Celebrity Picks: Carl Hiaasen's Favorite Reads of 2016

CarlHiaasen_225Florida resident Carl Hiaasen isn't afraid to poke fun at his home state. His hilarious and over-the-top novels are always sure to surprise, whether they star a former Florida governor or, more recently, a down-on-his-luck restaurant inspector who wants his old job as a police detective back.

This fall, Andrew Yancy returns in Razor Girl, the story of a kidnapping gone so wrong that a pseudo-redneck's beard will be cut, a crazy mistress will be swapped, and (spoiler!) a mongoose will meet a grisly end. But that's what happens in Key West—and in Carl Hiaasen novels.

See Hiaasen's picks for the top three books he read this year below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.

 


 Carl Hiaasen's Favorite Reads of 2016

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This is the story of the final voyage of the one of the world’s great cruise liners, which includes the notes of the German U-boat captain who fired the killing torpedo. Erik Larson is a terrific scene-setter, and a first-rate reporter. I’ll read anything he writes.
 

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For A Little While by Rick Bass
Nobody writes short fiction better than Rick Bass. This rich collection of stories is set mainly outdoors, in wild and raw country, but Bass’s characters are what give such force to his narrative, so perfectly drawn. Check out The History of Rodney, as fine a story as you’ll ever read.
 

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Warren Zevon was a close friend, so I was excited to find a book that explores his remarkable songwriting. Warren is probably remembered more as a crazed gunslinger of the early L. A. rock scene, but his genius for lyrics was legend among fellow musicians. Dylan, Springsteen and Keith Richards are all major Zevon fans, for good reason.
 

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