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
Betty Jo Buro reviews
Susan Klaus's thriller Secretariat Reborn
, whose (human) hero makes some bad choices, but "wins us over because
he has both a conscience and a heart."
Ed Irvin reviews The Alligator Man
, James Sheehan's legal thriller which takes the reader to "the rural, one-stoplight towns that skirt Florida's everglades,
where allicators aren't the most dangerous predators lurking."
The title Dexter's Final Cut
refers to the Hollywood-comes-to-Miami, but is this also Dexter's
last case? Read Ed Irvin's review on our Florida Crime Writing page
Ed Irvin reviews
Randy Wayne White's second Hannah Smith novel Deceived
, and unravels its many layers of deception.
Read our review
and see why Ed Irvin calls J. Kent Messum's Bait
"a thrilling debut."
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
"Wascom has written an epic that refuses to release readers from its bloody grip," Jennifer Maritza
McCauley writes in her review
of Kent Wascom's Blood of Heaven
, set in early 19th century West Florida.
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."
to Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet 2013
Marci Calabretta reviewed Richard Blanco's
Looking for the Gulf Motel for FBR last fall, writing,"...the fire sparked by the friction of so many
identities has not found an answer in either the past or present Florida, but neither can it be extinguished." Read
the review on our Poetry page.
Dennis Lehane, winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Novel and Florida Book Award Gold Medal for General Fiction for Live
Ed Irvin reviews Live By Night, which depicts rum-running in Tampa
during Prohibition, on our Fiction page.
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
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.
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
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.
Daria Snadowsky's Anatomy of a Single Girl
takes teen readers to Fort Myers for a summer of "drama,
love, and a little growing up," says our reviewer Ashley M. Jones. Read her review on our Young Adult page.
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
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."
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.
HIgh speed boat
chases, stakeouts, "monkey fishing" and other dangerous and funny adventures
fill Bob H. Lee's memoir of his year's pursuing Florida
game poachers in Backcountry Lawman. Read Ed Irvin's 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.
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.