop in New Orleans, her love affair with Slade Patterson, their trip to Snake Bite Key, and finally her specialty restaurant in Paris. Interesting and entertaining. Walkabout As an introduction to his short stories, Jimmy explains the aboriginal practice of walkabout, how he adopted it to satisfy his own wanderlust, and thereby had plenty of adventures to write about for this collection. The Swamp Creature Let One In Two good-old-boys in Louisiana with more money than brains bet on golf. A tale filled with drinking and local legends. Where is Margaritaville? A short introduction to the collection of short stories about boats, wanderlust, and relationships, inspired by Jimmy’s boyhood dreams and fleshed out with his real-life experiences exploring the world. Off to See the Lizard Two women who own and operate a diner in their hometown are enthusiastic (obsessed) supporters of the high school sports team. Boomerang Love Long-ago lovers return to their hometown to experience a hurricane together. The Pascagoula Run by Jimmy Buffett A boy dreads an obligatory visit with relatives, until his uncle Billy makes the journey fun.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tania

    This is an entertaining collection of short stories that will hit home with any Parrothead for its connection to his music. Each story is self-contained, and yet many share characters and so they can also be enjoyed for drawing out the longer tale. Many of the short stories revolve around the life and times of Heat Wave, Alabama, and Snake Bite Key, but there are other settings as well. In general, it maintains undercurrents of island life and the carefree attitudes of people infected with wande This is an entertaining collection of short stories that will hit home with any Parrothead for its connection to his music. Each story is self-contained, and yet many share characters and so they can also be enjoyed for drawing out the longer tale. Many of the short stories revolve around the life and times of Heat Wave, Alabama, and Snake Bite Key, but there are other settings as well. In general, it maintains undercurrents of island life and the carefree attitudes of people infected with wanderlust. It is fun, with hints of the mysterious and unexplained, touches of the supernatural, and a lot of over-the-top characters that will lift your spirits and take you away from the everyday. This is by far my favorite book by Buffet to date. Towards the end he also shares 4 true stories from his life, and those were a blast to read as well. Throughout the book it just felt natural, the stories flowed and the characters, however improbable, felt as if they belonged in the worlds in which they lived. As a bonus, quotes from Buffet songs popped up in bunches, and would instantly put a song in your head. Some might find that corny or distracting, but I found it irresistible. Short stories included in this book: *The Heat Wave Chronicles - Take Another Road - Off to See the Lizard - Boomerang Love - The Swamp Creature Let One In - The Pascagoula Run - I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever *Margarita Madness - You Can't Take It With You - Are You Ready for Freddy * Son of a Son of a Sailor - Hooked in the Heart - Life in the Food Chain - A Gift for the Buccaneer - Sometimes I feel like a Rudderless Child

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lynette

    As a 30+ year parrot head, of course I loved this book – it’s like getting the back-story into some of Jimmy’s song lyrics. It’s a rather random collection with the tie-in for the first set (The Heat Wave Chronicles) being the mythical island “Snake-Bite Key” off the coast of Alabama, and the over-all tie-in being the concept of Margaritaville… As I’ve known all along, Jimmy is a great story teller. I enjoyed the blend of fiction and autobiographical incidents. I wished for more conclusive resol As a 30+ year parrot head, of course I loved this book – it’s like getting the back-story into some of Jimmy’s song lyrics. It’s a rather random collection with the tie-in for the first set (The Heat Wave Chronicles) being the mythical island “Snake-Bite Key” off the coast of Alabama, and the over-all tie-in being the concept of Margaritaville… As I’ve known all along, Jimmy is a great story teller. I enjoyed the blend of fiction and autobiographical incidents. I wished for more conclusive resolution in several of the stories, but I’m sure this lack of closure is deliberate on Jimmy’s part, as his philosophy tends to run to the idea that “it’s never really over”…! The themes of wanderlust, realizing your dreams, self-actualization ring true with me. I have a couple of other Buffett novels waiting in my queue – I’m looking forward to seeing if/how his writing evolves.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eloy

    Wow what can I say. I have been to more Jimmy Buffett concerts then any other performer I like. I have all his music. This is the first Jimmy Buffett book I've read and most likely the last. "Freddy and the Fishsticks" was hard to read but when I reached the "Son of a Son of a Sailor" section it became a struggle. By "A Gift for the Buccaneer " I gave myself a gift and put the book down. Sorry Jimmy, yor a great musician but not a great writer. Wow what can I say. I have been to more Jimmy Buffett concerts then any other performer I like. I have all his music. This is the first Jimmy Buffett book I've read and most likely the last. "Freddy and the Fishsticks" was hard to read but when I reached the "Son of a Son of a Sailor" section it became a struggle. By "A Gift for the Buccaneer " I gave myself a gift and put the book down. Sorry Jimmy, yor a great musician but not a great writer.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katharine

