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4 x 6 Scenic Florida Cards

4 x 6 Scenic Florida Cards

$0.75

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5 x 7 Scenic Florida Post Card

5 x 7 Scenic Florida Post Card

$1.00

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Charlotte County Atlas

Charlotte County Atlas

$14.95
$14.95
Florida's Mammals

Florida's Mammals

$8.95
These laminated, fold-up identification guides-- FoldingGuides-- speak for themselves. Written and illustrated by local experts who know their stuff, waterproof and indestructible, theyre the perfect choice for beginners and intermediates who want to know what theyll encounter in their particular locale.
Little Sarasota Dining Book 2021

Little Sarasota Dining Book 2021

$11.95

Published annually by dineSarasota, The Little Sarasota Dining Book offers information on over 200 of the best restaurants in Sarasota, Florida. This book is essential for locals and visitors trying to navigate Sarasota's crowded dining scene. It features restaurants in every imaginable cuisine category. It also contains interesting articles written by local chefs and delicious recipes from some of Sarasota's best known restaurants.

Remarkable Women of Sanibel and Captiva

Remarkable Women of Sanibel and Captiva

$21.99
In the history of Sanibel and Captiva, countless women bucked the system to make their marks. In the early 1950s and '60s, Sarita Van Vlick and Zee Butler led the fight to preserve the island from unbridled growth and destruction. Helene Gralnick, in the early '80s, opened a small shop that became the foundation for Chico's Inc. And it was city manager Judy Zimomra who put into practice policies that helped Sanibel flourish after the devastation of Hurricane Charley. Author and local historian Jeri Magg compiles the stories and celebrates the achievements of the remarkable women who forever shaped Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
Sharks of the Atlantic

Sharks of the Atlantic

$8.95
These laminated, fold-up identification guides-- FoldingGuides-- speak for themselves. Written and illustrated by local experts who know their stuff, waterproof and indestructible, theyre the perfect choice for beginners and intermediates who want to know what theyll encounter in their particular locale.
Scenic Driving Florida

Scenic Driving Florida

Annino, Jan Godown
$16.95
Pack up the car and enjoy nearly thirty drives through the pine forests, citrus groves, salt marshes, and fishing villages of Florida. This indispensable, mile-by-mile highway companion maps out one- and two-day trips that help you discover the Sunshine State's early American history, outdoor recreational activities, and breathtaking scenery. Travel the highways and back roads of this diverse area, from the red hills, shorebird colonies, and cottage villages in the Panhandle to the mangrove islands, subtropical jungles, and Native American sites farther south. Whether you want to explore the Wesley Mansion at Eden State Gardens, view wildlife at Kissimmee Prairie, or sit in a lunar rover at Kennedy Space Center, this guide shows the way.Itineraries from 20 to more than 200 milesRoute map for each drive In-depth descriptions of attractions Optional side trips to museums, parks, and landmarks Tips on lodging, camping, dining, travel services, and best driving seasons
Florida's Shipwrecks, (Fl)

Florida's Shipwrecks, (Fl)

Barnette, Michael
$21.99

The Sunshine State has a rich maritime history spanning more than five centuries. Tragically, part of that history includes thousands of ships that have met their fates in Florida waters.


Potentially more than 5,000 shipwrecks reside off Florida's 1,200 miles of coastline, with hundreds more lost in the state's interior rivers. In and of itself, the Florida Keys archipelago, consisting of approximately 1,700 islands stretching 200 miles, is littered with the remains of close to 1,000 shipwrecks. In fact, many features of the Florida Keys were named after various shipwreck events, such as Fowey Rocks, which earned its name after the 1748 wrecking of the British warship HMS Fowey, and Alligator Reef, where the schooner USS Alligator met her demise in 1822. Florida's Shipwrecks utilizes captivating images to illustrate dramatic stories of danger and peril at sea, introducing readers to a fascinating cross-section of Florida's shipwreck history.

Tampa Bay in History

Tampa Bay in History

Carlisle, Rodney
$12.95

This guide to sites in the Tampa Bay Region, presents the sites in historical/chronological order: from pre-Columbian Native American cultures, through Spanish exploration, American settlement, Seminole Wars, the Civil War, growth with railroads, cigars, and sponges, through the Spanish American War and major developments of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Creating Sarasota County

Creating Sarasota County

Cassell, Frank A.
$21.99

The creation of Sarasota County in 1921 inspired intrigue and drama, pitting local economic rivals against one another.


