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THE LOST DIARY OF COUNT VON COSEL / CARL VON COSEL w/ INTRO BY DAVID L. SLOAN
Count Carl Von Cosel was brought before the courts in 1931 after the mummified remains of Elena Hoyos were discovered in his Key West home. Some called it a story of true love; others, the workings of a mad man. In this chilling memoir, Von Cosel reveals the spirits of ancestors who guided him, conversations with Elena's ghost, detailed accounts of his attempts to reconstruct and revive her and the truth about their postmortem wedding. This is the diary of Count Carl Von Cosel. His words, his thoughts and his secrets. His tale of love that extended beyond the grave.
TUTU THE (ALMOST) HEMINGWAY CAT / DAVID L. SLOAN / DAVID LAUGHLIN
Meet Tutu — A kitten born on the shrimp docks of Livestock Island with a most unusual coat of fur. Tutu dreams of becoming a Key West Hemingway Cat. But not everybody on Livestock Island wants Tutu to succeed, and she quickly learns the ups and downs of being different and the importance of pursuing her dream. Hitching a ride on the wings of a friendly pelican, Tutu finally reaches Key West. Will Papa’s cats send her packing? Or will Tutu’s dream of becoming a Hemingway Cat finally come true?
ROBERT THE (HAUNTED) DOLL / DAVID L. SLOAN
In 1904, a doll was given as a gift to a young boy in Key West, Florida. The boy gave the doll his own name - Robert - and the two became inseparable. The doll was blamed for many things, and "I didn't do it - Robert did it" became a catchphrase in Key West. People heard the doll giggle and saw the doll move without help from any human. Voodoo was suspected. Today Robert resides in a protective case at a Key West museum where hundreds of visitors each year experience things not normally associated with dolls. The doll's origins have been questioned for years. This book reveals Robert's true origins: legends surrounding the doll are traced back to their original sources, and the true story of Robert the Doll is revealed.
THE KEY WEST BUCKET LIST / DAVID L. SLOAN
“A ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ for The Florida Keys”. The Key West Bucket List is a concise list of 100 integral activities that will immerse the user into the heart and soul of the people and culture of Key West. Step beyond your typical guidebook and transform your time in The Florida Keys into an adventure filled with purpose, meaning and accomplishments you can check off along the way. This Bucket List Guide is concise and to the point, so you can spend less time reading about what to do and more time doing it. How many can you do?
GHOSTS OF KEY WEST / DAVID L. SLOAN
Key West’s past comes alive with thirteen incredible stories of the southernmost ghosts. From Victorian era spirits returning to claim what is rightfully theirs, to haunted dolls that continue to send chills down their visitors’ spines, Ghosts of Key West beautifully captures the true spirit of Florida’s second oldest city. Ghosts of cigar makers, pirates, wreckers and voodoo practitioners all await you. While their ghostly journeys continue through time, yours is just about to begin. Ghosts of Key West author David L. Sloan founded Key West’s original ghost tour and is the leading authority on the island’s hauntings.
 
QUIT YOUR JOB AND MOVE TO KEY WEST / DAVID L. SLOAN & CHRISTOPHER SHULTZ
Tired of Working? Sick of the rat race? Feel like leaving it all behind? You are one step closer just by picking up this book. Quit Your Job and Move to Key West is your complete guide on how to do it by people who have made it happen. From making the decision to leave town and telling your boss to shove it, to finding a place to live and blending in with the local color, this guide has it all. Advice on acclimating to island life, historical tidbits,Key West fun facts, island anecdotes, secrets only locals know, reasons to quit and more. Follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Buffett and Ernest Hemingway. Nearly three million people visit Key West each year, but only 26,000 live here. Read this guide and you could be number 26,001. Don t just visit Key West and the Florida Keys. Go on, Quit your job and move to Key West!
HAUNTED KEY WEST / DAVID L. SLOAN
Discover the dark side of paradise with 12 haunting tales of lost soldiers, famous authors, mysterious masks, water witches, and a love that continues beyond the grave. Stories include The Water Witch, A Stiff Drink, The Devil's Masks, The Sentinel of Fort Taylor, The Lady in Blue, Ghost of the Overseas Highway, The Seance, Count Von Cosel, The Watcher, Ernest's Ghost, Hemingway's Ghost Cats, and La Finca Vigia. Originally released in 2003 with Strange Key West, the 2015 version includes bonus stories, local legends, updated locations a different cover and dozens of new photos.
