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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, $14.00)

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)

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)

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)

 
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)

Frommer's EasyGuide to Orlando and Walt Disney World

Frommer's EasyGuide to Orlando and Walt Disney World


by Frommer's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

EasyGuides are full of practical, easy to absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals. (FLA116, $10.95)

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2015

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2015


by Len Testa | Bob Sehlinger

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 848 PAGES

This guide tries its hardest to rate and rank every option from transport to hotels, restaurants, attractions and even local grocery stores. A voluminous resource! (FLA124, $19.99)

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
  • COMING IN AUGUST

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, $17.00)

A Naturalist in Florida, A Celebration of Eden

A Naturalist in Florida, A Celebration of Eden


by Archie Carr

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

A delightful testimonial to natural Florida by popular biologist Archie Carr. (FLA07, $29.00)

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)

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)

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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