The civic leaders of the Sarasota district fought what they saw as an incompetent and biased Manatee County Commiss

Suncoast Empire : Bertha Honore Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota, 1910-1982

Suncoast Empire : Bertha Honore Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota, 1910-1982

Cassell, Frank A.
$18.95

Silver Medal Florida Book Awards NonfictionIn the early 20th century, Bertha Palmer was one of the best-known and wealthiest women in America. She was an art collector, women's rights advocate, businesswoman, owner of Chicago's Palmer House Hotel, and had elegant homes in Chicago, Paris, and London. In 1910 she traveled to the small and rough settlement called Sarasota on the west coast of Florida. For some reason, she decided to spend much of each year for the rest of her life on one of America's last frontiers, investing in cattle and farming, creating communities out of marshlands, pine forests, and tropical jungles. The society queen and social reform advocate excelled as a frontier entrepreneur, just as she had in every other endeavor in her life. She managed to make a good deal of money and to change Sarasota forever.

Suncoast Empire is the 2021 One Book Sarasota selection. You can read more about One Book here

Common Butterflies of Florida

Common Butterflies of Florida

Cech, Rick
$8.95
FoldingGuides offer instant access to just what you need to know. Indestructible lamination- water and beachproof.
Bird Life

Bird Life

Chapman, Frank Michler
$14.99
From the sparrow to the starling, the woodpecker to the warbler, the eagle to the egret, and every species in between, birds are some of the most plentiful and most diverse creatures in North America. Soaring high above us, these winged beauties have long been a source of fascination and enchantment.
While dozens of studies and field guides have been written, few provide a better-rounded overview of the denizens of the sky than Frank Michler Chapman's Bird Life. First published in 1897, over a century later Bird Life stills provides insightful observations about dozens of species of birds native to North America.
A pioneer in the study of natural history and ornithology, Frank Chapman writes with scientific prowess and an expert's eye in regards to bird anatomy, migratory patterns, mating habits, and habitat choice. Describing species from across the continent, Bird Life is a true testament to one of the nation's most beloved creatures.
History Lover's Guide to Florida

History Lover's Guide to Florida

Clark, James C
$23.99
Florida is a state of transplants. Even people who relocated here decades ago still claim their birthplace as their home. They might change their mind if they knew that the Sunshine State owns one of the richest histories in the nation. Decades before the Pilgrims, the Spanish celebrated Thanksgiving in Florida. Centuries before the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York, the holiday was celebrated in St. Augustine, where urban renewal was underway when Jamestown settlers arrived. Author James Clark offers a lifetime of places to explore and thousands of facts to fascinate, tracing the state's long history from Pensacola to the Florida Keys.

Hidden History of Florida

Clark, James C.
$21.99
Idiioms on the Loose

Idiioms on the Loose

Coffin, Lynn Armstrong
$9.95
Don't be fooled for things are not always what they seem. Thinking the can contained a fellow duck, our misguided friend opens it. It doesn't contain a duck at all but 12 witty Idioms who are glad to be free. Follow along as the true meanings are revealed and see what happens in the end. The whimsical illustrations bring to life the peculiar trickery of an Idiom and engage the reader in finding the narrator hidden on each page.

Rail-Trails Florida: The definitive guide to the state's top multiuse trails

Conservancy, Rails-to-Trails
$16.95
Angler's Book of Favorite Fishing Quotations

Angler's Book of Favorite Fishing Quotations

Corley, Jackie
$12.50
A collection of inspirational and meaningful quotes perfect for every lover of fishing.

Fishing is a pastime as old as humanity itself, and while the process and techniques have changed and evolved with new technology and strategies, the simple goal of catching a fish is timeless. Whether by yourself on a tiny boat in the middle of a lake or with a group of people on the edge of a winding river, one only needs a simple rod, line, and bait--as well patience, that most important component! A perfect gift for anyone who loves fishing, The Angler's Book of Favorite Fishing Quotations captures this unique and joyful experience with words and wisdom from writers, thinkers, and of course, anglers!

Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida

Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida

Coursen, Elizabeth Huntoon
$25.00
What was it like? What was it like to live in a segregated "Sunshine State"? Read about Florida's history of segregation as told by people who lived through it. Read about Rosenwald Schools, wade-ins, sit-ins, and the integration of Gainesville High. Join Sarasota author Elizabeth Huntoon Coursen as she explores the history of segregation in Florida.
Wilder Heart of Florida: More Writers Inspired by Florida Nature

Wilder Heart of Florida: More Writers Inspired by Florida Nature

Davis, Jack E
$26.95
Fall under the spell of Florida's natural environment

In this captivating collection, Florida's most notable authors, poets, and environmentalists take readers on a journey through the natural wonders of the state. Continuing in the legacy of the beloved classic The Wild Heart of Florida, this book features thirty-four pieces by a new slate of well-known and emerging writers.