THE KEY WEST KEY LIME PIE COOKBOOK / DAVID L. SLOAN
The Key West Key Lime Pie Cookbook (previously released as The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Cookbook) features easy to follow recipes with step-by-step instructions that make you the expert. Mix and match 20 crusts, 20 fillings, 20 toppings and 20 sauces to create more than 150,000 varieties of Key West's signature dessert. Inside you will digest: Tips, tricks and trades from island locals that accompany a fascinating history of the dessert so you can create, sauce, garnish and serve the perfect sweet and saucy slice of Key lime pie every time. - Key lime pie's ancestral roots - The original Key lime pie recipe - 15 classic recipes from the past - Florida Keys pie naming advice - Includes low fat, gluten free and vegan recipes - Amusing facts you would never imagine - 45 secret ingredients revealed - And so much more.
THE LOST DIARY OF COUNT VON COSEL / CARL VON COSEL w/ INTRO BY DAVID L. SLOAN
Count Carl Von Cosel was brought before the courts in 1931 after the mummified remains of Elena Hoyos were discovered in his Key West home. Some called it a story of true love; others, the workings of a mad man. In this chilling memoir, Von Cosel reveals the spirits of ancestors who guided him, conversations with Elena's ghost, detailed accounts of his attempts to reconstruct and revive her and the truth about their postmortem wedding. This is the diary of Count Carl Von Cosel. His words, his thoughts and his secrets. His tale of love that extended beyond the grave.
THE HEMINGWAY FBI FILES / FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a noted American author and journalist. This release consists of one FBI main file on Hemingway with documents ranging from 1942 to 1974. The bulk of it concerns Hemingway's intelligence work on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba between 1942 and 1944. The files are presented as released under the Freedom of Information / Privacy Acts Section.
THE HAVANA BUCKET LIST / DAVID L. SLOAN & ROB O'NEAL
Required reading for anyone considering a trip to Havana. Why just visit when you can explore the real Cuba? The Havana Bucket List is a concise list of 100 integral activities that will immerse the user into the heart and soul of the people and culture of Havana, Cuba. Step beyond your typical guidebook and transform your time in Havana into a true adventure filled with purpose, meaning and accomplishment. Our Bucket List Guides are concise and to the point, so you can spend less time reading about what to do and more time doing it. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed If you buy this book and complete this list, you will have fascinating person-to-person exchanges, discover places you never knew existed, engage in offbeat cultural adventures, and create memories that last a lifetime. In short, you will have the time of your life. That is our promise. The next step is yours. Our bucket lists are a favorite with travelers. Please note that this book is a list. One item per page accompanied by a photo and an appropriate quote. If you are looking for a guide book with lengthy descriptions and details that holds your hand every step of the way, this is not the book for you. Consider this a primer for adventure. Short on words, but big on adventures.
KEY WEST 101 / DAVID L. SLOAN & CHRISTOPHER SHULTZ
Millions of people flock to tropical destinations each year, only to find themselves left out in the cold. You can avoid these pitfalls of paradise simply by reading this book. Key West 101 grabs the bull of paradise by the horns with humor and wisdom storming head first into 101 elements that make Key West one of America's favorite playgrounds. Chock full of historical tidbits, island anecdotes, witticisms and fun facts, Key West 101 is packed with useful information and the Sloan/Shultz style of humor that has become synonymous with Key West. It has been said that paradise is a journey, not a destination. Key West 101 will start your journey with a rolling laugh,
THE HANGOVER SURVIVAL GUIDE / DAVID L. SLOAN & CHRISTOPHER SHULTZ
+ Pounding Headache? + Upset Stomach? +Feel like gouging your head out with a vegetable peeler? NEVER SUFFER A HANGOVER AGAIN? Millions of boozehounds across America suffer these hangover symptoms every morning, causing poor performance, needless suffering and countless lame excuses for refusing to get out of bed. You don't have to suffer. Key West tops the of America's drinking towns with our first hangover dating back to the 18th Century. That's more than 300 years of hangover cures conconcted, tested and perfected by such Key West greats as Tennessee Williams, President Harry S. Truman, Jimmy Buffett and even Ernest "Papa" Hemingway. The Key West Hangover Survival Guide is the first-ever collection of Southernmost hangover Knoledge. From tried and true cures to bizarre concoctions that could only come from Key West, this book has it all... + Hangover cures from Key West bartenders + History of the hangover + Celebrity hangover quotes + Local advice from first drink to last call + Key West hangover quiz + The truth about Oreos + and much much more.
