In Man in the Blue Moon, "Michael Morris weaves together fully fleshed-out characters, complicated
plots, and Biblical tragedy to transform a little town in Northern Florida into a place of epic drama," says Jennifer
Maritza McCauley. Read her review on our Fiction page.
Betty Jo Buro reviews
Laura Lee Smith's debut novel Heart of Palm
, the story of "tenacious and heartwarmingly crazy Bravo family"
in Utina, a Northeast Florida town "on the cusp of change."
Bob Morison reviews J.J. Colagrande's Decò
, "Voltaire's Candide
a romp through today's South Florida" on our Fiction page.
Betty Jo Buro reviews American Ghost
, in which Janis Owens takes the reader to Hendrix, a small
town haunted by "the hidden truths of the past." Read the review on our Fiction page.
Ed Irvin reviews Dave Barry's Insane City on our Fiction page.
Why did he have to read it twice before writing his review?
Sarah L. Mason reviews
Mary Jane Clark's Footprints in the Sand
, set in Sarasota, where preparations for a wedding rapidly turn sinister.
Ed Irvin reviews Jude Hardin's Snuff Tag 9
, "violent, teeming with foul language" and
compelling. Read the review here.
Ed Irvin reviews Christy Field's Murder Buys a T-shirt, which he finds "mysterious, often funny, and
occasionally a little spooky ," on our Crime page.
Ed Irvin reviews Muck City, Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town
, in which Bryan Mealer explores the stories behind the high concentration
of "raw football talent" in Belle Glade.
Frank Tota reconsiders Pat Frank's vision of post-apocalyptic Florida in his 1959 novel Alas, Babylon here
On Our Tales & Legends Page
Read Jamie May's review of Fearsome Florida Creatures here.
Our annual blog of Miami Book Fair International
On our Book Fair blog page you can read coverage of Miami Book Fair International 2012, including the Festival
of Authors and Street Fair in downtown Miami. This year FBR
worked in cooperation with the WLRN-Herald News Book Fair Coverage, and selected posts by our reporters appeared
on their website. See our Book Fair Blog page for more details.
Sarah L. Mason says that Everglades Patrol
Tom Shirley brings history to life, telling adventurous stories
of how he "wrangled alligators and tackled deer for their own good, hunted poachers and navigated the ugly world of politics"
in his years with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. Read the review here.
Julie Marie Wade reviews
Neil de la Flor's An Elephant's Memory of Blizzards
, in which the poems, resisting interpretation, instead "cut
words into a dandy, irreducible jigsaw of wonder and might."
Guillermo Cancio-Bello reviews
Jeff Newberry's first book, Brackish
, in which poetry becomes a process "of recollection and reclamation."
James Allen Hall reviews
Denise Duhamel's Blowout
, a "rare and fabulous blend of conversational talk and burnished lyricism" that
"marries heartbreak to humor."
Guillermo Cancio-Bello reviews
Lola Haskins' The Grace to Leave: "...these are not poem of escape; they are poems of engagement."
Cheers! Bob Morison reviews To Have and Have Another: a Hemingway Cocktail Companion
by Philip Greene.
Jan Becker reviews
Homegrown in Florida, in which
pieces about growing up in Florida combine into "a crazy quilt of an anthology." Read the review.
Julie Marie Wade reviews Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & FIberglass,
and reflect on how memoir "a hybrid genre" may include action-adventure novel
and traditional autobiography in its "vivid, swift-moving" voyage.
Read the review on our Nonfiction page.
The discovery of an unknown orchid leads
to crime in a "rarely seen scientific subculture that is equal parts fascinating and bizarre." Justin Bendell reviews Craig Pittman's The Scent
of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid. Read the review.
Jan Becker reviews Native Wildflowers and Other Groundcovers for Florida Landscapes
, a guide to
finding what's native in "a land of transplants" on our Environment page.
Louis K. Lowy checks out the rousing adventure for middle grade readers, Olivia Brophie and the Pearl
, by Christopher Tozier, on our Young Adult page.
Louis K. Lowy reviews the children's Florida history novel Kidnapped in
Key West here
James Elens revisits a region he loves, reviewing Brian Rucker's Treasures of the Panhandle: A Journey
through West Florida
. Read the review here.
As candidates in the Presidential primary crisscross Florida, James Elens reviews Red Pepper and Curious
, the story of a 1950 campaign that still reverberates today, on our Florida Politics page
Congratulations to FBR's Editor, Lynne Barrett!
Lynne Barrett's story collection, Magpies, has won a gold medal in the Florida Book Awards. Read more about it on our blog page.