May 2014 Review Roundup

It’s been a busy and exciting spring for UPF books and authors! First, hear what UPF authors have to say in these recent interviews:

 

Listen to Dale Finley Slongwhite, author of Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Foodon WGCU News.

Listen to Robert Brinkmann, author of Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policyon WGCU News.

Listen to Bill DeYoung, author of Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down on WGCU News.

You’ll get to hear the actual Mayday call John Lerro made to the Coast Guard when his 600-ft cargo ship hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Listen to Brandon Haught, author of Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom, on WMFE’s Intersection.

Listen to John Quist and Michael Birkner, editors of James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War, on WITF’s Smart Talk.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal enjoyed two of our new books:

Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic World: Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator

by Daniel L. Schafer

“Kingsley is indeed a puzzling figure, and a fascinating one. He was an adventurer, slave trader, businessman and gimcrack social philosopher. . . . Schafer brings this forgotten man to life.”—Wall Street Journal

The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer

by James Dempsey

“[A] sympathetic and pleasing study of this often overlooked patron and critic. . . . Provides the first detailed account of Thayer’s life and of his important but conflicted support of modern writers and artists at the Dial. . . . Enthralling and convincing.”—Wall Street Journal

Intrigued? Listen to an interview with author James Dempsey on Newstalk’s Moncrieff (beginning at 34:00).

Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America

by Joshua H. Nadel

“World Cup fans, it’s time for corner kicks and soccer books,” announced the Christian Science Monitor. Take a look—you’ll spot the new Fútbol! and you can even read an excerpt.

 

Day Hiking Southwest Florida: A Guide to the Best Trail Adventures in Greater Naples and Fort Myers

by Johnny Molloy

“If you want to take your walk to the next level or just miss the chance to hike in your new semi-tropical home, pick up a copy of Molloy’s latest and explore your own backyard.”—Southwest Florida News-Press

Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment

by Peggy Macdonald

Gainesville residents and UF alumni, did you know Lake Alice almost became a cross-campus throughway and 2,000-car parking lot? Find out how Marjorie Harris Carr saved one of Gainesville’s “ecological crown jewels” in Peggy Macdonald’s Gainesville Sun article.

 

Monumental Dreams: The Life and Sculpture of Ann Norton

by Caroline Seebohm

The Palm Beach Post learned about sculptor Ann Norton’s fascinating life in a Q&A with Norton’s biographer, Caroline Seebohm, and a juicy excerpt from the book.

 

The Life and Times of Mary Musgrove

by Steven C. Hahn

“Hahn has meticulously told the story of a life largely lost to history. Musgrove was an exceptional individual with a fascinating life story.”—Southern Historian

 

The Complete Letters of Constance Fenimore Woolson

Edited by Sharon L. Dean

“Speculation over the closeness of her friendship with [Henry] James and the motives for her suicide has dominated accounts of her. The publication of her surviving letters shifts the balance.”—London Review of Books

 

The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World

by Nathaniel Millett

“Millett has breathed new life into a piece of Florida history that was a national topic of discussion in the 19th century but lost its purchase in the Jim Crow milieu of the 20th.”—The Florida Times-Union

Check back next month for more news and reviews!

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