ROOSTERS ARE ASSHOLES / DAVID L. SLOAN
Roosters are assholes. I know it, you know it, and the friend you are going to buy this book for knows it. But go ahead and buy a copy or two. You can’t go wrong with the price, and the look on your friend's face when they see the title will be... priceless. The inside is graced with a combination of words and photos that may entertain, amuse, offend or intrigue the reader, depending on their mood, upbringing, and social status. Take a look inside to see your own reaction. You will be sure to agree... Roosters are assholes! Praise for Roosters Are Assholes: Destined to become a cult classic. —Farm & Fence Magazine. Finally, a book that confirms what we’ve known all along. —Bar Tab Magazine. Genius and idiotic. Unnerving and endearing. —The Conch Republic Tribune. The title alone makes this a sound investment. —The Cluck & Comb.
THE DISNEY BUCKET LIST - MAGIC KINGDOM/ RICK HOWARD / JOHN DONAHUE / DAVID L. SLOAN
Take your Disney vacation to the next level! Tired of sifting through mountains of guidebooks and websites trying to plan the perfect Disney vacation? Stop planning and start playing. The Disney Bucket List cuts out the fluff and gets to the point with 100 ways to experience the real magic of Magic Kingdom. No nonsense, just awesome, quirky, fun and different adventures that will make your time at the Magic Kingdom unforgettable. The list in this book is concise and interactive, so you can pick an adventure and go. Each adventure is accompanied by a hint, tip, secret or fun fact to get you started. Once you complete an item, there is a box for you to check off your accomplishments. Some are easy to complete; some are almost impossible. You set the pace and chose the next adventure. Each of them will give you a taste of the magic. Take a look inside. How many can you do?
THE BANGKOK BUCKET LIST- DR. STAVAN ATTWOOD | PROFESSOR R.K. MARJERISON
Where in Bangkok can you find a monkey playing foot volleyball? Or a building shaped like an elephant? Can you touch the back of your left ear with your right kneecap? And tell a lady from a ladyboy? Whether you are new to Bangkok or a veteran visitor, if you need help with the answer to any of these questions, The Bangkok Bucket List is for you! The capital of the ‘Land of Smiles’ is known for its amazing hospitality, its non-stop nightlife, its world-class shopping, and its stunning temples. The Bangkok Bucket List takes you on a journey through the city, stopping to sample the weird and the wonderful, the obscure and the occult, the kooky and even the kinky. Written by two former residents, The Bangkok Bucket List provides 100 ways to experience, enjoy, learn from, and give back to this amazing city.
THE BHUTAN BUCKET LIST - DR. STAVAN ATTWOOD | PROFESSOR R.K. MARJERISON
Mysterious and remote, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is endlessly fascinating. Written by two authors who live and work in Bhutan, The Bhutan Bucket List goes beyond the ‘Shangri-la’ clichés to reveal this incredible country’s realities, its surprises, and its hidden treasures. Intended to provoke, entertain, inform and challenge, it contains a mixture of the spiritual and the worldly, the majestic and the zany, the delightful and the downright odd. Whether you are planning a trip, reflecting fondly on a past visit, or simply dreaming of the mountains from your easy chair, The Bhutan Bucket List will provide you with a great time!
If you like reading about our ghosts, you will love our ghost tours and ghost hunts. Key West is one of the most haunted cities in the United States and has more ghosts per capita. There are several tour companies in Key West, but not all tours are created equal. Check us out.
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