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Miami: A Backward Glance

Miami: A Backward Glance

Murrell, Muriel V
$14.95

From the lavish parties, the yachts, and the innovative architecture to the sultry summer days, the mosquito bites, and the hurricanes, Muriel Murrell captures in a series of charming vignettes the early days of Miami. Her remembrances are populated with a fascinating mix of eccentric millionaires, artists, shysters, heiresses, and mobsters, some of whose names are recognizable today, and others whose names have disappeared into history along with the gracious winter homes once lining Brickell Avenue. Part memoir, part history, Miami, A Backward Glance reminds us how the Magic City rose from the swamp, developing from a pioneer town to a luxury resort to an important crossroads of the Western Hemisphere.

Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise

Myrtle Scharrer Betz
$20.00
Natural Places

Natural Places

Orr, Carmichael
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American Alligator : Ancient Predator in the Modern World

Ouchley, Kelby
$19.95
Forgotten Tales of Florida

Forgotten Tales of Florida

Patterson, Bob
$14.99
With such a rich and significant history, it s only natural that some of the best stories from the Sunshine State have been forgotten over time. Thankfully, master storyteller and St. Augustine resident Bob Patterson offers this collection of the
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Birding hot spots in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Sarasota Audubon Society
$7.95

Fishes of Florida's Gulf Coast

Shipp, Dr. Bob
$8.95
Sibley's Backyard Birds of Florida

Sibley's Backyard Birds of Florida

Sibley, David Allen
$8.95
Written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley, America's most widely respected bird illustrator and ornithologist, this FoldingGuide offers instant access to just what backyard birdwatchers need to know. 78 land bird species are covered, including multiple illustrations, descriptive captions, size, range, and seasonal presence. All parts of the state are included.

Sibley's Birds of South Florida

Sibley, David Allen
$8.95

Sibley's Ducks of Eastern North America

Sibley, David Allen
$8.95
Sibley's Birds of Florida's Gulf Coast

Sibley's Birds of Florida's Gulf Coast

Simmons, Ernest C
$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.
Sibley's Waterbirds of Sanibel and Captiva

Sibley's Waterbirds of Sanibel and Captiva

Simmons, Ernest C
$8.95
Written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley, America's most widely respected bird illustrator and ornithologist, this FoldingGuide offers instant access to just what the beginning birdwatcher needs to know.
Land Remembered 5/3/16 BC

Land Remembered

Smith, Patrick
$14.95

A Land Remembered has been ranked #1 Best Florida Book eight times in annual polls conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine.

In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life with his wife and infant son, and ends two generations later in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need. The sweeping story that emerges is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a memorable cast of crusty, indomitable Crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes, and freezes to carve a kingdom out of the swamp. But their most formidable adversary turns out to be greed, including finally their own. Love and tenderness are here too: the hopes and passions of each new generation, friendships with the persecuted blacks and Indians, and respect for the land and its wildlife.

A Land Remembered was winner of the Florida Historical Society's Tebeau Prize as the Most Outstanding Florida Historical Novel. Now in its 14th hardcover printing, it has been in print since 1984 and is also available in trade paperback.

Andrea says: The best novel about Florida history ever written. If you love Florida, you’ll love this book!

Greetings from Sarasota Florida

Greetings from Sarasota Florida

Spencer, Donald
$24.99
The resort towns of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, are traced back to the early twentieth century through 375 postcard images. Revisit the early days of Ringling Bros. Circus, tour Sarasota Jungle Gardens, visit Asolo Theater, and sail the Sarasota Bay. Relive the grandeur of the Hotel Sarasota. Ride along the Tamiami Trail to Sunshine Skyway Bridge or the Manatee River Bridge and stop at surrounding communities Sebring, Venice, and Anna Marie Island. This colorful book has something for residents and tourists alike. Dates and values of the historic, hand-colored images are a valuable resource for postcard collectors worldwide.
Rick Steves Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn

Rick Steves Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn

Steves, Rick
$13.99
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Tallinn.
In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers the essential spots of each city, including the Hermitage, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Linnanmäki (a classic amusement park), and Toompea Castle. Take a day trip to the lavish palace at Peterhof, stroll through Kaivopuisto Park in Helsinki, or see the best of contemporary Estonian art at Talinn's Kumu Art Museum. You'll get Rick's firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.
Rick Steves Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick's up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).

Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape

Stibolt, Ginny
$24.95
Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard

Step-by-Step Guide to a Florida Native Yard

Stibolt, Ginny
$21.95

More and more Florida residents are deciding to replace highly fertilized, over-watered, pesticide-dependent lawns with native plants. They want to reduce their carbon footprints; save time, water, and money; and attract birds and butterflies. But where to begin? This illustrated guide helps readers get started creating new outdoor spaces that are both sustainable and beautiful.

Taking the common 1/3-acre lot as an example, Ginny Stibolt and Marjorie Shropshire provide a sample layout for a basic native plant landscape. They use a grid system that allows gardeners to work on their yards in small sections instead of trying to revamp the entire landscape at once. And they break down the process into individual steps, making it manageable even for beginners.

The first step is assessing your property and choosing which plants to keep and which to remove. Next, the book discusses how to handle rainwater, introduce trees, install a butterfly garden, use native plants as screening, make an outdoor "room" for entertaining, build wild areas into the landscape, and plan a smart maintenance program that relies on certain plants to keep boundaries neat and incorporates natural weed control.

