This month we are jumping into summer with more great reviews for UPF books!


6265An Ecotourist’s Guide to the Everglades and the Florida Keys

By Robert Silk

“Offers travel tips as well as insight into ‘Old Florida’ and the region’s Native American roots.”—Publishers Weekly

“This handy guide explores the Everglades and the Florida Keys, providing details about the sights, smells, and attractions that would appeal to naturalists, ecotourists, and outdoorsy travelers. Areas of interest include Fakahatchee Strand Preserve, Ten Thousand Islands, Big Cypress, Shark Valley, Miccosaukee Indian Village, Coral Castle, Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Key West.”—Library Journal



griffin-sitiki_odysseyThe Odyssey of an African Slave

By Sitiki
Edited by Patricia C. Griffin

“Presents the only known narrative of a Florida slave. . . . This is an important account of a 19th-century life that flows from freedom to bondage and then back to freedom. It offers modern readers a rarely seen glimpse into a slave’s life during Florida’s transition from territory to statehood.”—Civil War News




6258Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town

By Marty Jourard

“A surprising breath of fresh air. . . . Rocks back and forth between the macrocosm of larger trends (the Beatles’ invasion and takeover, the growth of the hippie counterculture) and the daily lives of aspiring musicians living in or passing through Florida’s heartland.”—Florida Weekly

“Chronicles a golden era during which Gainesville was home to eight future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and a slew of other young musicians who pursued their passion with fervor. . . . A nostalgic romp down Memory Lane.”—Gainesville Downtown





Indian River Lagoon: An Environmental History

By Nathaniel Osborn

“A fascinating concise study of this unique piece of Florida real estate, historian Nathaniel Osborn covers all the bases: dredging, filling, farming, fishing, citrus, industry, tourists, astronauts, retirees and, of course, mosquito control. Each have had a major impact on the fragile ecosystem behind the barrier islands.”—Florida Times-Union





Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs

By Lu Vickers and Cynthia Wilson-Graham

“The first to examine Silver Springs’ little known sister park, Paradise Park. . . . [It] unveils the complex origins and demise of Silver Springs’ separate theme park for African Americans.”—Senior Times





Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban League 

By César Brioso

“Conjures a colorful era of baseball that predated big-money sports.”—Foreign Affairs






A Pioneer Son at Sea: Fishing Tales of Old Florida

By Gilbert L. Voss
Edited by Robert S. Voss

“Great value as a record of Florida’s maritime memory, narrated in a straightforward yet very personal manner by an extraordinary native son.”—Bulletin of Marine Science





Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today

Edited by Bruce M. Bagley and Jonathan D. Rosen

“An extensive overview of the drug trade in the Americas and its impact on politics, economics, and society throughout the region. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice






Challenge and Change: Right-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism,
and the Baby Boom Generation

By June Melby Benowitz

“The scope of this book is impressive. The author covers every major issue, including the Vietnam War and the Equal Rights Amendment. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice





The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook

By Ana Quincoces and Nicole Valls

“Versailles is an elegant icon of an upended ancient regime, mixing nostalgia for a lost homeland with kitsch décor that recalls a style of 1950s Miami. . . . The accessible recipes [the authors] offer cover all the basics: classic sofrito marinade (garlic, onion, tomato, bell peppers), ropa vieja (shredded flank steak), black beans and rice, a rich flan, and strong Cuban coffee.”—Foreign Affairs





Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast

By Susan M. Varlamoff

“A practical resource guide to sustainable gardening, . . . written for gardeners in the Southeast to help them take advantage of the region’s lengthy growing season and to give them tips for amending the heavy clay soil. But don’t be put off by the ‘Southeast’ in the title if you live in another part of the country. No matter where you live, you can apply Varlamoff’s sound principles for sustainable gardening.”—Mother Nature Network

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