Miami by Joan Didion
Published in 1987 and heralded a “Book of the Times” by TheNew York Times, Joan Didion’s Miami ($14, Simon & Schuster) explores the repercussions and rifts caused Miami’s mid-century Cuban influx. Didion famously portrays the dark and dangerous tales of our seaside city, covering Miami’s role in everything from the Bay of Pigs to the Reagan doctrine to Watergate.
The Last Train to Paradise: Centennial Edition by Les Standiford South Florida author Les Standiford re-released Last Train ($60, B&B Press) earlier this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railway. In it, Standiford accounts the intricate construction, soaring rise, and legendary demise of the railway’s Key West extension. The new edition features 150 new photographs selected by historians and museums from around the country, as well as a linen cloth cover, silver foil stamping, and hand-tipped map.