In these pages, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Groff describes the beauty of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Environmental writer Cynthia Barnett listens to seashells on Sanibel Island. Legendary journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas records the sights and sounds of the Everglades in the 1920s. Miccosukee elder Buffalo Tiger relates traditional stories of his community's deep relationship with the land. Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco muses on the shifting vista of the ocean in "Some Days the Sea."

These writers and many others recount memories of how their lives have been enriched by the state's varied and brilliant landscapes. Some tell of encounters with alligators, pythons, manatees, turtles, and otters, while others marvel at the unique character of flowing springs and piney scrub. Together, they highlight the need to protect pristine ecosystems and restore ones that have been damaged due to development. The Wilder Heart of Florida will inspire readers to explore and celebrate the Florida wilderness.

Contributors: Susan Lilley Lauren Groff Buffalo Tiger Terry Ann Thaxton Bill Maxwell Jack E. Davis Charles Lee David McCally Gabbie Buendia Rick Campbell Frederick R. Davis Cynthia Barnett Loren G. "Totch" Brown Lee Irby Isaac Eger Anmari Alvarez-Alemán Leslie K. Poole Russ Kesler Harriet Beecher Stowe Margaret Ross Tolbert Lars Andersen Lucinda Faulkner Merritt Claire Strom Clay Henderson Gianna Russo Marjory Stoneman Douglas Bruce Stephenson Mark Jerome Walters Erika Henderson Nathaniel Pryor Reed Richard Blanco Betty Mae Tiger Jumper and Patsy West Frances Susanna Nevill

Spring Training in Clearwater

Spring Training in Clearwater

de Quesada, Alejan
$19.99
This chronicle of baseball superstars and hardcore statistics careens Philadelphia Phillies and Clearwater Threshers fans from the early days of professional baseball to today's Grapefruit League. Accompanied by over seventy-five action-packed pictures, de Quesada describes the countless Phillies and Threshers stories that show the remarkable bond between Clearwater and the Phillies organization. Included are the tales of of the All-Girls Professional Baseball League, the first appearance of the Phillie Phanatic and the Tiki Bar at Bright House Networks field as well as the detailed exploits of Tug McGraw, Mike Schmidt and Paul "Pope" Owens.
Florida Night Sky : A Guide to Observing from Dusk Til Dawn

Florida Night Sky : A Guide to Observing from Dusk Til Dawn

De Wire, Elinor
$24.95

The Florida night sky is a source of fascination, inspiration, and enjoyment. Whether your aim is a casual appreciation of the heavens or a serious study of astronomy, The Florida Night Sky will get you started on a rewarding journey of cosmic discovery, beginning with how the known universe is organized and where Florida fits into the picture. Every place on earth has its own singular view of the stars and Florida is no different. Theres an enviable openness to the Florida landscape and flat horizon, allowing for a broader view of the sky in all directions. The warm, snowless winter nights, with their long periods of darkness, are ideal for stargazing, and Florida's position near the tropics offers a view of the four stars in the Southern Cross in the spring and early summer. The two coasts offer stunning views of the sun rising and setting in the water--watch for the Green Flash as the sun finally drops into the ocean on the Gulf Coast.

An ideal starting point for those who want to learn about the Florida night sky and enjoy its treasures, this book also serves as a helpful reference for serious amateur astronomers. Step outside, look up, and get acquainted with the Florida night. The rewards will surprise and delight you.

Designing with Palms

Designing with Palms

Dewees, Jason
$50.00
"If you want to successfully add more bold fronds and a tropical style to your landscape, Designing With Palms is the comprehensive book for you." --Gardenista

Palms are a landscape staple in warm, temperate climates worldwide. But these stunning and statement-making plants are large, expensive, and difficult to install, resulting in unique design challenges. In Designing with Palms, palm expert Jason Dewees details every major aspect of designing and caring for palms. This definitive guide shares essential information on planting, irrigation, nutrition, pruning, and transplanting. A gallery of the most important species showcases the range of options available, and stunning photographs by Caitlin Atkinson spotlight examples of home and public landscapes that make excellent use of palms.

Grow Containers

Grow Containers

DK
$12.99
Discover everything you need to know to grow your garden in containers.

Even if you only have a balcony or small patio, you can grow more than you ever thought possible in pots, wall planters, and hanging baskets! This is your no-fuss guide to container gardening.

Are you interested in making your outdoor space greener but don't know where to start? This urban gardening guide for beginners will help you choose and care for more than 80 different plant varieties, all specially chosen for their ability to thrive in containers.