    I expected this to be a light but entertaining read. It was actually kind of boring and a little repetitive - a party breaks out after a sailing mishap or a storm and the main character drinks all night in an island bar with his newfound friends and beautiful women. Luckily, I only paid 50 cents for my copy of this book at a library book sale.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would and it makes my heart happy. I loved the references to the songs in his tales, and I especially loved the based-on-truth tales in the Son of a Son of a Sailor section. Having read this, I feel I could listen to Buffett share tales for days without getting bored. Such a story teller.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katherine VanderSluis

    I took my time reading these, a story here, another there. It's the first book of Buffet's that I've read. I most enjoyed the ones in the last third of the book, which are stories from Buffet's own life. Quite n intriguing storyteller, in song and in prose, and a born wanderer by land, air & sea. Truly the son of a son of a sailor. I took my time reading these, a story here, another there. It's the first book of Buffet's that I've read. I most enjoyed the ones in the last third of the book, which are stories from Buffet's own life. Quite n intriguing storyteller, in song and in prose, and a born wanderer by land, air & sea. Truly the son of a son of a sailor.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    The characters in this book were just that, characters. They are colorful and interesting. I would recomend this book for light hearted reading. I hope to one day find my Margaritaville. I hope you will join me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan Mongosa

    Jimmy Buffett is a great songwriter and fun storyteller, too.Great beach or pool side read or save it for the wintertime to warm you up with his fun fictional characters in crazy tales from the Florida Keys and Caribbean.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    A collection of short stories by one of my favorite singers, Jimmy Buffett. For the most part the stories were enjoyable and pleasant but not great and I guess I expected more laughs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Calvin

    Not exactly a book Id reccomend

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Jimmy Buffett is a great storyteller. Reading this, all I wanted to do was pack up, move to the ocean, and eat fresh seafood. It is a quick read and enjoyable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Keith Parrish

    This is a collection of short stories and recollections by everyone's favorite beach bum. Jimmy Buffett takes along the Gulf Coast where we meet an interesting collection of characters who intermingle through the narratives of the stories. Buffett obviously was inspired by growing up and living on the Gulf Coast and the people he invents are (I suspect) taken from his impressions of people he knew. They are a wild and varied bunch - a cowboy who takes his horse across country and across the Gulf This is a collection of short stories and recollections by everyone's favorite beach bum. Jimmy Buffett takes along the Gulf Coast where we meet an interesting collection of characters who intermingle through the narratives of the stories. Buffett obviously was inspired by growing up and living on the Gulf Coast and the people he invents are (I suspect) taken from his impressions of people he knew. They are a wild and varied bunch - a cowboy who takes his horse across country and across the Gulf, a hippy English teacher/football coach and his pet iguana, a snake whispering golf caddie among others. Buffett writes in a quick, accessible style - much like his music there is not a lot of depth, but there is always a lot of fun. The autobiographical reflections that end the book are insightful because when you peel back the facade of Buffett's beach bum persona, you see a shrewd and extremely wealthy businessman. He regales us of stories of chilling on the beach with his guitar - on the Yucatan peninsula where he has just changed hotels because the first one was not to his taste; or aimlessly sailing among the Keys - in his own private boat; or swimming ashore in Cape Cod - from his private seaplane. A more cynical reader might think there is a bit hypocrisy to the image and the reality, but in the end, it really doesn't matter. In his music and his writing, Jimmy Buffett shows us a good time without our asking much of him and his not asking much of us. Symbiosis at its best.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Printable Tire

    This was another "beach read" I started many years ago that I'm only getting to finishing now, so unfortunately any insightful notes I had about it have been lost with the sands of time... I do remember thinking the extended 5-page title sequence was like the beginning of a movie, and I made a video once riffing on that (with "Heart of Rock & Roll" by Huey Lewis playing in the background). I think what took me so long to finish this book wasn't that it wasn't any good, but that it's shaped in my This was another "beach read" I started many years ago that I'm only getting to finishing now, so unfortunately any insightful notes I had about it have been lost with the sands of time... I do remember thinking the extended 5-page title sequence was like the beginning of a movie, and I made a video once riffing on that (with "Heart of Rock & Roll" by Huey Lewis playing in the background). I think what took me so long to finish this book wasn't that it wasn't any good, but that it's shaped in my least favorite book design, that quasi-shape that's bigger than a paperback yet not as sturdy as a hardback. I genuinely like the format, though, sectioned off by locations and topics, hodgepodges of fictional stories and pleasant travelogues. As is the nature of The Jimmy Buffett-Approved & Patented Easygoing Margaritaville Philosophy (R), the stories are pretty loosey-goosey with plot, for fear the reader might get a little too stressed out and not be able to chill. Stories like "Off to See the Lizard," full of quirky characters and charming scenarios, reach a Maximum Laidback Cozy Vibe. Nonetheless, it's a fine line between paradise envy, vicarious paradise pleasure, and the conceited "First World Problems of the Rich and Famous" that blemish some of the stories. Still, it's a lot less annoying than reading someone's Follow Your Bliss travel blog.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Orner

