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Coming to Miami:
 A Social History

By Melanie Shell-Weiss (Author) 

"Miami deserves a total urban history, and Melanie Shell-Weiss is clearly the scholar the city has been waiting for. Coming to Miami is, by far, the best book ever written on the social history of Miami, still a very poorly understood and under-researched major metropolis."--Alex Lichtenstein, Rice University

"Bringing together the stories of Jewish immigrant pioneers, African American migrants, Bahamian immigrants, Cuban refugees, Haitian immigrants, and others, Shell-Weiss has given us not only a glimpse of Miami's past, but also of America's future."--Elizabeth Clifford, Towson University

Miami is the fifth largest urban area in the United States, yet it is a city barely one hundred years old. Originally a small southern town, its population and character have been transformed by successive waves of immigrants.

Beginning with the West Indian and Jewish populations who arrived shortly after the city's founding through the Bahamian, Cuban, Haitian, and other Latino groups who immigrated en masse in the second half of the century, Melanie Shell-Weiss skillfully interweaves the experiences of Miami's diverse communities into a compelling whole. She not only examines issues of gender, race, and cultural identity but also pays close attention to labor, economics, and working-class organization and activism, all of which played a role in shaping and reshaping the city into America's premier polyglot.

From pineapple groves to Cuban exiles to South Beach nightclubs, this impeccably researched and lucidly written book reveals much about the Magic City's multicultural diversity.

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Down to the Waterline

Boundaries, Nature, and the Law in Florida
by Sara Warner (Author)

Do our rights end—or begin—at the water's edge?

In most states the boundary separating public waters from private uplands-the ordinary high water line (OHWL)-is a flashpoint between proponents of either property rights or public-trust protection of our water. Using Florida as a case study, Down to the Waterline is the first book-length analysis of the OHWL doctrine and its legal, technical, and cultural underpinnings. Sara Warner not only covers the historical function of the OHWL but tells how advances in science and our environmental attitudes have led us to a more complex encounter with this ancient boundary.

Florida sees a steady influx of new residents who crowd along its extensive coasts and interior shorelines-yet who also demand pristine water resources. The OHWL establishes public access and private ownership limits on some of the state's most valuable land: in economic terms, waterfront real estate; in ecological terms, marshes and wetlands. Sara Warner brings to life many of the courtroom battles fought over the OHWL through the perspectives of ranchers, outdoors enthusiasts, developers, surveyors, scientists, and policymakers.

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Ecosystems of Florida

by Ronald L. Myers (Author), John J. Ewel (Editor)

In this first comprehensive guide to the state’s natural resources in sixty years, thirty top scholars describe the character, relationships, and importance of Florida’s ecosystems, the organisms that inhabit them, the forces that maintain them, and the agents that threaten them. From pine flatwoods to coral reef, Ecosystems of Florida provides a detailed, comprehensive, authoritative account of the peninsular state’s complex, fragile environments.

In straightforward text, charts, maps, and illustrations, Ecosystems of Florida offers broad vision and detailed expertise to naturalists, wildlife managers, land use planners, foresters, and other professional and general readers interested in Florida’s environmental resources. For the foreseeable future, it will serve as the authoritative guide to the state’s environment and to those who would work with it.

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Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants

200 Readily Available Species for Homeowners and Professionals

"This beautifully illustrated book is loaded with practical information that professionals and homeowners will find very useful."—Jeffrey G. Norcini, University of Florida

"Gil Nelson's book provides a very good selective overview of native plants readily available in the nursery trade that can be used in landscaping and the best ways to utilize them."—Richard P. Wunderlin, author of Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida and Flora of Florida, Volume 1



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Florida Bird Songs

by Donald J Borror, Maurice L Giltz

A cassette edition of the songs and calls of 59 birds commonly occurring in Florida, arranged by principal habitat from shores and salt marshes to pinelands and prairies. With 64pp. book describing and illustrating each bird and presenting 81 sonograms of songs and calls. 59 illustrations.


