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The Essential Florida Bookshelf

The Essential Florida Bookshelf is a compilation of the books that have helped us discover our remarkable state. These are the books that—whether transplant or native, exile or refuge—have been instrumental in our exploration of exciting destinations and hidden wonders. Through them, we have met and walked alongside fascinating people and experienced momentous, joyous, frightening, climactic epochs in our state’s history. Within their pages, we have found comfort, amazement, and insights.

These are the dog-eared books we loan to our friends. The well-worn books we visit at our libraries. The books recommended by our local bookseller. These are the books we discuss at the dinner table or over drinks. The books we can’t put down and the books we read again and again and again.

We acknowledge that there are many of these great books by many admirable publishers. On this page, we’d like to offer a special Essential Florida discount to those books published by the University Press of Florida. Tell us which UPF book has helped you discover Florida, and we’ll add it to the Essential Florida Bookshelf. Cast your vote via Facebook or Twitter.

Order online via our secure shopping cart or call 800-226-3822. Use code efb14 to receive discount prices.




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Please note that while you may order forthcoming books at any time, they will not be available for shipment until shortly before publication date


Alligators in B-Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida
Jeff Klinkenberg
Pubdate: 4/16/2013

Travel the back roads of Florida with the state's favorite columnist
Cloth: $24.95
$20.00
Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner
Daniel L. Schafer
Pubdate: 9/5/2010

Paper: $19.95
$16.00
Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden
Bob H. Lee
Pubdate: 3/31/2015

Chasing wildlife rustlers in alligator country
Cloth: $24.95
$20.00
Paper: $19.95
Cracker: Cracker Culture in Florida History
Dana Ste. Claire
Pubdate: 6/30/2006

Paper: $19.95
$16.00
Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida's Magical Waters
Rick Kilby
Pubdate: 5/14/2013

The myth that defines the state
Paper: $14.95
$12.00
Florida Cow Hunter: The Life and Times of Bone Mizell
Jim Bob Tinsley

Paper: $16.95
$13.00
Florida's Indians from Ancient Times to the Present
Jerald T. Milanich
Pubdate: 9/30/1998

Illustrated history of Native Americans in Florida
Cloth: $45.00
Paper: $19.95
$15.00
Florida's Megatrends, Second Edition: Critical Issues in Florida
David Colburn and Lance deHaven-Smith
Pubdate: 10/3/2010

Paper: $22.50
$18.00
The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters
Gary Monroe
Pubdate: 10/31/2001

The story of a group of African American landscape painters active in the '50s and '60s who are only now coming to be recognized for their distinctive vision and craft. Monroe's account includes reproductions of 63 of the Highwaymen paintings.
Cloth: $34.95
$28.00
The History of Florida
Edited by Michael Gannon
Pubdate: 10/29/2013

Cloth: $34.95
$28.00
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