    I saw this quirky book in a secondhand bookshop and couldn’t resist. After all, I’d been singing Jimmy Buffett songs while driving with the windows down for more years than I was willing to admit to, but I’d never bothered to read one of his books. While there are a few pop culture references which will go way over the heads of anyone under the age of 30 and be hard to recollect for those a decade older, those bits of Google fodder didn’t detract from what clearly comes through between the cover I saw this quirky book in a secondhand bookshop and couldn’t resist. After all, I’d been singing Jimmy Buffett songs while driving with the windows down for more years than I was willing to admit to, but I’d never bothered to read one of his books. While there are a few pop culture references which will go way over the heads of anyone under the age of 30 and be hard to recollect for those a decade older, those bits of Google fodder didn’t detract from what clearly comes through between the covers of the book: Buffett is one hell of a storyteller. He weaves his tales, both short and long, with a bit of down home common sense mixed together with just enough of a hint of “Is he pulling my leg?” to keep it entertaining. His descriptions of the Keys and the sea and the nostalgia that comes with belonging to a place make you question where you call home and yearn to find it, if only for a moment. And when I’d read the last page and closed the book, I was reminded of my favorite line from one of Buffett’s songs ... “If we couldn’t laugh we’d all go insane.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Roo

    What a delightful read. Jimmy Buffett tells tall tales in a stream of consciousness kind of way. The sentences are long but flowing, and tongue-in-cheek. I was endeared to several of the characters including Mr. Twain, a very accommodating horse who went along with his owners whimsical road trip. The settings ranged from Denver to Australia to Paris, but all centered around "Heatwave" and "Snake Bite Key" somewhere in the Florida Keys. How did they get those names? Through mythical folktales tol What a delightful read. Jimmy Buffett tells tall tales in a stream of consciousness kind of way. The sentences are long but flowing, and tongue-in-cheek. I was endeared to several of the characters including Mr. Twain, a very accommodating horse who went along with his owners whimsical road trip. The settings ranged from Denver to Australia to Paris, but all centered around "Heatwave" and "Snake Bite Key" somewhere in the Florida Keys. How did they get those names? Through mythical folktales told about people who lived there. Well told near tragic stories of boat trips out at sea, and of life on the road as a rock and roll legend. I think differently now about Buffett, a very talented author as well as a songwriter.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I’m no Parrothead, but I’ve enjoyed Jimmy Buffet’s music ever since I first heard it in college. I also enjoyed a day spent in Margaritaville in Grand Turk. The book has a similar light-hearted vibe that Buffet’s various ventures are famous for. It’s fun, it’s eccentric, and an enjoyable read. I like that his short stories have recurring characters. Also that food and sea - two things I love - play an essential role. A lovely beach read, but don’t expect a whole lot more from it either.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kevin McGinn

    I’m a big Parrot Head and I enjoyed the book over all. A few chapters were like a guy with ADHD on speed and they made no sense. I liked how he would sneak in different song titles, album names and lyrics into the story! The Fruitcakes Album wasn’t released until 1994 and he had a character named Desdemona who ran a bake shop.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    DNF...I mean, no offense to any Parrotheads that might be reading this, but it’s a book written by Jimmy Buffet. I really didn’t think it would be good. I only read it since it was the book paired up with the Broadway show Escape to Margaritaville for my book club. Let’s just say I enjoyed the show much more than the book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    MaryBeth Dailey

    Meh. The last few tales spoke to me since I hung out on the ocean, fishing and diving, with my hubby and our friend.... getting into many dangerous situations and even spending one night stranded at sea. But this book was hard for me to get into because I prefer more depth and better writing. It was a book club book... not my pick.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deda

    An entertaining collection of both fictional and auto-biographical short stories by Jimmy Buffet. I would have preferred all the stories to be one or the other and not a blend of both, but I still enjoyed the collection.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jake Harris

    Perfect beach read. Light, funny and a lot of subtle (and also just full-out obvious winking) nods to lots of Buffett’s songs. I read this in one sitting with my toes in the sand listening to the shore break, couldn’t ask for much more than that.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Another lighthearted mix of stories from the master of margaritas.

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