ALL ABOUT FLORIDA:
Here are some new releases from Pineapple Press, a Sarasota-based publishing house for all books Floridian: Florida's Finest Inns and Bed & Breakfasts by Bruce Hunt ($14.95), Florida Lighthouse Trail edited by Thomas W. Taylor ($12.95), Fishing Adventures in Florida: Sport Fishing with Light Tackle by Max Hunn ($12.95), Haunting Sunshine: Ghostly Tales from Florida's Shadows by Jack Powell, ($10.95) and Oldest Ghosts: St. Augustine's Haunts by Karen Harvey ($7.95). They are available at most local book stores or can be ordered directly from Pineapple Press toll-free at 1-800-746-3275 or www.pineapplepress.com.
But they haven't cornered the Florida market completely. University of Florida Press also publishes loads of informational books about the Sunshine State, most recently Florida's Paved Bike Trails, by Orlando Sentinel reporter Jeff Kunerth and his wife, Gretchen Kunerth ($14.95). This guide will come in handy for bikers, skateboarders, rollerbladers, joggers and equestrians who want to travel beyond the Pinellas Trail. If you can't find this one on the book store shelves, call the University of Florida Press at 1-800-226-3822.
A METAPHYSICAL MYSTERY:
Everything was fine for Harry and Leana Warren until their stop in the small, spiritualist town of Cassadaga, Florida. Shortly after an alarming (and alarmingly accurate) psychic reading there, Leana disappears and Harry's life rapidly becomes one of mystery and suspense. Virgil Allen Wulff of Tampa spins a tale of true love, action and intrigue in his novel with the same name as the psychic center, Cassadaga. It can be ordered for $9 from local book stores or from AmErica House Book Publishers at 1-877-333-7422 or www.publishamerica.com/ bookstore.htm.
LOSE IT WITH LAUGHTER:
From "discovery to removal to survival," The Men's Club: How to Lose Your Prostate Without Losing Your Sense of Humor (Pathfinder Publishing, $12.95) chronicles one man's experience with prostate cancer. But what's more, the author and cancer survivor, Bert Gottlieb of Treasure Island, drafted the help of his doctor, Tampa's Thomas J. Mawn, M.D. From what to expect to what to do, the dual perspective and Gottlieb's indestructible sense of humor make The Men's Club a great read for any man facing this frightening disease. Order it from Barnes & Noble or Borders, or purchase it online at Amazon.com or bn.com.
TO LAUGH AND BE INSPIRED:
St. Petersburg's Father Donald Kanabay examines the post-Vatican II church with razor-sharp wit in Bitter Pills: A Blue Catechism for Adults. Sometimes serious, sometimes satirical, this collection of poems induces more than a few chuckles. Bitter Pills is $9.95 at www.buybooksontheweb.com.
Find your inspiration in To Life!, by Dr. Robert A. Norman of Tampa. A collection of stories and quotes (from all kinds of sources, from Confucius to Michael Jordan), To Life! has something encouraging for everyone. It's available for $10 on Amazon.com.
Samantha Puckett is a Times staffer.