Locals' History & Fiction

Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider's History of the Florida-Alabama Coast Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780820345314
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - March 1st, 2013

The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera traces the development of the Florida-Alabama coast as a tourist destination from the late 1920s and early 1930s, when it was sparsely populated with "small fishing villages," through to the tragic and devastating BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.


Simply Seagrove Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781732247307
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Emerald Waters Press LLC - June 20th, 2018

Simply Seagrove tells the story of one family's discovery of a very special beach community and how Seagrove Beach became their second home. This informative but fun volume explores every facet of the Seagrove experience, reviewing the background of the area, the history that made it what it is today, and the things that make it unique.


$16.00
SKU: 9780692691410

About the Book:  Seagrove is a small beach town located in northwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Seagrove is also a state of mind. Postcards of Seagrove might best be described as a somewhat autographical, semi-fictitious history, but without a cohesive narrative. Hence, the notion that these are “postcards”. It is an attempt to capture the spirit of beach living, in and around Seagrove Beach in the “early days”, roughly the sixties, seventies, and eighties, but venturing into the near present. It is a combination of short vignettes, mostly two or three pages, describing bits of the lifestyle of a young man during this time period, and it tries to tiptoe between true history and the surrealistic thoughts of our young man, sometimes blurring the lines between fact and fiction. Although most of these postcards are settled in the warm, fuzzy decades of the past, some of them are only settled in the author’s mind, perhaps, also, warm and fuzzy.

About Garrett Horn:  The author is a person who has traveled a lot. As the son of an Air Force officer, Garrett was able to live in Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Germany by the time he was 10 years old. During that early period of his life, he was also able to visit Rome, Jerusalem, Cairo, Athens, Heidelberg, Paris, and Amsterdam. Most of his high school and college days were spent between Ft. Walton and Tallahassee in the Florida panhandle, but in reality, no matter where he lived, his heart was always in Seagrove. In 1983, while working as a journeyman carpenter, he had the privilege to join a small group of people, who were just beginning the construction of the town of Seaside. It was around this time that he began to write small descriptions of what he saw and felt, and as the years rolled on, these notebooks of paper gradually began to form the core of Postcards of Seagrove. Garrett continues his career in home building, being one of the many proud builders in this great community of craftsmen, dedicated to building some of the finest houses to be found anywhere. Somewhere, in the years that have transpired since those golden years, at the beginnings of Seaside, the author has assumed maturity, along with marriage, grown children, and even grandchildren. He still lives in Seagrove, with his wife, Nina, on the lakefront property that his father first discovered in 1959. Perhaps these changes, and his new outlook on life, will help create more postcards.

 


30-A Supper Club Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781937014001
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Camel Press - January 6th, 2012

County Road 30-A, a coastline road in the Florida panhandle, meanders parallel to the most beautiful beach in the world. It is here, sociologist, Harley McBride, unexpectedly finds a gold coin washed up on the beach. Her quest to identify it leads her into a murky world where her longtime friends and members of the 30-A Supper Club protect deep family secrets dating back to the Civil War.


Grayton Winds: A suspenseful family saga of love, betrayal and life's difficult compromises. Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780979467028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sage River Press - September 15th, 2011

When Mathew Coulter seeks refuge in a small Florida beach town to escape his ruthless family who control the liquor trade in 1920's Atlanta, he meets a ten-year-old blind girl, Melanee Dalton, who will lead him on a journey that may be the final salvation for her wayward mother and Mathew's own haunted soul.


$18.95
SKU: 9781503029880

“The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so are you…”

Those simple lines from the Beatles’ ballad, “Dear Prudence,” are easily recognizable by anyone who lived through the 1960s, as well as by the millions of people who continue to enjoy the Beatles’ music today.

But who was Prudence? Did she ever come out into the sunshine and greet the new day, as John Lennon beseeched her to do? What’s the real story behind the song?

Prudence Farrow Bruns, a daughter of the prominent Farrow family that includes sister and actress Mia Farrow, finally sets the story straight. Her memoir speaks to her three-month self-imposed meditative seclusion in India in 1968, while also carefully examining the universal experience of the 1960s youth movement.

Farrow honestly and unflinchingly explores how music, drugs, the Vietnam War, and eastern mysticism and philosophy changed millions of young people’s worldviews during one of America’s most tumultuous decades. She also touches on her own famous family’s heartaches and triumphs, even as she voices the experiences of an entire generation through a single iconic song.


How to read more

https://unsplash.com/@birminghammuseumstrust
( Birmingham Museums Trust’s Digital Image Resource shares thousands of images that span decades of Birminghams vibrant past)

How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

Indie Bestsellers

This feature require that you enable JavaScript in your browser.
 

Indie Next List

This feature require that you enable JavaScript in your browser.
Zircon - This is a contributing Drupal Theme
Design by WeebPal.