• Photography

Florida Made

The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State
Author: GEORGE S. LEMIEUX,LAURA E. MIZE
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439665370
Category: Photography
Page: 288
View: 2732
Florida is in many ways both the oldest and newest of the megastates. Once an insect-ridden swampland, it is now a top destination for tourism, business, agriculture and innovation. The ideas and actions of a colorful cast of characters--from beloved cultural icons to political heroes and even a socialist dictator--transformed the peninsula. A Barbados native rescued Florida's orange industry after the catastrophic 1835 freeze. Known as the "Grande Dame of the Everglades," Marjory Stoneman Douglas worked tirelessly to save the state's vast, incomparable wetlands from annihilation in the early twentieth century. In the mid-1800s, a Florida doctor developed a precursor to modern air conditioning. Join former U.S. senator George LeMieux and journalist Laura Mize as they profile and rank, according to impact, the twenty-five trailblazers who have changed the state forever.


    • History

Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State


Author: George S. LeMieux,Laura E. Mize
Publisher: History Press Library Editions
ISBN: 9781540229021
Category: History
Page: 290
View: 3496
Florida is in many ways both the oldest and newest of the megastates. Once an insect-ridden swampland, it is now a top destination for tourism, business, agriculture and innovation. The ideas and actions of a colorful cast of characters--from beloved cultural icons to political heroes and even a socialist dictator--transformed the peninsula. A Barbados native rescued Florida's orange industry after the catastrophic 1835 freeze. Known as the "Grande Dame of the Everglades," Marjory Stoneman Douglas worked tirelessly to save the state's vast, incomparable wetlands from annihilation in the early twentieth century. In the mid-1800s, a Florida doctor developed a precursor to modern air conditioning. Join former U.S. senator George LeMieux and journalist Laura Mize as they profile and rank, according to impact, the twenty-five trailblazers who have changed the state forever.

    • Fiction

Florida


Author: Lauren Groff
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698405145
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 6303
FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD The universally acclaimed return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies. "Restorative fiction for these urgent times." (The New York Times) "Outstanding." (The Boston Globe) "Marvelous." (The Economist) "Gorgeously weird and limber." (The New Yorker) "Easily the year's best story collection." (Vogue) "Groff's gifts as a writer just keep soaring higher and higher.” (NPR’s Fresh Air) Florida is a "superlative" book (Boston Globe), "frequently funny" (San Francisco Chronicle), "brooding, inventive and often moving" (NPR Fresh Air) --as Groff is recognized as "Florida's unofficial poet laureate, as Joan Didion was for California." (Washington Post) In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those navigating this place are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character—a steely and conflicted wife and mother. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.

    • Juvenile Fiction

A Land Remembered


Author: Patrick D. Smith
Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc
ISBN: 9781561642243
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 200
View: 9717
Traces the story of the MacIvey family of Florida from 1858 to 1968.

    • Fiction

Made for Love


Author: Alissa Nutting
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062280570
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 4197
From one of our most exciting and provocative young writers, a poignant, riotously funny story of how far some will go for love—and how far some will go to escape it. Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs. As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron’s virtual clutches once and for all. Perceptive and compulsively readable, Made for Love is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation marriage, monogamy, and family.

    • Humor

Oh, Florida!

How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country
Author: Craig Pittman
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250071208
Category: Humor
Page: 336
View: 7863
Oh, Florida! That name. That combination of sounds. Three simple syllables, and yet packing so many mixed messages. To some people, it's a paradise. To others, it's a punchline. As Oh, Florida! shows, it's both of these - and, more importantly, it's a Petri dish, producing trends that end up influencing the rest of the country. Without Florida there would be no NASCAR, no Bettie Page pinups, no Glenn Beck radio rants, no USA Today, no "Stand Your Ground," ... you get the idea. To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a care-free paradise, yet it's also known for its perils - alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies. Craig Pittman's Oh, Florida! explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state. It is the first book to explore the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird - and why that's okay. Florida couldn't be Florida without that sense of the unpredictable, unexpected, and unusual lurking behind every palm tree. But there is far more to Florida than its sideshow freakiness. Oh, Florida! explains how Florida secretly, subtly influences all the other states in the Union, both for good and for ill.


