Take a look at some of the exciting reviews that our books have received in the last couple of months.

04092018191622_500x500Jack Clemons, author of Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home, was interviewed by Air and Space Magazine.

Praise for Safely to Earth:

“An engineer and software manager who worked on both the Apollo and space shuttle flights rehearses some behind-the-scenes activity during the decades he worked with NASA. . . . A narrative rocket powered by experience, intelligence, knowledge, and gratitude.” Kirkus



Praise for Drawn to the Deep: The Remarkable Underwater Explorations of Wes Skiles by Julie Hauserman:

“Hauserman, who knew her subject personally, more than makes the case that Skiles’s innovation and daring added significantly to the understanding of a variety of aquatic worlds, and to the human impact on them.” Publishers Weekly

“Hauserman portrays [Skiles] as a likable family man driven by his love of diving, and she recounts many of his fantastic, often-dangerous adventures. In addition to meeting a compelling character, readers learn about the cutting-edge work of cave divers, oceanographers, and environmental scientists against a backdrop of government regulatory inaction.” —Booklist



Bruce Horovitz talked about his new book, Gamble Rogers: A Troubadour’s Life, on WJCT News’s First Coast Connect Book Club.





10242017182642_500x500Von Diaz’s Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South continues to garner praise. Diaz was recently profiled in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was also interviewed by the Boston Globe and in Taste of the South.





Jim Ross, spoke with WUFT-FM  about how he selected the essays for his new book In Season: Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places In Between.





One year after Charlottesville Karen Cox, author of Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture, discusses the  history of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Glamour and The Guardian. She also responded to the toppling of Confederate monument “Silent Sam” in the Washington Post.





Julie Lesnik, author of Edible Insects and Human Evolution, was interviewed by NPR’s the Salt and the Green Room podcast about incorporating insects in the human diet.






Tameka Bradley Hobbs talked about her book, Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida, on New Books in African American Studies.





Here are some more recent reviews:


12192017135630_500x500Phil Gernhard, Record Man
by Bill DeYoung

“A vivid picture of the American music industry in the second half of the 20th century. . . . [An] intriguing, complicated and multi-valanced story.” Florida Weekly




10052017191713_500x500Florida’s Lost Galleon: The Emanuel Point Shipwreck 
Edited by Roger C. Smith

“An engaging and often exciting story. . . . Smith has provided an excellent example of well-managed, long-term investigation, expertly organized and clearly and intelligently presented.”Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society News



halloc01_500x500Travels on the St. Johns River 
by John Bartram and William Bartram
Edited by Thomas Hallock and Richard Franz

“A visitor today walking the beach of one of these islands reading Travels on the St. Johns River in the morning shadows cast by high-rise condominiums would have a much deeper comprehension of the place, its origins, and its sad fate, which is what the editors of the volume hope for.” Early American Literature


10182017125526_500x500Fishes in the Fresh Waters of Florida: An Identification Guide and Atlas
by Robert H. Robins, Lawrence M. Page, James D. Williams, Zachary S. Randall, and Griffin E. Sheehy

“The photographs, descriptions, and range maps published here are all but a road map to locating and identifying these fishes. . . . An authoritative, incredibly useful, and much needed compendium of the fishes of Florida, and one that will guide many collecting trips for years to come.” —American Currents



Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism
by Jerry T. Watkins III

“Watkins’ book shares with us for the first time the many first hand accounts, in great detail, of gay men navigating a gay lifestyle in Florida’s panhandle. . . . Many of the stories in the book are as entertaining as they are educational and informative.” —South Florida Gay News



cheno001_500x500Simplicity, Equality, and Slavery: An Archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780
by John M. Chenoweth

“Well illustrated with an array of useful maps, site images and historical sketches. . . . A fascinating study that augments the complex narrative of Quakerism in the Caribbean.” —Quaker Studies


alonso01_500x500Cuban Cultural Heritage: A Rebel Past for a Revolutionary Nation
by Pablo Alonso González

“Fills a void by examining the politics of heritage from a geographic and postcolonial perspective, skillfully weaving materiality, ideology, and history together in a critique of nationalism during the republican and revolutionary periods. . . . Conceptually cohesive and rich in detail.” Choice



curry002_500x500Freedom and Resistance: A Social History of Black Loyalists in the Bahamas
by Christopher Curry

“Demonstrates that black loyalists helped to shape Bahamian society, and successfully represents these struggles as a crucial part of the wider efforts of peoples around the world to claim their social, political, economic, and legal rights during the Age of Revolution.” Slavery and Abolition


manle002_500x500The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic
by Elizabeth S. Manley

“Fills in the yawning lacunae concerning women’s roles during the reigns of the two infamous Dominican caudillos of the twentieth century. . . . This assiduously researched monograph deserves an audience beyond specialists in the Dominican Republic, to reach anyone interested in women and dictatorship.” American Historical Review


arbes001_500x500Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and the Conquest of Florida: A New Manuscript
by Gonzalo Solís de Merás
Edited, annotated, and translated by David Arbesú

“A welcome addition to the published canon of La Florida primary sources. . . . This book succeeds resoundingly in its goal to offer this new manuscript copy of Solís de Merás to historians of Florida and the wider United States.” H-Florida


westx007_500x500Darwin’s Man in Brazil: The Evolving Science of Fritz Müller
by David A. West

“Drawing on Alfred Möller’s monumental work, Fritz Müller: Werke, Briefe und Leben, published between 1915 and 1920, West’s book opens up this rich source of material for non-German speakers, but it also reveals much that is new. . . . West details all the different areas of Müller’s research and important discoveries with admirable thoroughness.”—Luso-Brazilian Review


klaus001_500x500Bones of Complexity: Bioarchaeological Case Studies of Social Organization and Skeletal Biology
Edited by Haagen D. Klaus, Amanda R. Harvey, and Mark N. Cohen

“These are some of the best bioarchaeological case studies from the standpoint of not shirking either the ‘bio’ or the ‘archaeology.’. . . The chapters in this volume are excellent examples of the value of bioarchaeological data in the broadest sense to issues of social complexity in prehistoric societies.” —Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies


03022018184820_500x500Mobilizing Heritage: Anthropological Practice and Transnational Prospects
by Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels

“Offers a persuasive argument for applying anthropological concepts to foster human capabilities. . . . A clearly presented vision of critical cultural heritage studies in theory and practice.” —Choice



atkin002_500x500atkin001_500x500Perspectives on American Dance:
The Twentieth Century
The New Millennium
Edited by Jennifer Atkins, Sally R. Sommer, and Tricia Henry Young

“Accessible and well researched, [combines] practical and theoretical perspectives on ways that dance shapes the American experience. . . . Highly recommended.” —Choice


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