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The second Tuesday of the month at 8:45am

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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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”.

The Whistler

Jun 13, 2017

John Grisham’s name should need no introduction. Though he dreamed of being a professional baseball player, he became a lawyer in Mississippi where he must have seen and heard enough to last a lifetime. With 29 New York Times bestsellers under his belt, he is the “go-to” chronicler of legal thrillers. “The Whistler” is the first of Grisham’s novels to be set in Florida. 

Cathy Salustri is the Arts and Entertainment editor of the website Creative Loafing Tampa. She was working on a master’s degree project in Florida Studies at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, when the whole thing got out of control. After logging almost 5000 miles of travel on Florida’s back roads, she turned her thesis into a delightful travelogue.