A Sampling of the Books We Carry

Arthur Ashe: A Life | By Raymond Arsenault

(Simon & Schuster | 784 pages | ISBN 9781439189047 | August 21, 2018 |Hardcover | $37.50)

The first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe–the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis–a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual.

“No modern athlete, with the exception of Muhammad Ali, has altered our cultural and political landscape as fully as Arthur Ashe. A child of the segregated South, he became a tennis superstar, a human rights champion, a model of courage and compassion for future generations. Now Arthur Ashe has found the perfect biographer in Raymond Arsenault, an extraordinary gifted writer with a deep understanding of the currents of modern American history, from the civil rights struggle to the commercialization of sports to the dreaded specter of HIV/AIDS that befell Ashe at a tragically young age. Rarely has the story of a life and its times been threaded together so elegantly. A marvelous read.”–David M. Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. One of the nation’s leading civil rights historians, he is the author of several acclaimed and prize-winning books, including Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice and The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America.

Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights | By Rob Sanders, Illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr

(Simon & Schuster | target age group: 4 to 8 | ISBN 9781534429437 | August 18, 2018 |Hardcover | $17.99)

Protesting. Standing up for what’s right. Uniting around the common good–kids have questions about all these things; things they see and hear about each day. Through sparse and lyrical writing, Rob Sanders introduces abstract concepts like “fighting for what you believe in” and turns them into something actionable. Jared Schorr’s bold, bright illustrations brings the resistance to life making it clear that one person can make a difference. And together, we can accomplish anything.

“Proudly progressive and unabashedly direct.” – Publishers Weekly

Rob Sanders is a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. Every day he goes to Mintz Elementary School in Brandon, Florida, to teach kids about books and words and reading and writing. Then he heads back home to write books for children. On weekends and holidays, you might find him hanging with his dog, Precious or spending time at the beach. Nothing makes his heart dance more than hearing boys and girls say, “Read it again!”

El Viaje de Kalak | By Maria Quintana Silva, Illustrated by Marie-Noëlle Hebert

(Cuento de Luz SL | target age group: 5 and up | ISBN 9788416733439  | September 1, 2018 | Hardcover | $16.95)

Kalak vive con su familia en la parte del mundo donde los nidos son viejos, los tejados están destruidos, el suelo está seco y nunca hay suficiente comida. Un día deciden abandonar todo y volar hacia otro lugar. El viaje de Kalak ayuda a los lectores a entender lo que significa dejar la casa y el país de uno con la esperanza de tener una vida nueva, haciéndolos pensar en su propia identidad y lo que les significaría mudarse a un lugar completamente diferente.


Kalak lives with his family in a part of the world where the nests are old, the roofs are all damaged, the earth is dry, and there is never enough food. One day, they decide to leave everything behind, and fly off to a new part of the world… Kalak’s Journey helps readers understand what it’s like to leave your home and country with the hope of a new life, encouraging them to think about their own identity and what it would feel like to move some place completely different.

María Quintana Silva was born in Madrid, Spain. After receiving a degree in Audiovisual Communications, she embarked on a voyage taking her to Argentina, Italy, and now Canada. She speaks four languages and enjoys writing stories that help improve the world.

Marie-Noëlle Hérbertis a Canadian illustrator who currently resides in Montreal. Largely self-taught, she obtained an AEC in Advertising Illustration at Salette College. She has also studied History of Art, scriptwriting and creative writing, and 3D imagery and CGI. Kalak’s Journey is her first picture book

When Rap Spoke Straight to God | By Dawson, Erica

(Tin House Books | 70 pages | 9781947793033 | September 18, 2018 | Paperback | $15.95)

A book-length poem navigating belief, black lives, the tragedies of Trump, and the boundaries of being a woman. A mix of traditional forms where sonnets mash up with sestinas morphing to heroic couplets, When Rap Spoke Straight to God insists that while you may recognize parts of the poem’s world, you can’t anticipate how it will evolve. With a literal exodus of light in the book’s final moments, When Rap Spoke Straight to God is a lament for and a celebration of blackness. It’s never depression; it’s defiance–a persistent resistance. In this book, like Wu-Tang says, the marginalized “ain’t nothing to f— with.”

Erica Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt, winner of the 2016 Poets’ Prize and Big-Eyed Afraid, winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize. She lives in Tampa, FL and is an Associate Professor at University of Tampa, where she also directs the low-residency MFA program.

Under My Skin | By Lisa Unger | ~ SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ~

(Park Row | 368 pages | 9780778308409 | October 02, 2018 | Hardcover | $26.99)

From New York Times bestselling author and master of suspense Lisa Unger comes an addictive psychological thriller about a woman on the hunt for her husband’s killer.

What if the nightmares are actually memories? It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack? The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts–there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?

Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and internationally bestselling author. Her novels have sold more than two million copies and have been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in Florida.

Florida Happens: Tales of Mystery, Mayhem, and Suspense from the Sunshine State | Editor Greg Herren


(Three Rooms Press | 284 pages | 9781941110744 | September 4, 2018 | Paperback | $15.99)

When it comes to Florida, no crime is too unusual and no criminal too peculiar to be impossible. Florida is the one state where fiction must catch up to the headlines, and the contributors to FLORIDA HAPPENS: Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Suspense from The Sunshine State do not hold back!


Edited by award-winning author/editor Greg Herren, with an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey, FLORIDA HAPPENS is a riveting anthology featuring some of the brightest stars of mystery writing. Published in conjunction with Bouchercon, the world’s biggest mystery convention, this new anthology offers stories from John D. MacDonald and Lawrence Block, Susanna Calkins, Alex Segura, Brendan DuBois, Hilary Davidson, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Craig Pittman, Holly West, Paul D. Marks, Greg Herren, Debra Lattanzi Shutika, Jack Bates, Barb Goffman, Angel Luis Colon, J. D. Allan, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Neil Plakcy, Michael Wiley, John M. Floyd, and Patricia Abbott.


A portion of the proceeds from the anthology will go to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children from birth to school age regardless of family income. A personal mission of Dolly Parton’s, the Imagination Library fosters literacy, a love of reading, and is meant to inspire children to succeed.

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Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found | By Gilbert King | ~ SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ~

(Riverhead Books | 432 pages | 9780399183386 | Signed by the Author| Hardcover | $28.00)

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Devil in the Grove, the gripping true story of a small town with a big secret. Beneath a Ruthless Sun tells a powerful, page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still.

“Compelling, insightful and important, Gilbert King exposes the corruption of racial bigotry and animus that shadows a community, a state and a nation. A fascinating examination of an injustice story all too familiar and still largely ignored, an engaging and essential read.” –Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

Gilbert King was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction for The Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, which was also a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine and The Marshall Project, King also writes about justice for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

Florida | By Lauren Groff | ~ SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ~
Florida | By Lauren Groff | ~ SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ~

Florida | By Lauren Groff | ~ SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ~

(Riverhead Books | 288 pages | 9781594634512 | Signed by the Author | Hardcover | $27.00)

In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. Florida is a “superlative” book (Boston Globe), “gorgeously weird and limber” (New Yorker), “frequently funny” (San Francisco Chronicle), “brooding, inventive and often moving” (NPR Fresh Air) — as Groff is recognized as “Florida’s unofficial poet laureate, as Joan Didion was for California.” (Washington Post)

In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild–a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those navigating this place are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character–a steely and conflicted wife and mother.

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida–its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind–becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury–the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.

Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She has won the PEN/O. Henry Award and been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, along with several Best American Short Stories anthologies, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.