    • Business & Economics

100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future


Author: Marco Rubio
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
ISBN: 9781596985117
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 169
View: 4770
The 100 ideas contained in this book reflect the thoughts of thousands of Floridians who have taken the time to offer their personal insights into what it will take to preserve the state's legacy of opportunity. This book is a written commitment that will detail Florida's vision for the future, and how to make it a reality. 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future shows how every Floridian can enjoy freedom, opportunity, and the pursuit of happiness and leave for their children a better life than their own.

    • Social Science

The New Urban Crisis

How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It
Author: Richard Florida
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465097782
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
View: 8698
Richard Florida, one of the world's leading urbanists and author of The Rise of the Creative Class, confronts the dark side of the back-to-the-city movement In recent years, the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. and yet all is not well. In The New Urban Crisis, Richard Florida, one of the first scholars to anticipate this back-to-the-city movement, demonstrates how the forces that drive urban growth also generate cities' vexing challenges, such as gentrification, segregation, and inequality. Meanwhile, many more cities still stagnate, and middle-class neighborhoods everywhere are disappearing. We must rebuild cities and suburbs by empowering them to address their challenges. The New Urban Crisis is a bracingly original work of research and analysis that offers a compelling diagnosis of our economic ills and a bold prescription for more inclusive cities capable of ensuring prosperity for all.

    • Gardening

Natural Florida Landscaping


Author: Dan Walton,Laurel Schiller
Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc
ISBN: 1561643882
Category: Gardening
Page: 110
View: 1305
As Florida is developed the native flora is often replaced with non-native plants. Wildlife habitat is reduced; water, fertilizer and pesticide usage increases; and the appearance of Florida is altered. But you can help reduce the damage being done to our ecosystems by viewing your yard as part of the natural system. This book will help you make a plan that will work for your yard and choose the native plants that will thrive there. You will have the joy of creating an aesthetically pleasing, life-supporting, and environmentally sensitive landscape. Methods for a small fruit and vegetable garden are also covered.

    • History

A World More Concrete

Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida
Author: N. D. B. Connolly
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022613525X
Category: History
Page: 376
View: 9580
Many people characterize urban renewal projects and the power of eminent domain as two of the most widely despised and often racist tools for reshaping American cities in the postwar period. In A World More Concrete, N. D. B. Connolly uses the history of South Florida to unearth an older and far more complex story. Connolly captures nearly eighty years of political and land transactions to reveal how real estate and redevelopment created and preserved metropolitan growth and racial peace under white supremacy. Using a materialist approach, he offers a long view of capitalism and the color line, following much of the money that made land taking and Jim Crow segregation profitable and preferred approaches to governing cities throughout the twentieth century. A World More Concrete argues that black and white landlords, entrepreneurs, and even liberal community leaders used tenements and repeated land dispossession to take advantage of the poor and generate remarkable wealth. Through a political culture built on real estate, South Florida’s landlords and homeowners advanced property rights and white property rights, especially, at the expense of more inclusive visions of equality. For black people and many of their white allies, uses of eminent domain helped to harden class and color lines. Yet, for many reformers, confiscating certain kinds of real estate through eminent domain also promised to help improve housing conditions, to undermine the neighborhood influence of powerful slumlords, and to open new opportunities for suburban life for black Floridians. Concerned more with winners and losers than with heroes and villains, A World More Concrete offers a sober assessment of money and power in Jim Crow America. It shows how negotiations between powerful real estate interests on both sides of the color line gave racial segregation a remarkable capacity to evolve, revealing property owners’ power to reshape American cities in ways that can still be seen and felt today.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Because of Winn-Dixie


Author: Kate DiCamillo
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763649457
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 288
View: 4474
A classic tale by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, America's beloved storyteller. One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. Featuring a new cover illustration by E. B. Lewis and an excerpt of Kate DiCamillo's newest novel, Raymie Nightingale.

