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Miami

Miami

by Joan Didion

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Acclaimed essayist Jon Didion looks to Miami in this book of astute commentary. The drug war, Cuba, political scandals and race relations all find their way into this trenchant examination of a completely unique American city. (FLA22, $15.00)

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)

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)

Fodor's South Florida

Fodor's South Florida

by Inc. Fodor's Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

The up-to-date Fodor's guide features invaluable recommendations on where to stay and eat and what to do throughout the South Florida. Compact and portable, it's ideal for either a weekend trip or an extended visit. (FLA75, $19.99)

The Florida Keys Map

The Florida Keys Map

by Dolphs

  • 2001
  • MAP

A large, black-and-white map featuring the roads, bridges, campgrounds, harbors, marinas and national parks in the Florida Keys. (FLA18, $3.95)

 
Everglades National Park Map

Everglades National Park Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A full-color topographic map of the park printed on tear-proof paper. (FLA17, $11.95)

Florida Keys Dive & Map Guide

Florida Keys Dive & Map Guide


by Frankos

  • 2010
  • MAP

An 18.5" x 26.5" map featuring locations of numerous snorkeling and scuba diving sites. Side one shows the whole island chain, and side two shows close-ups of Key West, the John Pennekamp State Park area and Dry Tortugas National Park. (FLA120, $8.99)

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)

Apalachicola

Apalachicola


by Beverly Mount-Douds

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

Once the third-largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, Apalachicola's historic homes and eras of industry (seafood, lumber, cotton, turpentine) come to life through restored photographs and historical anecdote in this volume in the Images of America series. (FLA105, $21.99)

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)

Florida, A Short History

Florida, A Short History


by Michael Gannon

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A quick, readable summary of events. (FLA52, $14.95)

Miami, A Cultural History

Miami, A Cultural History


by Anthony P. Maingot

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This readable, scholarly history of Miami takes us from Spanish exploration to the present. Anthony Maingot is a professor sociology and founding professor at Florida International University in Miami. (FLA119, $15.00)

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, $18.00)

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather


by Carl Hiassen

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 388 PAGES

The bestseller set in Florida incorporating natural and cultural history. (FLA06, $7.99)

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)

The Orchid Thief

The Orchid Thief


by Susan Orlean

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

A fast-paced history of orchid-mania, and the arrest and conviction of a South Florida hobbyist for making off with a protected species. (FLA33, $16.00)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southern Florida

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southern Florida


by Allan Sander | G. Michael Flieg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

The revised second edition of this pocket guide includes the most commonly encountered, spectacular and interesting birds of the region. (FLA29, $15.95)

Everglades Birds, An Introduction to Familiar Species

Everglades Birds, An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, laminated fold-up card. (FLA65, $6.95)

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)

Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of Florida

Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of Florida


by Fred J. Alsop, III

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 400 PAGES

An illustrated field guide to 570 species of birds found in Florida. Each bird gets a full-page profile with color illustration, description and information on behavior. (FLA57, $23.00)

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