You don't have to be a horticulture expert to get started, this indispensable reference book will take you through every single step! It includes:

- Tips on how to care for more than 80 different container plant varieties
- Packed with practical, jargon-free know-how and simple gardening techniques
- Easy-to-follow format to help grow your gardening knowledge

Discover the quickest way to bring nature into your home all year round! From suntraps to shady corners, this easy gardening guide will show you how to brighten up even the trickiest areas with beautiful plants.

Let It Grow!

Gorgeous, full-color photography provides plenty of inspiration and styling ideas! Expert tips and step-by-step instructions on every page help make sure that you care for your plants in the right way for them to flourish.

Grow Containers shows you how to leverage every square inch of your gardening space. It's perfect for first-time gardeners, especially renters and small homeowners with paved-over gardens.

Complete the Series:

Make your green-fingered dreams a reality with the Grow series from DK. Learn how to sow, grow and harvest vegetables successfully in Grow Easy Veg, or discover how to garden more sustainably in Grow Eco-Gardening. Alternatively, there are more titles to explore such as Grow Pruning & Training and Grow Houseplants.

Top 10 Orlando

Top 10 Orlando

DK
$14.00

True to its name, this Orlando travel guide covers all the city's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use top 10 lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for Orlando will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer, from theme parks, shopping, nightlife, and restaurants.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Orlando.

- Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to Orlando.
- Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
- Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
- New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
- Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
- New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of history and culture. A free pull-out map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Orlando.

Series Overview: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Top 10 are handy travel guides that take the work out of planning a trip. Packed with amazing ideas, informative maps, insider tips, and useful advice, DK's Top 10 guides lead you to the very best your destination has to offer. The pocket size make these the perfect guide to take on vacation. Discover the history, art, architecture, and culture of your destination through Top 10 lists, from the best museums, bars, and sights to the places to avoid. Visit TravelDK.com to learn more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florida

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florida NEW EDITION

DK Travel
$25.00
Welcome to the Sunshine State

Whether you want to visit the Mission Control Room at the Kennedy Space Center, take an airboat ride in the Everglades or discover the historic Coral Gables, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Florida has to offer.

Florida is known for its sun-kissed beaches and magical theme parks, but this diverse state offers so much more. From nature trails and national parks, to sizzling nightlife and sumptuous seafood, Florida has it all.

Our newly updated guide brings Florida to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed breakdowns of all the must-see sights, inspiring photography and our trademark illustrations.

You'll discover:

- our pick of Florida's must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems
- the best spots to eat, drink, shop, and stay
- detailed maps and walks that make navigating the country easy
- easy-to-follow itineraries
- expert advice: get ready, get around, and stay safe
- color-coded chapters to every part of Florida, from the Gold Coast to the Gulf Coast, Orlando to the Keys
- our new lightweight format, so you can take your guide with you wherever you go

Want the best of Miami in your pocket? Try our DK Eyewitness Top 10 Miami and the Keys.

Top 10 Orlando

Top 10 Orlando

DK Travel
$14.00

The world's best theme parks, luxurious hotels and resorts, award-winning restaurants, trendy bars and stunning nature parks and reserves - Orlando truly is a place to have fun. Your DK Eyewitness Top 10 travel guide ensures you'll find your way around Orlando with absolute ease.

Our newly updated Top 10 travel guide breaks down the best of Orlando into helpful lists of ten - from our own selected highlights to the best museums and galleries, places to eat, shops and festivals.

You'll discover:

- Five easy-to-follow itineraries, perfect for a day-trip, a weekend, or a week
- Detailed Top 10 lists of Orlando's must-sees, including detailed descriptions of Magic Kingdom(R) Park, Epcot(R), Disney's Hollywood Studios(R), Disney's Animal Kingdom(R) Park, Universal Studios FloridaTM, Universal's Islands of AdventureTM, the Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM, LEGOLAND(R), Merritt Island and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
- Orlando's most interesting areas, with the best places for shopping, going out and sightseeing
- Inspiration for different things to enjoy during your trip - including children's attractions, things to do for free and day trips outside of Orlando
- A laminated pull-out map of Orlando, plus five color area maps
- Streetsmart advice get ready, get around, and stay safe
- A lightweight format perfect for your pocket or bag when you're on the move

DK Eyewitness Top 10s have been helping travelers to make the most of their breaks since 2002.

Planning a bigger adventure? Try our DK Eyewitness Florida or DK Eyewitness USA.

