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Special Feature: Kerouac's Orlanda Blues
Of Jack Kerouac's two periods living in Florida, "the first stint, in Orlando, stretching between 1957-58, was incredibly productive though relatively unknown," writes Ariel Francisco, who finds clues in Orlanda Blues, a section of Kerouac's Book of Blues. Read our feature here.
Left: The cottage in Orlando where Kerouac and his mother rented rooms in the back. Today the restored house is the site of The Kerouac Project, which runs writers' residencies and other programs in Central Florida.
New Florida Nonfiction
New Florida Crime Fiction
Classic Florida Crime
Florida Classic Science Fiction: Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys
Post-Apocalyptic Florida, Fifties Style
Classic Florida Memoir
Moving to Miami: Classic YA
From the Seventies: Schemers and a Geriatric Sleuth, a Classic Florida Read
Dina Weinstein takes a look at Robert Kimmel Smith's 1976 novel, Sadie Shapiro in Miami, and finds those Florida crime staples, comically wacky building schemes and swindlers, but the book's real strength is its "timelessly funny and refreshing protagonist," Sadie Shapiro, "an unlikely geriatric celebrity." Read this Florida Book Review Reconsideration our Florida Crime Writing page.
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"Beautifully illustrated and fun-filled, Gator Dad tells the story of a stay-at-home dad with three young children," writes our reviewer, Jaimie Eubanks of this just-published book from stay-at-home dad and award- winning author and illustrator Brian Lies. Read the review.
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Classic Florida Reads:
A Land Remembered: A Reconsideration
Patrick D. Smith's novel A Land Remembered has become a beloved classic, taught in Florida schools. After reading it for the first time, Pamela Akins says, "every newcomer to the Sunshine State should read this 1984 action-packed saga of the taming of the Florida frontier. It not only offers a glimpse of what has come before, but what we are fast losing." Read more on our Classic Florida Reads page.
Classic Florida Memoir
Florida Art & Architecture
Pam Akins asks, "If a picture is worth a thousand words, what does one say about 100-plus photos from a time and place of bygone beauty and primordial mystery?" Enchantments, edited by Jerald T Milanich and Nina J. Root, showcases photographs taken by "Julian Dimock and A. W. Dimock, when they sailed and paddled through the waterway wilderness of Southwest Florida and the Everglades during the first decade of the 20th century."
You can read Akins' review of this coffee-table book that illuminates Florida's history and environment, on our Art & Architecture page.