Read highlights from some of the best reviews we received in August!

Embracing_CubaOur new photography book, Embracing Cuba by Byron Motley, received plenty of praise this month. Booklist not only gave the book a star rating, but also gave the review “Review of the Day” on September 21 and awarded it “Best Travel Book of the Year.” Booklist said that “anyone who has the pleasure of perusing the arresting pages in this right-on-time photograph album will see the source of our enthusiasm” and urged readers to “view and enjoy these sensitive photos, and bon voyage.”

Many other outlets mentioned Embracing Cuba and Motley this month, ranging from an interview with NPR station KCUR 89.3 to an interview with Fox 4 News in Kansas City. The Tampa Tribune even interviewed Motley in an article about Tampa LGBT leaders going on a cruise to Cuba to promote LGBT rights and freedoms in the country.

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Havana_HardballHavana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban League, another one of our new books, published with rave reviews in September. César Brioso‘s book on Jackie Robinson and the Cuban League received a star rating from Library Journal, who said “Brioso’s excellent history details these events while also documenting the history of professional baseball in Cuba…This book chronicles baseball history at its best, covering an important chapter in U.S.-Cuba social history.”

Cuban Art News also gave Havana Hardball some love, putting it on its “Fall Bookshelf” list and claiming “Havana Hardball captures the excitement of the Cuban League’s greatest challenge to Major League Baseball’s color barrier.” The book also got a notable shout-out from Publishers Weekly on their list of upcoming books on Cuba, and Brioso was featured on USA Today‘s “The Walkoff Podcast.” Check out the interview below:

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Paradise_ParkOur next new title, Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs by Lu Vickers and Cynthia Wilson-Graham, fell under the spotlight courtesy from an enthusiastic review from the Daily Mail. The British publication stated that the book “paints a picture of a place of fun during a painful period in time, comparing it to other tourist spots set aside exclusively for African-Americans at the time.”

Photographs from the book featured in an Orlando Weekly review, who said that “authors Lu Vickers and Cynthia Wilson Graham have put together a comprehensive history on this long forgotten vacation destination.” Slate mentioned the book in an article that also previewed choice photographs from the book, and the Ledger detailed it in a write-up for their “Tourism Talk” column.

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picked_fried_and_freshOur new cookbook, Pickled, Fried, and Fresh: Bert Gill’s Southern Flavors was the subject of several write-ups this past month. Ken Eats Gainesville gave the book, written by Bert Gill with Erika Nelson, a positive review, saying that it “highlights a lot of recipes that make use of [Gainesville’s] local ingredients” and that “it’s a pretty cool piece of Gainesville cuisine.” The book also landed on the front page of the Gainesville Sun, and WUFT interviewed Bert Gill to learn how the book came to be.

 

 

 

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Sorghums_SavorRonni Lundy‘s cookbook Sorghum’s Savor remains a popular book among the media, and it earned a positive review from the Courier-Journal this month. The Louisville, Kentucky publication said, “Sorghum’s Savor takes the reader on a lyrical journey through recipes compatible with the cane adopted by the South when the Civil War restricted the flow of sugar.” They also ran two recipes, Sorghum & Bourbon Pecan Pie and Maque Choux, from the book. Additionally, Lundy was mentioned by a Greenville Sun article on a documentary centered on sorghum.

 

 

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EvergladesMac Stone
, author of our beloved photography book Everglades: America’s Wetland, made the TED home page for his TEDxUF talk that he gave back in March. His TED talk is clocked in at 210,000 views and counting. The Independent Florida Alligator ran the story as well.

 

 

 

 

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Silver_SpringsCNN highlighted 10 photographs from photographer Bruce Mozert, and mentioned Gary Monroe‘s book Silver Springs: The Underwater Photography of Bruce Mozert that compiled the photographer’s legendary work.

 

 

 

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democracy_abroadTameka Bradley Hobbs, author of the recent book Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida, was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article about insults and throwing shade. Hobbs said shade is “the bitter residue of a people who have mastered the art of dismissing and humiliating others with humor and sarcasm after having been degraded for years ourselves.”

 

 

 

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Conservative_HurricaneMatthew Corrigan, author of Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida, continues to get mentions in news reports surrounding the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Orlando Sentinel quoted Corrigan in an article on Jeb Bush’s proposal to reform the U.S. tax code.

 

 

 

 

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Allure_of_ImmortalityMacIntosh Books applauded the University Press of Florida in their “Publisher Spotlight” feature this month, and highlighted our new books Embracing CubaHavana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban League, and Pickled, Fried, and Fresh: Bert Gill’s Southern Flavors. The spotlight also previewed an upcoming UPF book: Lyn Millner‘s The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet.

 

 

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