Shells of Florida's Gulf Coast

Shells of Florida's Gulf Coast

Douglas, Jackie Leatherbury
$8.95
These laminated, fold-up identification guides-- FoldingGuides-- speak for themselves. Written and illustrated by local experts who know their stuff, waterproof and indestructible, theyre the perfect choice for beginners and intermediates who want to know what theyll encounter in their particular locale.
Sarasota

Sarasota

Elder, Amy A.
$21.99
Images of America: Sarasota celebrates the unique history of one of Florida's most beautiful communities. Once a modest town, known for its ranching, hunting, fishing, and farming, Sarasota has grown into a thriving city. It became a town in 1902 and separated from Manatee County to become Sarasota County in 1921. Surrounded by sparkling water, soft sand beaches, abundant protected wildlife, and spectacular sunsets, Sarasota was and still is a great place to live or visit. This volume contains more than 200 prized images of Sarasota from the mid-1800s to the 1930s. Highlighted are the people who helped to transform the area from a small fishing village into a booming tourist and cultural center. Some of the early pioneers included are fisherman and cattleman William Whitaker; farmers John and Eliza Webb; Scotsman, golfer, and developer J.H. Gillespie; builder Harry Higel; developer and experimental agriculturist Mrs. Potter Palmer; developer Owen Burns; Real Estate promoter J.H. Lord; and circus people and promoters John and Mable Ringling, who left a legacy to the state including their mansion Ca' d'Zan, The John and Mable Ringling Museum, and The Ringling School of Art.

Sarasota, 1940-1950

Elder, Amy A.
$21.99
50 Hikes in Central Florida

50 Hikes in Central Florida

Friend, Sandra
$21.95

Florida's landscape is a marvel of diversity, and Central Florida is its pinnacle. Footpaths range through salt marshes, river floodplains, and along coastal dunes and beaches. Trails pass through desert- like scrub islands, jungle- like hydric hammocks, and deep, dark bayous. There's no better way to take in this natural world than by walking it.

Ranging from 1 to 43 miles in length, each hike includes directions, a detailed map, and information on hike duration, difficulty, and trail conditions. Explore a new side of Florida, from hidden urban gems like the Circle Bar B Ranch in Lakeland and Ponce Preserve in Daytona Beach, to the quiet rural landscapes of Catfish Creek State Park and Chinsegut Hill.

Lifelong Gardener

Lifelong Gardener

Gattone, Toni
$19.95

"The secret to making the most of later life is to keep doing what you love. With practical advice and gentle inspiration, Gattone shows us how gardening can work for people of any age." --Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slowness

You can keep gardening for life, you just need to make adjustment as you age. In The Lifelong Gardener, adaptive gardening expert Toni Gattone shares her proven methods for making your favorite hobby easier on your aging body--techniques that that will help you garden smarter, not harder. This helpful guide includes dozens tried-and-true methods that help eliminate the physical strain of gardening, like buying ergonomic tools, using raised beds, and moving tools around in bins on wheels. The Lifelong Gardener celebrates the joy of gardening, and Gattone's message of empowerment will stir you to find joy in your garden for years to come.


Sunshine State: Essays

Sunshine State: Essays

Gerard, Sarah
$15.99

Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay - Finalist for the Southern Book Prize

A New York Times Critics' Best Books of the Year - An NPR Best Book of the Year - A NYLON Best Nonfiction Book of the Year - A Buzzfeed Best Nonfiction Book of the Year - An Entrophy Magazine Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year - A Brooklyn Rail Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year - A Baltimore Beat Best Book of the Year

A Paris Review Staff Pick - A Chicago Tribune Exciting Book for 2017 - A Rolling Stone Culture Index Reccomendation - A Buzzfeed Most Exciting Book for 2017 - A The Millions Great 2017 Book Preview Pick - A Huffington Post 2017 Preview Pick - A NYLON Best 10 Books of the Month - A Lit Hub 15 Books to Read This Month A Poets & Writers New and Noteworth Selection - A PW Top 10 Spring Pick in Essays & Literary Criticism- An Emma Straub Reccomendation on PBS

"One of the themes of 'Sunshine State, ' Sarah Gerard's striking book of essays, is how Florida can unmoor you and make you reach for shoddy, off-the-shelf solutions to your psychic unease.... The first essay is a knockout, a lurid red heart wrapped in barbed wire.... This essay draws blood." -- Dwight Garner, New York Times

Unflinchingly candid memoir bolstered by thoughtfully researched history.... A nuanced and subtly intimate mosaic... her writing, lucid yet atmospheric, takes on a timeless ebb and flow." -- Jason Heller, NPR.org

Stunning. -- Rolling Stone

"These large-hearted, meticulous essays offer an uncanny x-ray of our national psyche... showing us both the grand beauty of our American dreams and the heartbreaking devastation they wreak." -- Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

Sarah Gerard follows her breakout novel, Binary Star, with the dynamic essay collection Sunshine State, which explores Florida as a microcosm of the most pressing economic and environmental perils haunting our society.

