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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Theme Parks | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Theme Parks

Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree is having a difficult time. Her mother has just died and business is down at her family’s gator-wrestling theme park, Swamplandia! So begins Karen Russell’s critically-acclaimed debut novel, Swamplandia! In this hour, we’ll meet Russell, as we explore theme parks. Also, getting high at Disney World.
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Publisher's Summary

In this hour, Scott A. Lukas is a cultural anthropologist and a former trainer at Six Flags Astroworld in Houston. He's also the author of Theme Park, which chronicles the evolution of the theme park.

Next, John Jeremiah Sullivan reads an abridged version of his essay, You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey! from The New York Times Magazine.

Then, Karen Russell talks about her debut novel, Swamplandia!, which focuses on a family-operated gator wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades.

Finally, Nicholson Baker talks about his new novel, House of Holes: A Book of Raunch, which is set in a sexual theme park. [Broadcast Date: August 24, 2011]

Listen to Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.

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