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Florida's Paved Bike Trails


Florida’s Paved Bike Trails offers the most comprehensive guide available to more than 40 paved bicycle trails stretching from Pensacola Beach to the Florida Keys, with information on projects in progress or in the planning stages.
Location maps and a geographical and historical description of each trail are included, as well as access listings of trailside facilities and parking and information on basic bicycle safety and bicycle shops. And, unlike other bicycling books, this guide also provides information about parks, beaches, lakes, recreational areas, wildlife refuges, historic sites, and museums along the trails or in close proximity to them.


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Florida Weather
by Morton Winsburg

"Weather is a collection of dynamic natural processes and we can explain its characteristics better today than even a decade ago. In this second edition of his popular account of Florida weather, Morton Winsberg provides the latest information on the state's atmospheric phenomena. His expanded coverage includes the El Nino Southern Oscillation; weather extremes and long-term climate change; the rise of urban heat islands; global climatic change and its possible impact on Florida; and an analysis of Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive weather event in the history of the United States." Winsberg explains the forces that control Florida's weather and climate: latitude, altitude, land and water distribution, ocean currents, prevailing winds, storms, and pressure systems. He organizes the book around seasons and reports seasonal variations throughout the state, with generous maps, photographs, diagrams, and charts. He also offers advice on dealing with the weather hazards associated with each season, such as lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, and freezes. A weather planner for outdoor activities gives probable temperatures and rain chance throughout the year for a range of geographic locations in Florida.


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Florida Wildlife Viewing Guide
by Susan Cerulean and Ann Morrow

From the dazzling beaches of Canaveral National Seashore to the subtropical sawgrass prairies of world-famous Everglades National Park, the Florida Wildlife Viewing Guide will lead you to 96 premier wildlife viewing areas and will better your chances of seeing wildlife once you get there. Included are detailed descriptions of each viewing site and its wildlife, maps, and access information, helpful viewing tips, and more than eighty color photographs featuring the incredibly diverse wildlife and natural areas of the Sunshine State.


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Florida's Working-Class Past:
Current Perspectives on Labor, Race, and Gender from Spanish Florida to the New Immigration
Edited by Prof. Robert Cassanello (Editor), Melanie Shell-Weiss (Editor)

"Not only a fine collection on Florida itself, but also a model of what edited state histories of labor might look like in the future. It is as multiracial (also moving well beyond black and white) and almost as gendered as the experiences of workers themselves. It refuses to separate the histories of slavery and of free labor. Finally it is at times impressively interdisciplinary without any lapses into disciplinary jargon."--David R. Roediger, University of Illinois
Florida provides a unique opportunity to explore the history of working men and women within a constantly changing environment. Stretching from the Spanish colonial period through the recent organizing efforts of service and agricultural workers, this collection showcases a broad spectrum of working experiences in a region that has been sorely neglected in many labor histories.
The essays in Florida's Working-Class Past pay special attention to gender, race, ethnicity, migration, and social networks. Under the guidance of editors Robert Cassanello and Melanie Shell-Weiss, the contributors offer fresh analyses of labor activism, re-contextualize Indian tribute and slavery within the context of labor history, and examine major themes in labor and working-class history in one place over several centuries.


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Fossiling in Florida

A Guide for Diggers and Divers
by OLIN MARK RENZ (Author)

County Edition (Macclenny)
[This] guide...will fill you in on what animals lived here before man stepped foot in Florida--and after.

County Edition (Macclenny)
A friendly read.

Indian Artifact Magazine
If you like fossils, even a little bit, YOU SHOULD HAVE THIS BOOK!

Outdoor Adventure
This very readable book will make a dull subject anything but dull.

Hendry-Glades Sunday News
Renz's book is scientifically accurate, and so much more.

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Frogs and Toads of the Southeast

by Mike Dorcas and Whit Gibbons (Author)

[An] exquisite book...on the herpetofauna of the southeastern United States.... [H]igh-quality, clearly written, with an attractive layout.... [H]as solid introductory information, detailed species descriptions, excellent range maps and color photographs, line drawings showing defining features, and a strong conservation message. There is an explanation as to how to use the species accounts which will be of value to the lay reader. --Herpetological Review, Fall 2008


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Guide to Sea Kayaking in Southern Florida

The Best Day Trips and Tours from St. Petersburg  to the Florida Keys
by Nigel Foster

Let world-renowned sea kayaker Nigel Foster guide you through one of his favorite kayaking haens. In Guide to Sea Kayaking In Southern Florida, he leads kayakers of all skill levels on 40 trips, with many additional route alternatives, in some of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich marine habitats on the planet.

Designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced kayakers, this guide gives detailed descriptions of the routes, including prominent landmarks and interesting sites along the way. Detailed maps as well as overviews of Southern Florida’s weather, tide, and current patterns add to the thorough coverage of paddling this particular coastline.  



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National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida
by National Audubon Society (Corporate Author), Peter Alden (Author), Rick Cech (Author)

From the Inside Flap
Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida belongs in the home of every Florida resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor. This compact volume contains:

An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more;

A complete overview of Florida's natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns and night sky;

An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, beaches, forests, islands, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50 sites and notes on dozens of others.

The guide is packed with visual information -- the 1,500 full-color images include more than 1,300 photographs, 14 maps, and 16 night-sky charts, as well as 150 drawings explaining everything from geological processes to the basic features of different plants and animals.

For everyone who lives or spends time in Florida, there can be no finer guide to the area's natural surroundings than the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida.

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Native Florida Plants, Revised Edition

Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening
by Robert G. Haehle (Author)

Many counties in Florida now require that new commercial landscapes contain a percentage of native plants. Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora---from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens---in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion
by Larry Perez (Author)

A plague is spreading throughout the Florida Everglades. Nonnative Burmese pythons--one of the largest snakes on the planet--are now known to be reproducing freely in the shallow waters of the famed River of Grass. Over the past decade, thousands of pythons have made themselves at home across the landscape. And though scientists work feverishly to learn as much as possible about this unprecedented invader, methods of control remain elusive.
Many questions remain in the wake of this troubling discovery. How far north might the Burmese python venture from the Everglades wilderness? What might their presence mean for the countless birds and mammals--some of them endangered--with which south Florida has become synonymous? And does history seem poised to repeat itself as new, large reptiles are discovered to be thriving in the area's favorable climate? The story unfolding in the Florida Everglades provides new opportunities to revisit our understanding of wilderness and man's place within it.

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Snakes Of The Southeast (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book)
by Whit Gibbons (Author), Michael E. Dorcas (Author), J. Whitfield Gibbons (Author)

Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, GA February 6, 2005
"There aren't many places where you can find all 52 species of snakes known to inhabit the Southeast."

Weekly Reader August 2005
"Really fascinating."

Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, GA November 20, 2005
"An eye-catching new nature guidebook melding good descriptive writing, a dapper design and strikingly crisp photographs."

Wildlife Activist Summer 2005
"Each account is illustrated with excellent color photos, range maps and a wealth of facts."

Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society March 2006
"A treasure to anyone having an interest in becoming a herpetologist, and any child having an inclination for learning more."

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Stolen Water
Saving the Everglades from its Friends, Foes, and Florida
by W. Hodding Carter

When the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan went into effect during the Clinton administration, Florida's great grassy wilderness garnered a host of national attention -- and has since become a breeding ground for environmental dispute. What does it take to "save" a forest? How can it be preserved?

Enter W. Hodding Carter. For an Outside magazine feature he's agreed to paddle the ninety-nine-mile waterway in Everglades National Park to examine the landscape from all angles -- physical, political, cultural, and very personal -- and get to the rock-bottom heart of the story. Stolen Water is the outgrowth of Carter's journey.

Through investigative research, eyewitness accounts, and interviews with key players in the conservation controversy, Carter offers a rare portrait of a national treasure. Utterly important, and at times downright hilarious, Stolen Water is a classic American adventure tale, and an environmental parable for our time.


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Turtles of the Southeast ( Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book)

by Kurt Buhlmann (Author), Tracey Tuberville (Author), Whit Gibbons (Author)

[An] exquisite book...on the herpetofauna of the southeastern United States.... High-quality, clearly written, with an attractive layout.... Has solid introductory information, detailed species descriptions, excellent range maps and color photographs, line drawings showing defining features, and a strong conservation message. There is an explanation as to how to use the species accounts which will be of value to the lay reader. --Herpetological Review, Fall 2008


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