In the collection's title essay, Gerard volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a world renowned bird refuge. There she meets its founder, who once modeled with a pelican on his arm for a Dewar's Scotch campaign but has since declined into a pit of fraud and madness. He becomes our embezzling protagonist whose tales about the birds he "rescues" never quite add up. Gerard's personal stories are no less eerie or poignant: An essay that begins as a look at Gerard's first relationship becomes a heart-wrenching exploration of acquaintance rape and consent. An account of intimate female friendship pivots midway through, morphing into a meditation on jealousy and class.

With the personal insight of The Empathy Exams, the societal exposal of Nickel and Dimed, and the stylistic innovation and intensity of her own break-out debut novel Binary Star, Sarah Gerard's Sunshine State uses the intimately personal to unearth the deep reservoirs of humanity buried in the corners of our world often hardest to face.

Roxanne says: Fascinating, amazed Gerard lived to tell it. A product of dysfunction absorbed but recreated her on life. Florida history as well!

Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State

Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State

Gillespie, Tyler
$24.95
A journey beyond fears and stereotypes

The memes. "Because Florida" jokes. "Florida Man" stories. Tyler Gillespie was once embarrassed to call Florida home, concocting fantasies he'd been born somewhere else. In The Thing about Florida, Gillespie faces his Florida denial and takes readers on an exuberant search for the state behind the caricatures, cutting through the media storm with curiosity and humor.

Gillespie's journey leads him into unexpected places such as halfway houses, gator pits, rattlesnake rooms, and clothing-optional campgrounds, where he meets eclectic and unconventional Floridians. He interviews storm chasers, Civil War reenactors, cattle ranchers, drag queens, python hunters, and pet smugglers. His conversations delve into serious issues such as addiction, Florida's racist past, and care options for the state's LGBTQ senior citizens.

With perspective and empathy derived from his background as a gay man raised Southern Baptist, Gillespie shows how important it is to understand the diversity and complexity of Florida today. "It's dangerous to meet our fears with fear," he says as he confronts his own as well as the state's monsters--invasive species, hurricanes, environmental destruction. He reminds us that Florida's people and problems are vital parts of the nation's future.

A fresh and engaging voice, Gillespie captivates with a snappy pace, sly wit, and crisp observations. As he weaves his childhood memories and personal experiences alongside the stories of the individuals he encounters, Gillespie reconciles with his home state. He finds Florida's humanity, a beautiful mix of hopes, dreams, and second chances.

Silent Films in St. Augustine

Graham, Thomas
$24.95
Florida Lighthouses

Florida Lighthouses

Hairr, John
$21.99
Sporting the second-longest coastline in the United States, Florida has over 8,000 miles of sparkling beaches and waterfront property. This valuable
landscape and the region s position between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico made Florida key in the early expansion of American trade routes, but the state s several capes and dangerous reefs, rocks, and shoals made travel quite perilous to unwary mariners. When commerce and traffic began to grow between ports on the East Coast and along the Gulf of Mexico in the nineteenth century, it became necessary to construct aids to navigation along the state s long and treacherous coast. Lighthouses were the solution. Constructed in a variety of styles and sizes, Florida s lighthouses were erected on what, at the time, were some of the most desolate regions of the southeastern United States and included lonely offshore islands. Manned and inhabited by vigilant keepers and their families, these towers illuminated the dark seas and provided the beacon that guided lost travelers. Large brick structures watched over St. Augustine, Pensacola, and Ponce de Leon Inlet; iron skeletons towered over Crooked River and Hillsboro Inlet; and screwpile lighthouses stood as sentinels in the waters off the Florida Keys."
Illustrated Plants of Florida and the Coastal Plain

Illustrated Plants of Florida and the Coastal Plain

Hall, David W.
$85.00

This extensively illustrated volume is an indispensable identification guide to nearly 1,400 species of plants, both common and rare, found in Florida and neighboring coastal states. It contains frequently occurring wildflowers, shrubs, and herbaceous plants from the region, and includes select grasses, rushes, and trees.

For each species, the book features a carefully rendered illustration, the plant's vernacular and scientific names along with synonyms that have been used to refer to it, and a short description that includes the plant's habitat, range, frequency, flowering times, and origin. Reflecting recent changes in classification by using the most current names and taxonomies, this second edition arranges plant families according to their relationship with each other in a user-friendly system. It is also updated with over 200 new illustrations.

