Florida Book Page

WGCU Book Reviewer Sally Bissell

Sally Bissell is a retired Lee County Librarian who also writes reviews for Library Journal.  Follow her blog or follow her on Twitter @sallyreads. Each month, she reviews books for WGCU. The reviews can be heard as part of WGCU's daily talk show, Gulf Coast Live, as well as here on the review website.

Sally Bissell c/o Richard Chin Quee
WGCU Public Media
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

The Cuban Affair

Mar 13, 2018

For forty years New York native Nelson DeMille has been thrilling readers with novels of murder and espionage, many informed by his years in the Army where he became a decorated officer. His wry sense of humor, coupled with his outsized book smarts (he hold three honorary doctorates) make him a sought after speaker and he held readers rapt at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival a few years ago. Our reviewer, Sally Bissell, weighs in on his latest.

Camino Island

Dec 20, 2017

In a slight departure from the standard John Grisham thriller, the ever-present courtroom halls are traded in for a (fictional) quiet island off the coast of Florida. The rest is Grisham through and through.

The Shark Club

Dec 5, 2017

New York Times best selling author Anne Kidd Taylor uses the familiar structure of the summer romance novel as a jumping off point to explore second chances, familial ties, and the choices women make, in her newest book, the shark club.

A Million Fragile Bones

Aug 22, 2017

Florida native, Connie May Fowler, is a prolific writer with six novels and two memoirs to her name. Oprah Winfrey adapted her book “Before Women Had Wings,” winner of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award, into a film. Fowler teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and also lives in Mexico where she founded the Yucatan Writing Conference. Sally Bissell reviews her latest release.

Best State Ever

Jul 11, 2017

Prolific author Dave Barry should need no introduction to Florida readers, but if you’re new to the Sunshine State you’re in for a treat. For more than 20 years Barry wrote a weekly column for the Miami Herald for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. He’s also written more than 25 books of humor dealing with aging, dating, marriage, and parenthood. Now he turns his jaundiced eye on Florida with “Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland”.