These Five Summer Reads are an Ode to Florida

From society scandals to history stranger than fiction, these new Florida-related titles belong in your beach bag.

Bubble in the Sun by Christopher Knowlton

This nonfiction narrative examines how the wealth and excess of Florida’s 1920s land boom, concentrated in South Florida, brought on the Great Depression.


Naked Came the Florida Man: A Novel by Tim Dorsey
You’ll laugh out loud at the antics of Serge A. Storms and his stoner sidekick, Coleman, on their cemetery-themed road trip from Key West to Lake Okeechobee.


The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

The latest installment of historical fiction about a Cuban sugar baron family who fled to Palm Beach during the Revolution is set along the Overseas Railroad as the Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 barrels toward the Keys.


Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago, and the Rise of America’s Xanadu by Les Standiford

Part biography, part travel writing, the newest nonfiction from a prestigious Florida historian examines Henry Flagler’s transformation of Palm Beach from wild jungle to chic sanctum.


A Palm Beach Wife by Susannah Marren

Steeped in gossip, glamour, and galas, this addictive novel features an upper-crust woman whose husband loses their fortune overnight.

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