The book is an ideal resource for both experienced gardeners and beginners, and its images can serve as a useful supplement to text-based references for professionals. As home landscapers and horticulture experts turn their attention to the benefits of cultivating native plants, this book provides vital information on the sources of species Florida residents might encounter, helping readers navigate the diverse and continually increasing flora of the state.

Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida : A Companion for Gardeners

Hammer, Roger L.
$24.95
Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

Hill, Yvonne
$21.99

Join Yvonne Hill and Marguerite Jordan in collaboration with the Lee County Black History Society, Inc. as they recount the history of this beautiful island.


Sanibel, a barrier island on the southwest coast of Florida, was originally inhabited by the Calusa Indians around 1500. In 1513, explorer Ponce DeLeon landed ashore the exotic isle, with its brackish estuaries, plush mangrove jungles, and sandy beaches, opening the door for others who would eventually find their way to the island. Over time, Sanibel was visited by European explorers, slave traders, pirates, and Seminole Indians, all of whom added to its colorful and intriguing history. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the original settlers of modern-day Sanibel arrived on the island. These pioneers were a contrasting group of individuals, comprised of diverse ethic origins and cultures, yet all seemed to share a common goal of using hard work, resourcefulness, and determination to make the island their home. Their efforts and sacrifices greatly contributed to the growth and rich history of Sanibel as we know it today.

Little Sarasota Dining Book 2018

Little Sarasota Dining Book

Hoffman, Larry
$11.95
$11.95

Published annually by dineSarasota, The Little Sarasota Dining Book offers information on over 200 of the best restaurants in Sarasota, Florida. This book is essential for locals and visitors trying to navigate Sarasota's crowded dining scene. It features restaurants in every imaginable cuisine category. It also contains interesting articles written by local chefs and delicious recipes from some of Sarasota's best known restaurants.

Sarasota County Street Atlas

Sarasota County Street Atlas

House of Maps
$14.95
Along Florida's Expressways

Along Florida's Expressways

Hunter, Dave
$24.95

Along Florida's Expressways

Unlike the typical Florida guidebook, Along Florida's Expressways is not a "destination" travel guide. Instead, author Dave Hunter helps anyone drive around the state with the ease, comfort and safety, using "local knowledge" as if they've lived there for many years.

Known and respected for his award-winning travelbook, Along Interstate-75, Dave's Florida driving guide picks up where his other book leaves off. Featuring seventy-seven 25-miles-per-page full-color maps, this book includes detailed information for all of Florida's interstates, expressways and toll routes, along with Dave's personal observations and suggestions . . . not to mention his fascinating trivia.

Packed with information gathered from "locals" and accumulated over 48 years of Florida travel, Along Florida's Expressways useful road information not only includes gas stations, restaurants, and lodgings available at each exit (even which side of the road they are on), but also pinpoints rest areas and much more.

Every two-years, Dave and his wife, Kathy, drive over 5,000 miles to personally gather the material for the next edition of this book. That's every Florida expressway and toll route in both directions! Each current edition of the book is supported with a "reader's only" website where major updates to the current book's information are posted.

But the book is not only for those who drive to Florida via I-75, it is also for the Florida "Fly-Drive" crowd-those who fly to Florida and rent a car to tour the State. Whether from the Midwestern states or huge Florida-bound markets such as the UK or Germany-they love the local information this book provides and many make sure they pack a copy in their flight bag before leaving.

VISITFLORIDA(R), the State's official marketing organization endorses this book and counter staff use it at all its Welcome Centers. To quote VISITFLORIDA(R)

"Filled with Insider Tips, "Along Florida's Expressways" is an excellent resource for Sunshine State visitors and residents alike. As the state's official source for travel planning, VISITFLORIDA(R)'s staff know Florida well - and even we use Dave's driving guide."

Along Florida's Expressways is completely updated every even numbered year, Along I-75contains no advertising or commercial content.

Rest assured that with "Dave" in the car, any journey on Florida's expressways is guaranteed to be a safe, fun and informative drive.

Lure of Longboat Key

Lure of Longboat Key

Johnson, Mary Lou
$65.00

Mary Lou Johnson's award winning fine art photography captures the unique luxury tropical island of Longboat Key in this coffee table book.

Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island

Joy, Bonner
$21.99

Anna Maria Island was once inhabited by Native Americans, but as the beauty became known to its first homesteader, George L. Bean, the island's destiny was to be a beacon to paradise.


In spite of mangrove forests and throngs of mosquitoes, people came by boat to enjoy the white sand beaches and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with their cool onshore breezes and blazing sunsets. The Islander newspaper of the 1950s heralded, "Where life is good and the fishing is great." Anglers came from afar to test their skills against tarpon, the world's greatest game fish, and to hunt goliath grouper in the depths of Tampa Bay. Two modern bridges connected the island to the mainland in 1957, and with that the seven-mile-long island was on its way to becoming the jewel of Manatee County.

