In October, we published Cathy Salustri's Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida, in which she retraces a 5,000-mile journey once taken by Stetson Kennedy and Zora Neale Hurston. Along the way, she stopped at various landmarks not usually part of the typical Florida vacation. Below she shares photos she captured and talks about the … Continue reading Stops along the “Backroads of Paradise”
University Press of Florida books have received lots of positive attention recently. In an interview with Cathy Salustri about her book, Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida, the New York Times notes the author “delights in letting people know that to really discover Florida, you have to turn off the congested Interstates and explore the state’s … Continue reading Review Roundup
This, I think, is what draws people here over and over again: the promise of Eden in bits and pieces. We don’t offer a singular type of paradise as one grand entrée; instead, you can find it in bite-size portions, discover it in slivers and slices around the state, each one situated so that the … Continue reading Slices of Paradise from the Backroads of Florida
"A handy road companion for any tourist, newcomer, or longtime Floridian who wants to get off the beaten path and travel back in time."--Bobby Braddock, Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter "In staccato bursts of frenzy and passion, Salustri has written a modern love story affirming her tangled relationship with the Sunshine State. Retracing the … Continue reading Backroads of Paradise
Written by Shanna Merceron Picking up a copy of Robert Silk’s An Ecotourist's Guide to the Everglades and the Florida Keys was like hopping into my dad’s old Tahoe and cruising down the Florida coast. Ever since my father was old enough, he was taking trips from the cold Jersey shore to the warm … Continue reading Exploring Key West and the Dry Tortugas
"As essential as sunscreen and a must-have for anyone visiting or living in South Florida."--Mac Stone, author of Everglades: America's Wetland "An alluring snapshot, capturing the regions' fun side with fishing, fantasy, food, and an overall funky feel."--Mary Barley, chair, Everglades Trust "Delivers all of the hidden and not-so-hidden gems that even the most discerning … Continue reading An Ecotourist’s Guide to the Everglades and the Florida Keys
On February 27, my friends and I set out on a journey of a lifetime. We were headed north—through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee—and made stops along the way to enjoy the best of what each place had to offer.