Read highlights from some of the best reviews we received in August!

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jigsawpoliticsinthesunshinestateSeth C. McKee’s book Jigsaw Puzzle Politics in the Sunshine State received a welcome shout-out from the Tallahassee Democrat, who stated that “if timing is everything in politics, the University Press of Florida just hit a publishing jackpot.”

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They_Dared_to_DreamThe Florida Times-Union published a positive review for They Dared to Dream: Florida Women Who Shaped History by Doris Weatherford, hailing it as “an invigorating account of Florida women, from pre-Columbian times to the present.” The review went on to say that “author Doris Weatherford works like a pointillist painter, gradually adding dots of bold color as she relates achievements of or anecdotes about Florida women—bringing women into the foreground alongside the great white men who have previously dominated the landscape.”

They Dared to Dream also received a notable mention in an Your Observer article detailing Dr. Mona Jain, a longtime friend of Weatherford and one of the women interviewed in the book.

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Life_and_Crimes_of_Railroad_BillThe Evergreen Courant newspaper shared a lovely review of The Life and Crimes of Railroad Bill: Legendary African American Desperado by Larry L. Massey, which was also shared on the Dispatches from the LP-OP blog. Writer Lee Peacock claimed that “you’ll be hard pressed to find a better book on Railroad Bill.”

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Sorghums_SavorA recipe from Ronni Lundy‘s book Sorghum’s Savor was featured on the Nothing in the House pie blog, accompanied by a review that stated the book was “full of information and wit and appetite-inspiring recipes—the type of cookbook that you want to read cover to cover.”

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.Saving_FloridaThe St. Augustine Record had high praise for Leslie Kemp Poole‘s book  Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century, describing the book as “a serious academic dealing with women’s role in preserving Florida’s natural assets, but it also contains the elements of a horror story. . . .It is truly a miracle that any of Florida’s natural environments has survived into the 21st century. . .[and] Leslie Kemp Poole deserves praise for her copious research and for creating a highly readable account of the role of women in preserving Florida’s unique natural resources.”

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Land_of_Sunshine_State_of_Dreams“Chronicles the rapid development and growth of 20th century Florida—and does so with the engaging wit and color that has become [Mormino’s] signature style,” said Forum on Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida in an article about author Gary Mormino‘s life and legacy.

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Origins_of_the_DreamA story about W. Jason Miller discovering a recording of the original “I Have a Dream” speech that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered in North Carolina nearly broke the Internet (OK, maybe not to that extreme) this month. With it came extensive media coverage, including numerous references to his UPF book Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric. The Associated Press broke the story and released an accompanying video, and a bevy of news outlets ran it or gave it their own unique spin: a shortlist includes ABC News (including a live report from Diane Sawyer), BBC, Charlotte News and Observer (which interviewed a woman who witnessed King’s original speech), CNN, New York Post, The Guardian, and USA Today among dozens of others.

 

 

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Conservative_HurricaneMatthew T. Corrigan sat down with WLRN podcast Topical Currents to discuss his book Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida and Jeb Bush’s current run to become the Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

 

 

 

 

 

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Good_CatchGood Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters by Pam BrandonKatie Farmand, and Heather McPherson got featured in a Fresh Perspectives  post that highlights one of the book’s delectable recipes: Spanish-styled broiled mackerel. Bon appétit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Madame_Lalaurie_Mistress_of_the_Haunted_HouseLast but certainly not least, an article written by Madame Lalaurie, Mistress of the Haunted House author Carolyn Morrow Long won the first place award in the features writing category for the 2015 “Excellence in Journalism” Awards, which is organized by the Press Club of New Orleans.  Featured in the Spring 2014 edition of the Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, the article explored the infamous Cracker Jack Drug Store in New Orleans.

 

 

 

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