Florida Pirates : From the Southern Gulf Coast to the Keys and Beyond

Florida Pirates : From the Southern Gulf Coast to the Keys and Beyond

Kaserman, James; Kaserman, Sar
$16.99

Florida is largely influenced by the illicit and fascinating activites of pirates. Authors James and Sarah Kaserman recount the stories, legends, and myths of piracy in Florida.


The coast of southwest Florida, with its shallow waters,

Son of Real Florida : Stories from My Life

Son of Real Florida : Stories from My Life

Klinkenberg, Jeff
$24.95

As stories about "Florida Man" inspire wild headlines in the news, Florida's most beloved chronicler is here to show that the state is more than the stereotypes. Award-winning journalist Jeff Klinkenberg has explored what makes Florida unique for nearly half a century, and Son of Real Florida is a compelling retrospective of essays on the state he knows so well.

Klinkenberg tells what it was like growing up in pre-air conditioning Florida and becoming a newspaper reporter in mid-century Miami. He introduces us to the stout-hearted folks who have learned to live and even prosper among the insects, sharp-toothed critters, and serious heat. We meet beekeeper Harold P. Curtis and his prized orange blossom honey; frog whisperer Avalon Theisen; Sheepshead George of St. Petersburg; and Miss Martha, the oyster-shucking queen of Apalachicola.

This book also takes us to some of the most interesting, little-known places in the state. We travel to Solomon's Castle of reclaimed materials, the neighborhood of "Rattlesnake, Florida," and the smallest post office in the United States. Along the way, Klinkenberg stops to impart true Florida wisdom, from how to eat a Key lime pie to which writers and artists every Floridian should know.

Above all, Klinkenberg portrays Florida's people, places, food, and culture with a deep understanding that does not relegate them to cliche. He writes with warmth and authenticity of a state he still sees as wondrous in its own ways. Though some may think the real Florida is a thing of the past, he says, "Do not tell me Florida is no longer a paradise."

Florida in the Spanish American War

Florida in the Spanish American War

Knetsch, Joe & Wynne, Nick
$21.99
Florida began as a Spanish colony, with governing headquarters in Havana, Cuba. It is fitting, then, that the state played such a large role in the Spanish-American War. As a base of training and combat operations, Florida's involvement was crucial to the war effort. Join trusted historians Joe Knetsch and Nick Wynne as they log a fascinating chapter in Florida's history--a time when Roosevelt's Rough Riders prepared for battle at Tampa bases, when battleships departed from south Florida ports to avenge the sunken USS Maine and when a nation looked to the Sunshine State to help unite America around a common cause, even as the nation still struggled to come to terms with the Civil War and Reconstruction
Bubble in the Sun

Bubble in the Sun

Knowlton, Christopher
$18.00
Christopher Knowlton, author of Cattle Kingdom and former Fortune writer, takes an in-depth look at the spectacular Florida land boom of the 1920s and shows how it led directly to the Great Depression.

The 1920s in Florida was a time of incredible excess, immense wealth, and precipitous collapse. The decade there produced the largest human migration in American history, far exceeding the settlement of the West, as millions flocked to the grand hotels and the new cities that rose rapidly from the teeming wetlands. The boom spawned a new subdivision civilization--and the most egregious large-scale assault on the environment in the name of "progress." Nowhere was the glitz and froth of the Roaring Twenties more excessive than in Florida. Here was Vegas before there was a Vegas: gambling was condoned and so was drinking, since prohibition was not enforced. Tycoons, crooks, and celebrities arrived en masse to promote or exploit this new and dazzling American frontier in the sunshine. Yet, the import and deep impact of these historical events have never been explored thoroughly until now.

In Bubble in the Sun Christopher Knowlton examines the grand artistic and entrepreneurial visions behind Coral Gables, Boca Raton, Miami Beach, and other storied sites, as well as the darker side of the frenzy. For while giant fortunes were being made and lost and the nightlife raged more raucously than anywhere else, the pure beauty of the Everglades suffered wanton ruination and the workers, mostly black, who built and maintained the boom, endured grievous abuses.

Knowlton breathes dynamic life into the forces that made and wrecked Florida during the decade: the real estate moguls Carl Fisher, George Merrick, and Addison Mizner, and the once-in-a-century hurricane whose aftermath triggered the stock market crash. This essential account is a revelatory--and riveting--history of an era that still affects our country today.

Explorer's Guide Sarasota, Sanibel Island, & Naples NEW VERSION

Koster-walton, Chelle
$21.95