Suggested Reading List
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
Author: Flannery O'Connor
Description: One of the very best voices in the American short story, O'Connor's darkly comic vision of life in the countryside surrounding Savannah is both richly colored and at times deeply unsettling.
A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf
Author: John Muir
Description: This slim book is the diary of 28-year-old Muir. It is the record of a botanical expedition along the eastern seaboard south to Florida -- and a good introduction to this popular writer. It includes a long chapter on the swamps and forests of Florida.
Alligators in B-Flat, Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida
Author: Jeff Klinkenberg
Description: Staff writer for Tampa Bay Times, Klinkenberg captures the old Florida of swamp, forest and alligator from Pensacola to Key West in this quirky, often hilarious collection of his favorite columns for the paper.
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Description: Greed is always more than garden variety in Hiassen's entertainingly elaborated version of Florida.
Diving Guide to Underwater Florida
Author: Ned Deloach
Description: A guide to dive sites around Florida, with information on the Keys and their underwater treasures.
Eyewitness Guide Florida
Author: Deni Brown
Description: This superb guide to Florida features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the area's attractions.
Author: T. D. Allman
Description: Allman takes particular glee in debunking the myths surrounding the invaders, entrepreneurs and imperialists who have made their mark in Florida, from Ponce de Leon, to Henry Flagler, to Walt Disney and various politicians in this lively portrait of the state and all its contradictions.
Description: This regional map covers not just Florida but also the coast south from South Carolina.
Florida, Travellers' Wildlife Guide
Author: Fiona Sunquist, Mel Sunquist, Les Beletsky (Editor)
Description: This compact, comprehensive guide features color illustrations of common birds, mammals, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
Georgia's Land of the Golden Isles
Author: Burnette Vanstory, Eugenia Price
Description: First published in 1956, this is a rich portrait of the sea islands off of Georgia's coast. Each island gets its own chapter, detailing its history, with information on the native peoples, early settlements and slave plantations.
Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams
Author: Gary R. Mormino
Description: From the capital, Tallahassee -- a day's walk from the Georgia border -- to Miami -- a city distant but tantalizingly close to Cuba and Haiti, Mormino traces Florida's transformation from its echoes of old Dixie through land booms and tourist empires to revolutions in agriculture, immigration and changing demographics.
Miami, City of the Future
Author: T. D. Allman
Description: The 25th edition of Allman's classic guide to the city captures Miami in all its multi-faceted splendor, mixing colorful anecdote, personality and history.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Author: John Berendt
Description: Part affectionate portrait of Savannah society, part murder mystery, Berendt’s classic account of his stay in the decayed splendor of the southern coastal city is one of those rare instances when a great writer finds himself caught at the center of a real-life crime story.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida
Author: Peter Alden, Gil Nelson, Rick Cech
Description: A pocket-size field guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of Florida.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States
Author: Peter Alden (Editor)
Description: A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast states from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area.
Author: John McPhee
Description: McPhee has managed to write a short but fascinating book on (of all things) oranges.
Palm Beach Entertaining, Creating Occasions to Remember
Author: Annie Falk
Description: With 225 artful photographs by Jerry Rabinowitz, Annie Falk's celebration of charity events, eleaborate outdoor affairs and intimate dinners captures the casual elegance, and occasional extravagance, of Palm Beach. With recipes -- and a peak into the homes of noteworthy residents. Proceeds from the book benefit the Children’s Home Society.
Author: Peter Matthiessen
Description: Matthiessen returns to his tale of Florida sugarcane farmer and murderer Edgar J. Watson in this National Book Award winner, a reprise of his classic trilogy: Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River and Bone by Bone.
The Everglades, River of Grass
Author: Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Description: The 60th anniversary edition of Douglas' wonderful, prophetic book, instrumental in establishing Everglades National Park.
The Gilded Age, A History in Documents
Author: Janette Greenwood (Editor)
Description: Blending her own information with a range of documents from the post-Civil War period, Greenwood creates a vivid history of the Gilded Age. Materials range from Andrew Carnegie's memories to interviews with black "Exodusters" to magazine editorials on the place of middle class women.
The Immigrant World of Ybor City
Author: Gary R. Mormino
Description: This classic makes available once again the wonderful story of the vibrant community of Italians, Spaniards and Cubans that grew up around the cigar industry in Tampa, Florida, at the dawn of the twentieth century.
The National Trust Guide to Savannah
Author: Roulhac Toledano
Description: A guide to the architectural culture and history of Old Savannah. With 200 archival photographs and maps, it includes chapters on historic preservation, famous visitors and a comprehensive tour of architectural styles.
The Routledge Historical Atlas of the American South
Author: Andrew K. Frank
Description: Frank traces the history of the south from the first European settlers and resultant Native American migrations, the Civil War, Reconstruction, bus boycotts, the contemporary fight against poverty and crime and more in maps and accompanying essays.
The Spanish Frontier in North America
Author: David Weber
Description: Here's the definitive history of the Spanish colonial period in America, from the settlement of St. Augustine in Florida to the missions of New Mexico.