Last-minute shopping is a lot easier with University Press of Florida’s Holiday Gift Guide! We’ve gathered together a wide variety of our newest books to help you find the perfect gift for all the special people in your life. Not only will your loved ones be delighted by their new literary treasures, but with all your shopping done you’ll have more time to spend with them. Happy holidays from University Press of Florida!

All UPF books are up to 40% off with $1 per book shipping through December 16. To order, visit and use code XM16 at checkout.


Shrimp Country: Recipes and Tales from the Southern Coasts
by Anna Marlis Burgard

For the foodie with a taste for the sea: Anna Marlis Burgard’s Shrimp Country feeds both the body and the soul with a winning combination of succulent shrimp recipes, colorful photographs, and charming anecdotes from trawler captains, marine biologists, and award-winning chefs.



Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida
by Cathy Salustri

So your friend is looking for adventure in Florida and wants to avoid the crowds at Disney? Give them Cathy Salustri’s Backroads of Paradise! This book takes travelers away from congested interstates, exploring what once were the state’s main roads but now are backroads and scenic byways. Readers will enjoy this 5,000-mile road trip through a patchwork quilt of Florida cultures.



Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West
by William McKeen

For the literary-minded: this award-winning book tells the story of great American writers and artists who called Key West home. Featuring the exploits of Hunter Thompson, Jimmy Buffett, Tom McGuane, and more, here are true tales of a generation that invented, reinvented, and found itself at the unending cocktail party at the end—and the beginning—of America’s highway.



Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town
by Marty Jourard

Buying your teenager an instrument seemed like a smart, cultured choice—at first. If you want a little quiet back in your life, choose Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town by Marty Jourard as the next gift for your rising musician. Jourard, himself a member of the chart-topping Motels, writes of ’60s and ’70s small-town American rock and roll. Be warned, though. Side effects of reading about Gainesville, Florida and its nationally recognized musicians like Tom Petty may inspire a harder rocker than ever.


E. G. Barnhill: Florida Photographer, Adventurer, Entrepreneur
by Gary Monroe

Your daughter has graduated from the crayon scribbles she once left on your furniture and walls. Recognize her artistic maturity with Gary Monroe’s E.G. Barnhill: Florida Photographer, Adventurer, Entrepreneur, and she just might be inspired to create rich and intense Florida landscapes like Barnhill’s.



A Pioneer Son at Sea: Fishing Tales of Old Florida
by Gilbert L. Voss, edited by Robert S. Voss

So your dad keeps going on about the wildly huge fish he caught back in his day and how it all just isn’t the same nowadays? Let him sit back and enjoy A Pioneer Son at Sea: Fishing Tales of Old Florida instead. By the time he’s finished reading about Gilbert Voss’ adventures through Old Florida, your dad may have found a couple of exciting new details to embellish his own stories.



Experiencing the Art of Pas de Deux
by Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra

For the dancer in your life: professional dance couple Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra explain the physical, emotional, and artistic techniques behind pas de deux, ballet partner dancing. Full of personal stories and step-by-step instructions, this book is essential for any aspiring ballet dancer.




Waiting for Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
by Lawrence Squeri

Don’t know what to get the cousin who is always looking up at the stars? Waiting for Contact will fascinate them with the story of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) movement. This one-of-a-kind history looks at the people, reasons, goals, and mindsets behind SETI. The book explores SETI’s origins during the Cold War and shows how the movement continues to capture imaginations today.




Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast
by Susan M. Varlamoff

For your friend with a green thumb: this vividly illustrated guide by Susan Varlamoff offers simple techniques to help conserve water, reduce pollutants, and combat climate change while increasing biodiversity and attracting pollinators and wildlife. Amateurs and professional landscapers alike will appreciate the sustainable strategies in this book.



An Ecotourist’s Guide to The Everglades and the Florida Keys
by Robert Silk

Know someone who loves to explore the natural world? Give them An Ecotourist’s Guide to the Everglades and the Florida Keys by Robert Silk. This guide is packed with adventure! It guarantees a fun-filled trip through the world’s most famous wetland, the Everglades, and the 130-mile island chain formed by the Florida Keys. What better way to experience the environment of subtropical Florida?



Florida’s Paved Bike Trails, Third Edition
by Jeff Kunerth and Gretchen Kunerth

For the biking enthusiast: Florida’s Paved Bike Trails contains vital details on over sixty different trails across the state. Authors Jeff Kunerth and Gretchen Kunerth expertly guide cyclists across Florida’s beautiful terrain and show where to find parking, water, restaurants, museums, and other attractions. This guide is a necessary read for rollerbladers, joggers, and walkers, too.




Sea Level Rise in Florida: Science, Impacts, and Options
by Albert C. Hine, Don P. Chambers, Tonya D. Clayton, Mark R. Hafen, and Gary T. Mitchum


Indian River Lagoon: An Environmental History
by Nathaniel Osborn

College has made your nephew incredibly concerned about environmental issues. Give him Sea Level Rise in Florida: Science, Impacts, and Options or Indian River Lagoon: An Environmental History by Nathaniel Osborn. These books will not only give him scientific sources for those tough research papers, but they will also show him how much more hip and informed you are than the other people at the holiday dinner table.



Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution
by Mary E. Adkins

The “Pork Chop Gang” may sound like a club founded by that cousin who steals all the holiday leftovers, but it actually refers to a small group of rural legislators that tried to stop the Florida state constitution from being modernized. Either case is pretty frustrating, so check out Making Modern Florida by Mary Adkins. It’ll give your cousin something else to chew on and maybe they’ll get the hint after reading about how the “Pork Chop Gang” failed and a new state constitution was created.



We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South
by Denise E. Bates

For your history junkie with a hungry mind and heart, buy We Will Always Be Here. Most records ignore or overlook the history of Native Americans in the U.S. South, but Denise Bates collects the experiences of contemporary tribal leaders, educators, and activists. Reflecting on such issues as poverty, education, racism, cultural preservation, and tribal sovereignty, the contributors to this volume offer a glimpse into the historical struggles of southern Native peoples, look at their present-day efforts, and share their hopes for the future.



White Sand Black Beach: Civil Rights, Public Space, and Miami’s Virginia Key
by Gregory W. Bush

For the history buff in your life: White Sand Black Beach is essential reading for understanding the history of segregation in Jim Crow–era Florida. Author Gregory Bush shows how Miami’s Virginia Key Beach evolved from a place of discrimination to a place of fellowship and relaxation that offers a common ground of hope for a better future.




Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community
by Martha A. Zierden and Elizabeth J. Reitz

For the archaeology buff: this book digs up the history of Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most storied cities of the American South. Learn about this vibrant, densely packed Atlantic port city through the ruins of taverns, markets, and townhouses.





Remembering Florida Springs
by Tim Hollis   

Know anyone who is nostalgic for the old days of Florida family vacations? Celebrate the classic years of twentieth-century Florida tourism with Remembering Florida Springs. This book will take them on a visual tour of Florida’s five biggest springs through vintage photos, postcards, advertisements, brochures, and souvenirs from their heyday. Featuring everything from mermaids to alligators to underwater mountains. Yes, you read that right: we did say mermaids.


To order any of these books at discount prices and to get $1 per book shipping, visit and use code XM16 at checkout.

Orders over $50 will receive a free UPF tote bag!


We hope you enjoy sharing and reading some of these good books. We wish all our readers a wonderful holiday season!

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