Living in Paradise

The Perils of Living in Paradise (Orig Backup)

Commentary on current events and life in southwest Florida by award-winning former journalist and author Susan Hanafee.

Book Cachet

They looked good sitting on the cherry bookshelves and flanking the fireplace — the books in my host’s library.

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Susan Hanafee’s latest book:

What Readers Say about “Never Name an Iguana”…

Blend some of Maureen Dowd with a little David Sedaris and throw in some Andy Rooney and you have the thoroughly enjoyable new book by former journalist Susan Hanafee. The book’s title “Never Name an Iguana” may relate to the environmental issue present but more likely has to do with the wit, social consciousness and satirical mindset of the author.

This is a collection of essays whimsically capturing the ideas of domestic tranquility, political leverage, funny situations and every day facts and fictions. All of the 52 or so writings reflect daily life and the wit and wisdom of the author as she whips through life on a roller coaster of exploration and observation.

Hanafee’s writing style reminds me a lot of Russell Baker’s; funny, insightful and quick on the draw. The book is enjoyable entertainment to read from cover to cover or, if you just need a quick laugh, read a few pieces at a time. I wonder what the facile mind of Hanafee is thinking now. I’m sure there’s something.

                                                – Bob Elliott, author of Make Your Point


Susan Hanafee is an award-winning former journalist whose career as a reporter for The Indianapolis Star spanned three decades. She also headed communications for IPALCO Enterprises and Cummins Inc. She resides in Boca Grande, Florida. Hanafee’s blogs can be found on

Her alter ego, E. C. Thomas is a former newspaperman who his job to look for a spot where happiness and peace prevail. Finding no such place, he ended up in a Florida beach town where he dusted off his old laptop and wrote his first novel.

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