    • Reference

Moving to Florida - Pros and Cons

Relocating to Florida, Cost of Living in Florida, How to Move to Florida, Florida Real Estate and Property in Florida Basics
Author: Dagny Wasil
Publisher: Bookspecs Publishing
ISBN: 9780990327615
Category: Reference
Page: 102
View: 2878
The must-have guide if you're thinking about relocating to Florida. Includes the cost of living in Florida, why a move to Florida may be good (or not) and Florida real estate & property in Florida basics. You may ask, "Should I move to Florida ... or not?" Here is a resource to help you find out. Moving To Florida shows why thousands move to Florida (and then leave) soon afterwards. It also shows you how to minimize any risk on your part. Your journey begins with discovering what Florida is really like: relocating, cost of living, right (and wrong) reasons for a move to Florida, plus the basic things you should know about Florida real estate & property. Information also includes: -- An insider's look at Florida's weather year round -- How to handle hurricane warnings (and actual events) -- What many don't know about Florida's beaches -- The critters here you may be unfamiliar with -- How the economy in Florida can move quickly (both upward and downward) -- Different ways individuals can live in Florida and reap it's benefits -- Florida real estate buying tips -- What you need to know about homeowner's insurance in the State of Florida -- How to save big on taxes and also a review of Florida's asset protection laws

    • Fiction

Alas, Babylon


Author: Pat Frank
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060741872
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 9417
The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the world.

    • Nature

Florida's Living Beaches

A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber
Author: Blair Witherington
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1561649880
Category: Nature
Page: 400
View: 3045
A newly updated edition of the comprehensive bestselling guide to all things found on Florida's 700 miles of sandy beaches. Over 1400 identified beach features, animals, shells, plants, minerals, and manmade objects, with over 1300 full-color images and over 500 maps and 400 pages.

    • Humor

Best. State. Ever.

A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
Author: Dave Barry
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101982624
Category: Humor
Page: 256
View: 2638
A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author Dave Barry. We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, “What the hell is wrong with Florida?” Somehow, the state’s acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that’s at the top, from the Sunshine State’s earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness that it is today. It’s the most hilarious book yet from “the funniest damn writer in the whole country” (Carl Hiaasen, and he should know). By the end, you’ll have to admit that whatever else you might think about Florida—you can never say it’s boring. From the Hardcover edition.

    • History

Emancipation Betrayed

The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920
Author: Paul Ortiz
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520250036
Category: History
Page: 410
View: 8471
"Paul Ortiz's lyrical and closely argued study introduces us to unknown generations of freedom fighters for whom organizing democratically became in every sense a way of life. Ortiz changes the very ways we think of Southern history as he shows in marvelous detail how Black Floridians came together to defend themselves in the face of terror, to bury their dead, to challenge Jim Crow, to vote, and to dream."—David R. Roediger, author of Colored White: Transcending the Racial Past “Emancipation Betrayed is a remarkable piece of work, a tightly argued, meticulously researched examination of the first statewide movement by African Americans for civil rights, a movement which since has been effectively erased from our collective memory. The book poses a profound challenge to our understanding of the limits and possibilities of African American resistance in the early twentieth century. This analysis of how a politically and economically marginalized community nurtures the capacity for struggle speaks as much to our time as to 1919.”—Charles Payne, author of I’ve Got the Light of Freedom

    • Fiction

Florida Roadkill

A Novel
Author: Tim Dorsey
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061833029
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 346
Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals -- and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs . . . and the suitcase. In the meantime, there's murder by gun, Space Shuttle, Barbie doll, and Levi's 501s. In other words, welcome to Tim Dorsey's Florida -- where nobody gets out unscathed and untanned!

    • History

Beneath a Ruthless Sun

A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found
Author: Gilbert King
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399183434
Category: History
Page: 432
View: 8112
"Compelling, insightful and important, Beneath a Ruthless Sun exposes the corruption of racial bigotry and animus that shadows a community, a state and a nation. A fascinating examination of an injustice story all too familiar and still largely ignored, an engaging and essential read." --Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Devil in the Grove, the gripping true story of a small town with a big secret. In December 1957, the wife of a Florida citrus baron is raped in her home while her husband is away. She claims a "husky Negro" did it, and the sheriff, the infamous racist Willis McCall, does not hesitate to round up a herd of suspects. But within days, McCall turns his sights on Jesse Daniels, a gentle, mentally impaired white nineteen-year-old. Soon Jesse is railroaded up to the state hospital for the insane, and locked away without trial. But crusading journalist Mabel Norris Reese cannot stop fretting over the case and its baffling outcome. Who was protecting whom, or what? She pursues the story for years, chasing down leads, hitting dead ends, winning unlikely allies. Bit by bit, the unspeakable truths behind a conspiracy that shocked a community into silence begin to surface. Beneath a Ruthless Sun tells a powerful, page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still.