Kick off the final month of summer with half price eBooks from University Press of Florida! All the titles in this selection are new, published since March of this year—since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are looking for a new read, take advantage of this chance to catch up on some books you may have missed during these past few months. This collection features the stories of Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria, a 365-day tour of five centuries of Florida history, and a fascinating biography of one of the most influential members of the Black Panther Party.

You can enjoy the digital versions of these eleven books for 50% off (or more!) on eReaders such as Kindle, Nook, and Kobo through August 31, 2020. To access any of these eBooks, visit our website or your favorite eBook vendor and navigate to the book of your choice.

We hope you enjoy these new books. You can view more books from our Spring and Summer 2020 season here.


10032019134511_500x500After the storm, a community comes together
Tossed to the Wind: Stories of Hurricane Maria Survivors
María T. Padilla and Nancy Rosado

Framed by the stories of Hurricane Maria evacuees, this is the gripping account of the wreckage, despair, and displacement left in the wake of one of the deadliest natural disasters on U.S. soil.

View images fromTossed to the Wind”


08282019152933_500x500Trailblazing greenway projects from vision to reality
The Greenway Imperative: Connecting Communities and Landscapes for a Sustainable Future

Charles A. Flink

In this eye-opening journey through some of America’s most innovative landscape architecture projects, Charles Flink shows why we urgently need greenways.

Watch a Q&A and extended preview of the book with author Charles A. Flink


12182019175911_500x500Short takes on five centuries of history
This Day in Florida History
Andrew K. Frank, J. Hendry Miller, and Tarah Luke

Featuring one entry per day of the year, this book is an enlightening collection of moments from Florida history—good and bad, famous and little-known, historical and contemporary.

Read an excerpt from “This Day in Florida History”


10022019183926_500x500-1The surprising story of Florida’s Japanese settlers  
Yamato Colony: The Pioneers Who Brought Japan to Florida

Ryusuke Kawai, translated by John Gregersen and Reiko Nishioka

Opening a window onto the little-known Japanese-American heritage of Florida, Yamato Colony is the true tale of a daring immigrant venture that left behind an important legacy.

Read a guest post from author Ryusuke Kawai: “On the Writing of Yamato Colony”


11062019203848_500x500Black beans and vice in Florida’s Cigar City
From Saloons to Steak Houses: A History of Tampa

Andrew T. Huse

Andrew Huse takes readers on a journey into historic bars, theaters, gambling halls, soup kitchens, clubs, and restaurants, telling the story of Tampa’s past through these fascinating social spaces—many of which can’t be found in official histories.


09052019170135_500x500A kayaking adventure for the books
Journey of a River Walker: Paddling the St. Johns River

Ray Whaley

When Ray Whaley set out to accomplish his bucket-list goal of kayaking the length of the St. Johns River, it didn’t take long for him to realize he was in over his head.


revel001_500x500How tourism shaped the Sunshine State
Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism

Tracy J. Revels
New paperback edition released

This is the first book to focus exclusively on how—and why—tourism came to define Florida. Offering a concise look at the subject from the 1820s to the present, Tracy Revels demonstrates tourism’s relevance to all other major aspects of Florida history, including the Civil War, the land boom, and civil rights.


11082019190642_500x500Over 120 columns from a journalist of the civil rights era
The Changing South of Gene Patterson: Journalism and Civil Rights, 1960–1968

Edited by Roy Peter Clark and Raymond Arsenault
New paperback edition released

The Changing South of Gene Patterson celebrates the work of one of America’s most influential journalists who wrote in a time and place of dramatic social and political upheaval.


10222019134323_500x500A fascinating biography of a former Black Panther member 
Black Panther in Exile: The Pete O’Neal Story

Paul J. Magnarella

This book tells the story of Pete O’Neal, one of the most influential members of the Black Panther Party, who now lives in exile in Tanzania—unable to return to the United States but refusing to renounce his past.

Read a guest post from author Paul J. Magnarella: “Police Brutality and the Exile of Black Panther Pete O’Neal”


12182019175855_500x500An inside view of an alternative publishing space
Handmade in Cuba: Rolando Estévez and the Beautiful Books of Ediciones Vigía

Edited by Ruth Behar, Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, and Kristin Schwain

This collection is an in-depth examination of Ediciones Vigía, an artisanal press that published exquisite books crafted from simple supplies during some of Cuba’s most dire economic periods.

View images from “Handmade in Cuba”


11052019162115_500x500A phenomenon in American dance
Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance

Marcia B. Siegel
Second Edition

Howling Near Heaven is the only in-depth study of Twyla Tharp’s unique, restless creativity. This second edition features a new forward that brings the account of Tharp’s work up to date and discusses how dance and dance-making in the United States have changed in recent years.


The digital versions of these ten books are 50% off through August 31, 2020.

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