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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

A Voyage Around Florida

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams

Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams

by Gary R. Mormino

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

From the capital, Tallahassee -- a day's walk from the Georgia border -- to Miami -- a city distant but tantalizingly close to Cuba and Haiti, Mormino traces Florida's transformation from its echoes of old Dixie through land booms and tourist empires to revolutions in agriculture, immigration and changing demographics. (FLA112, $24.95)

Alligators in B-Flat, Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida

Alligators in B-Flat, Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida

by Jeff Klinkenberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

Staff writer for Tampa Bay Times, Klinkenberg captures the old Florida of swamp, forest and alligator from Pensacola to Key West in this quirky, often hilarious collection of his favorite columns for the paper. (FLA109, $24.95)

Eyewitness Guide Florida

Eyewitness Guide Florida

by Deni Brown

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

This superb guide to Florida features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the area's attractions. (FLA23, $25.00)

Florida Map

Florida Map

by Hallwag

  • MAP

This regional map covers not just Florida but also the coast south from South Carolina. (USS218, $11.95)

 
Diving Guide to Underwater Florida

Diving Guide to Underwater Florida


by Ned Deloach

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A guide to dive sites around Florida, with information on the Keys and their underwater treasures. (FLA28, $19.95)

The National Trust Guide to Savannah

The National Trust Guide to Savannah


by Roulhac Toledano

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

A guide to the architectural culture and history of Old Savannah. With 200 archival photographs and maps, it includes chapters on historic preservation, famous visitors and a comprehensive tour of architectural styles. (USS26, $34.95)

Palm Beach Entertaining, Creating Occasions to Remember

Palm Beach Entertaining, Creating Occasions to Remember


by Annie Falk

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

With 225 artful photographs by Jerry Rabinowitz, Annie Falk's celebration of charity events, eleaborate outdoor affairs and intimate dinners captures the casual elegance, and occasional extravagance, of Palm Beach. With recipes -- and a peak into the homes of noteworthy residents. Proceeds from the book benefit the Children's Home Society. (FLA106, $45.00)

Finding Florida

Finding Florida


by T. D. Allman

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Allman takes particular glee in debunking the myths surrounding the invaders, entrepreneurs and imperialists who have made their mark in Florida, from Ponce de Leon, to Henry Flagler, to Walt Disney and various politicians in this lively portrait of the state and all its contradictions. (FLA110, $20.00)

Georgia's Land of the Golden Isles

Georgia's Land of the Golden Isles


by Burnette Vanstory | Eugenia Price

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 226 PAGES

First published in 1956, this is a rich portrait of the sea islands off Georgia's coast. Each island gets its own chapter, detailing its history, with information on the native peoples, early settlements and slave plantations. (USS63, $21.00)

Miami, City of the Future

Miami, City of the Future


by T. D. Allman

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 431 PAGES

The 25th edition of Allman's classic guide to the city captures Miami in all its multi-faceted splendor, mixing colorful anecdote, personality and history. (FLA113, $19.95)

The Gilded Age, A History in Documents


by Janette Greenwood

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Blending her own information with a range of documents from the post-Civil War period, Greenwood creates a vivid history of the Gilded Age. Materials range from Andrew Carnegie's memories to interviews with black "Exodusters" to magazine editorials on the place of middle class women. (USA139, $31.95)

The Immigrant World of Ybor City


by Gary R. Mormino

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

This classic makes available once again the wonderful story of the vibrant community of Italians, Spaniards and Cubans that grew up around the cigar industry in Tampa, Florida, at the dawn of the twentieth century. (FLA111, $19.95)

The Routledge Historical Atlas of the American South


by Andrew K. Frank

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Frank traces the history of the south from the first European settlers and resultant Native American migrations, the Civil War, Reconstruction, bus boycotts, the contemporary fight against poverty and crime and more in maps and accompanying essays. (USM216, $31.95)

The Spanish Frontier in North America

The Spanish Frontier in North America


by David Weber

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

Here's the definitive history of the Spanish colonial period in America, from the settlement of St. Augustine in Florida to the missions of New Mexico. (NAM01, $30.00)

A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf

A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf


by John Muir

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

This slim book is the diary of 28-year-old Muir. It is the record of a botanical expedition along the eastern seaboard south to Florida -- and a good introduction to this popular writer. It includes a long chapter on the swamps and forests of Florida. (FLA09, $14.95)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


by John Berendt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 386 PAGES

Part affectionate portrait of Savannah society, part murder mystery, Berendt's classic account of his stay in the decayed splendor of the Southern coastal city is one of those rare instances when a great writer finds himself caught at the center of a real-life crime story. (USS09, $16.00)

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories


by Flannery O'Connor

  • LITERATURE
  • 1977
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

One of the very best voices in the American short story, O'Connor's darkly comic vision of life in the countryside surrounding Savannah is both richly colored and at times deeply unsettling. (USS393, $13.95)

Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey


by Carl Hiaasen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 317 PAGES

Greed is always more than garden variety in Hiassen's entertainingly elaborated version of Florida. (FLA114, $26.95)

Shadow Country

Shadow Country


by Peter Matthiessen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 892 PAGES

Matthiessen returns to his tale of Florida sugarcane farmer and murderer Edgar J. Watson in this National Book Award winner, a reprise of his classic trilogy: Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River and Bone by Bone. (FLA72, $17.00)

Oranges

Oranges


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 194 PAGES

McPhee has managed to write a short but fascinating book on (of all things) oranges. (FLA20, $14.00)

The Everglades, River of Grass

The Everglades, River of Grass


by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES

The 60th anniversary edition of Douglas' wonderful, prophetic book, instrumental in establishing Everglades National Park. (EGL01, $21.95)

Florida, Travellers' Wildlife Guide

Florida, Travellers' Wildlife Guide


by Fiona Sunquist | Mel Sunquist | Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES

This compact, comprehensive guide features color illustrations of common birds, mammals, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians. (FLA32, $29.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida


by Peter Alden | Gil Nelson | Rick Cech

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A pocket-size field guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of Florida. (FLA19, $22.00)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 446 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast states from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area. (USS31, $22.00)

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