By following these methods, anyone can convert all or part of their yard into a more natural area without using pesticides or artificial fertilizers, which will save money and help support wildlife. Complete with detailed diagrams and lists of suggested plants for each step, this guide will help readers set up an environmentally-friendly habitat and give them the time and peace of mind to enjoy it.

Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida

Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida

Stibolt, Ginny; Contreras, Mel
$24.95
"A wonderful and well-researched book that describes all aspects of organic gardening, from seed to harvest, as well as how to gather seeds from your labors for subsequent years. This book will help you create a garden that will produce food for yourself and your family, whether you live in Florida or not."--Nell Newman, president of Newman's Own Organics

"With demand and desire exploding for fresh, healthful, locally grown produce, Ginny and Melissa are right on time. Hold a copy close, dig a plot, and grow your own!"--Michel Nischan, president of Wholesome Wave

"If you want to grow your own vegetables organically but are unsure how to get started--this is the book for you."--Steve Christman, Floridata.com

"An excellent addition for any Floridian interested in raising food, either on a small-scale commercial basis or simply for the pleasure of seeing a garden grow."--Marilyn E. Swisher, coeditor of Managed Ecosystems: The Mesoamerican Experience

With food costs on the rise, people are turning to their own yards for affordable and delicious produce. In Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida, expert botanist Ginny Stibolt and Master Gardener Melissa Contreras provide simple and accessible advice for successful, pesticide-free vegetable gardening in Florida, where soil types vary and mild winters do not clear out all pests. They offer suggestions for opportunities beyond the home garden, advice on what to do with over-abundant harvests, and tips for developing a community garden. They also address pest management, appropriate bed types, irrigation, seed saving, proper harvesting, and food safety.

By providing information that helps people get closer to their food sources, Stibolt and Contreras have created an invaluable guide for everyday gardeners as well as small farmers who wish to expand their operations in order to participate in farmers markets or CSAs.

50 Great Walks in Florida

Tobias, Lucy Beebe
$24.95
Sarasota's Asolo

Sarasota's Asolo

Wallace, Brad
$21.99
In the Sarasota summer heat of 1960, Florida State University students began an acting company that is now known as the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Performances were held in the Historic Asolo Theater, relocated from its home in Italy in 1950. Over the past fifty years, the Asolo Repertory Theatre has become a renowned fixture in the Sarasota community, thriving thanks to a remarkable collaboration between FSU, the State of Florida, the Ringling Museum and the Asolo's regional supporters. Follow retired Asolo actor and director Brad Wallace as he relives the magnificent history of this beloved institution.
Ringling : The Florida Years, 1911-1936

Ringling : The Florida Years, 1911-1936

Weeks, David Chapin
$26.95

John Nicholas Ringling's years in Sarasota spanned the final quarter-century of his life. On Florida's west coast, as the Ringling's Circus became "the greatest show on earth," he collected Baroque paintings, European decorative art, and Italian statuary, built the ostentatious mansion Ca'd'Zan, developed and marketed most of the barrier islands around Sarasota Bay, and became the focus of a confusing pastiche of acclaim, misconception, and suspicion. Sarasota's Ringling Museum is his priceless cultural legacy to the people of Florida and the world of art--an inheritance at risk for the ten years that Ringling's estate was in probate.

The author of this first intensive look at Ringling's presence in Sarasota sets the man against the backdrop of Florida from World War I through the land boom and the turbulent twenties into the depression years and Ringling's lapse into obscurity.
Illustrated with nearly fifty black-and-white photographs, many never before published, this is the chronicle of a man, as the foreword claims, "who was not afraid to think or live on a grand scale, who knew what he wanted from life, and from art."

Florida's Freshwater Fishes

Florida's Freshwater Fishes

Werner, Robert G.
$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.
Manatee County

Manatee County

Wiggins, Jim
$21.99

The area known as Manatee County opened for settlement at the close of the Second Seminole War in 1841.


This was due to Congress's passage of the Armed Occupation Act of 1842, which allowed settlers to claim 160 acres of land at a cost of $1.25 an acre if they were able to bear arms and live on the land for five years. It wasn't long before settlers appeared up and down the beautiful Manatee River, led by Josiah Gates and his family on the south side. Many of his friends had suffered losses with the collapse of the Union Bank in Tallahassee and were anxious to join him. The opulent shores on both sides of the river quickly enticed other settlers to make their claims, offering a cornucopia filled with some of Florida's best resources for growth and prosperity. This volume provides a pictorial account of those lives, which were caught in the struggle to carve out a niche against all odds in a place that faced epidemics of yellow fever, malaria, typhoid, and a third uprising of the Seminole Indians. In 1861, Florida seceded from the Union, which was followed by the Civil War with a Union victory in 1865 that brought an end to slavery and plantation ownership.

Florida Keys

Williams, Joy
$22.00
Sarasota and Bradenton Florida

Sarasota and Bradenton Florida

Wilpon, Bonnie
$21.99
From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication, and many of the postcards produced during this "golden age" can today be considered works of art. Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation snapping photographs of busy street scenes, documenting local landmarks, and
assembling crowds of local children only too happy to pose for a picture. These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores across the
country, survive as telling reminders of an important era in America's history. This fascinating new history of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida,
showcases more than two hundred of the best postcards available.