Jennifer Maritza McCauley reviews Cristina García’s latest novel, King of Cuba
, which "pits
the Castro-like character 'El Comandante' against Goyo, an elderly émigré living in Miami." Read her review on our Fiction page.
In her second novel, Susanna Daniel returns to Stiltsville, where she "unwinds a story of the consequences
of carelessness and the legacy of unintentional neglect," Pamela Akins says in her review of Sea Creatures on our Fiction page
Pamela Akins reviews John Dufresne's new novel, No Regrets, Coyote
, South Florida noir with "Clairvoyant
forensics, cosmic coincidences, quixotic characters." Read her review on our Fiction page
Ed Irvin on Murder With Ganache
, Lucy Burdette's fourth Key West Food Critic mystery, and how versimilitude
about family relationships helps a cozy. Read the review
"Serge is crueller—and funnier—than ever," Ed Irvin says of Tim Dorsey's vigilante serial killer
Serge A. Storms, back for another adventure in Tiger Shrimp Tango
. Read the review here.
Ed Irvin reviews Blood Tattoo
, Jude Hardin's fifth Nicolas Colt thriller. This time, "Nicholas Colt, guitar teacher, is just your average suburban
husband and father. Until a call interrupts Sunday breakfast and gets the ball rolling..."
Thorn is back facing an environmental threat, a son he didn't know he had, and the challenges of time. Is
he still as badass as ever? Read Ed Irvin's review
In Silent City
, Alex Segura "uses the dark corners and alleyways of Miami, untouched by the
neon of South Beach, to create a criminal's playground," Ed Irvin writes. Read his review here.
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
Reconsideration our Florida Crime Writing page
Our annual blog of Miami Book Fair International
Our FBR team blogged Miami Book Fair International,
including the Festival of Authors and Street Fair in downtown Miami. Our reports from the Fair
are posted on our 2013 Book Fair Blog page.
View from above of Miami Book Fair International 2013. (Photo: Jan Becker)
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.
Louis K. Lowy reviews the children's Florida history novel Kidnapped in
Key West here
Ed Irvin says
Carl Hiaasen's latest collection of columns, Dance of the Reptiles:
Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators,
Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches,
is "equal parts funny, sad, and enraging." Read the review on our Nonfiction page.
"Waddell has the reporter's eye for
odd detail (even among an abundance of oddity) and the reporter's knack for getting people with underground stories to tell
them anyway," says Bob Morison of Lynn Waddell's Fringe Florida: Travels among Mud Boggers, Furries, Ufologists, Nudists, and Other Lovers
of Unconventional Lifestyles. Read the review on our Nonfiction page.
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 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.
Guillermo Cancio-Bello says William Durbin's middle-grade novel El Lector,
set in 1930s Ybor City,
will appeal to any readers "who wish to lose themselves in a heroic tale." Read his review on our Young Adult page.
Louis K. Lowy reviews Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island
, and finds this second installment of Christopher
Tozier's middle grade series is "an even more rousing adventure." Read his review on our Young Adult page.
Ashley M. Jones says that Ten Tiny Breaths
by K.A. Tucker takes the reader on a "fiery, emotional
ride." Read more on our Young Adult page.
Moving to Miami: Classic YA
Irving and Me, published in 1967, was written by New Yorker cartoonist and popular writer for young
people Syd Hoff. 1977 marked the debut of Judy Blume's Starring Sally Friedman as Herself. Both
authors were themselves transplants to Florida, and their books tell the stories of young people uprooted to Miami.
Paul Christiansen reviews
the recent awards issue of The Southeast Review
. Writers, check out
our listings of Florida presses and literary journals.
Guillermo Cancio-Bello finds that Jen Karetnick's Landscaping for Wildlife
puts Florida's "wildness
into form." Read his review here
"Every image and poem in Kirby's most recent collection is joined together and strengthened by the
narrator's own delightful train of thought..." Marci Calabretta reviews
David Kirby's The Biscuit Joint
"Weight of loss, of love, of regret, weight of sadness, of faith, of doubt, unbearable weight of existence
and death; Michael Cleary’s poems each lug a piece of the load of living." Read Guillermo
of Bearable Weight
Julie Marie Wade reviews
Stephen S. Mills' He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices
, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Poetry,
and finds in it "the peculiar, the unextected, the contemporary poet in a necessary conversation with the ever-present
Dawn S. Davis reviews The Reluctant Republican
, a memoir about what happens to "an idealistic,
yet reasonable person who finds herself immersed in the smarmy, sleight of hand world of politics,"on our Florida Politics page
Bob Morison reviews Walkin' Lawton
, the story of the little-known politician who walked the length
of the state and became Senator and Governor, on our Florida Politics page
D.S. Davies "Until recently . . . believed there were more obstacles than opportunities in Florida
vegetable gardening." She reviews Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida on our Environment page.
In Finding the Fountain of Youth
, Rick Kilby compiles his finds "from historical facts about the
state's development, to vintage brochures, postcards, and archival photographs of 'tourist traps,'" to document how Florida's
allure was built on the myth of rejuvenation. Read Marci Calabretta's review here.
Reading Robert S. Carr's Digging Miami
, Jan Becker says she became aware of "how vulnerable the relics
of the past are to modernity's machinery" and how we "walk on ground that has been tread on for more than ten thousand
years." Read her review here.
On our Florida Travel Page
For those exploring Florida or armchair traveling, Marci Calabretta reviews Forts of Florida: A Guidebook
on our Travel Page
Lynne Barrett reviews Finding Home, A Memoir of A Mother's Undying Love and An Untold Secret
, the story of the too-short life
and possibly sports-related death of All-American pitcher Ramiro "Toti" Mendez.
Cheers! Bob Morison reviews To Have and Have Another: a Hemingway Cocktail Companion
by Philip Greene.
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.