Below are highlights from just some of the many reviews our books received throughout May!

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Deemed “the book any self-respecting mini-golf fan has to read next” by Golf DigestTim Hollis’s The Minibook of Minigolf is “a delightful and nostalgic journey through the often wacky world of miniature golf.”

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Saving Florida by Leslie Kemp Poolie is what the Lakeland Ledger considers “a worthwhile addition to the discussion of Florida’s environmental history.”

“Poole’s book celebrates not only the well-known environmental legacy of Florida’s ‘three Marjories’ — author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, scientist Marjorie Harris Carr, and journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas — but also the untold stories of women who were vital forces for the environment, some even before they had the right to vote,” highlights the Orlando Sentinel.

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“Before Jamestown, before Plymouth, there was St. Augustine,” says the Chicago Tribune in its introduction of Elsbeth “Buff” Gordon’s Walking St. Augustine: An Illustrated Guide and Pocket History to America’s Oldest City. “Gordon discusses St. Augustine’s colonial architecture and studies its ancient maps before examining the city street by street.”

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In the Boston Globe’s article, “Seven Books on Cuba,” Marc Frank’s Cuban Revelations is praised for “hauling up a sort of core sample of telling details.”

Americas Quarterly also praised the book, calling it “a clear and compelling guide to the transition from Fidel to Raul Castro after the demise of the Soviet Union.” The review goes on to say that “Frank’s excellent and accessible volume tells us how Cuba is slowly but surely changing.”

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“If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating a biscuit slathered with sorghum and butter, all you need is Ronni Lundy to share her childhood recollections of the sweet syrup to bring you back to that place and that flavor,” says the Knoxville News Sentinel in praise of Lundy’s Sorghum’s Savor.

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Daytona Beach News-Journal notes that Cuba: A History in Art by Gary R. Libby with Juan A. Martínez “is the first book of its kind to highlight the historic collection” at the Museum of Art and Sciences in Daytona Beach.

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H-Net Reviews calls Spies and Shuttles: NASA’s Secret Relationship with the DoD and CIA by James E. David “a valuable window into the workings of NASA and the impact that defense and intelligence efforts have on civilian science.” The review goes on to call it “an excellent book: descriptive, informative, and engaging.”

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A Desolate Place for a Defiant People by Daniel O. Sayers is “highly recommended” by Choice. It is “the most comprehensive archaeological research completed on the Dismal Swamp area,” the review continues.

“Sayers’s perspectives are fresh and brilliant,” notes the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology. “Sayers and the maroons he studies forces us to ask questions about the definition of liberty.”

And in case you missed it, the book was also featured on NPR recently.

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La Florida: Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence edited by Viviana Díaz Balsera and Rachel A. May is “essential,” according to Choice. The book, which recently won the gold medal in the Florida Book Awards for nonfiction, is “a thoughtful and informative multidisciplinary volume marked by an unusually elevated level of chapters that documents the nature and significance of the Hispanic presence in Florida from the early 16th century to the present, the review continues.

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Exciting Features

C-SPAN Book TV featured two of our books. In this book discussion, we hear from Thomas Graham, author of Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine—a recent winner of the bronze medal in the Florida Book Awards for nonfiction—and in this book discussion we hear from Patsy West on her book, The Enduring Seminoles.

Mac Stone, author of Everglades: America’s Wetland wrote about his inspiration for his book in the Ocala Star Banner and the Gainesville Sun.

The Orlando Sentinel highlighted Lola Haskins’s Fifteen Florida Cemeteries: Strange Tales Unearthed in an article about Florida’s historic cemeteries.

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