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WGCU Book Reviewer Sally Bissell

Book reviews return in February with Sally Bissell. She's a retired Lee County Librarian who also writes reviews for Library Journal.  Follow her blog or follow her on Twitter @sallyreads. 

We review books about stories that take place in Florida.

Submission Guidelines: If you would like your book reviewed, here are some guidelines to keep in mind. The book must be based in Florida. It must be a Florida story.  It does not have to be a new release but it should have literary merit. We are not accepting self-published or self-help books at this time.

If your book meets these requirements, please provide us with a review copy.

Sally Bissell c/o Amy Tardif
WGCU Public Media
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

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Life Without A Recipe

Jan 10, 2017

Born in New York to an Irish Catholic mother and a Jordanian-Muslim father, Diana Abu-Jaber teaches writing in Portland, Oregon but makes her home in Miami. Her fiction, “Crescent,” and “Birds of Paradise,” has been honored by NPR, The Washington Post, and the PEN Center for Literary Fiction. She mined her family’s culturally mixed messages in her first memoir, “the Language of Baklava,” and continues the saga in her latest book, “Life Without a Recipe.” 

Cold Florida

Dec 13, 2016

Phillip DePoy is a prolific novelist, poet, and playwright. He was nominated for a Shamus Award for a book in his popular Flap Tucker series, and received the prestigious Edgar Award for a 2002 mystery play titled “Easy.” Though he is based in Atlanta, Georgia, he has just released “Cold Florida,” first in a new series set in a fictional town somewhere near Tampa. Our reviewer, Sally Bissell, takes a look.

Susan Adger’s forbears came to Florida in the late 1800’s and have now been here for five generations. True Florida crackers, Susan’s family loved to tell stories about their adventurous ancestors. It’s the memories of these tales that formed the basis of this collection of linked short stories that shed a light on the not so simple life of early Floridians, reviewed today by Sally Bissell. 

A Falling Star

Sep 13, 2016

Chantel Acevedo is a poet and novelist whose books speak eloquently about the Cuban-American experience. An Associate Professor of English in the MFA program at the University of Miami, she has been honored with the Latino International Book Award. “A Falling Star,” reviewed today by Sally Bissell, was awarded the 2012 Doris Bakwin Award for writing by a woman.

The Wrong Road Home

Aug 9, 2016

Palm Beach area author Ian O’Connor, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, has three Justin Scott thrillers under his belt. But it’s his recently published novel, “The Wrong Road Home,” based on a true story that was uncovered by the Miami Herald two decades ago, that’s caught the interest of our reviewer, Sally Bissell.