by The Editors | February 24, 2016

Plume: 7 Must-Reads for Every Floridian

A sunshine state star and world-class writer stocks your nightstand


Steve Berry, best-selling author, travels the world researching his next big book idea and plotting intricate storylines while at the same time fighting to save historic buildings and mentoring aspiring authors through his writers’ workshops. So perhaps the biggest shock for fans of this writer of thrillers (and St. Augustine resident) is that he still finds time to read for fun.
Below, is his annotated best-of list of iconic Florida books:

Steve Berry

Steve Berry

  1. Finding Florida: The True History
    of the Sunshine State
    by T.D. Allman
    “An excellent overview of the state’s
    fascinating history.”
    (Grove Press, 2014)
  2. Florida Roadkill
    by Tim Dorsey
    “Welcome to Tim Dorsey’s version
    of Florida. It ain’t pretty.”
    (Morrow, 1999)
  3. Condominium:
    A Novel
    by John D. MacDonald
    “Tells the sordid story of
    how paradise disappears.”
    (Random House, 1977)
  4. Naked in Garden Hills
    by Harry Crews
    “An irreverent look
    at the downside
    of progress, told by
    a man who loved
    the state.” (Morrow, 1969)
  5.  The Yearling
    by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
    “Written for young adults, but
    all ages can love it. A Pulitzer
    Prize winner.”
    (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1938)
  6. Stormy Weather 
    by Carl Hiaasen
    “What’s Florida without a
    hurricane? This hilarious novel
    takes it all on, front and center.”
    (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995)
  7. Henry Flagler: The Astonishing
    Life and Times of the Visionary
    Robber Barron Who Founded
    by David Leon Chandler
    “The title says it all.”
    (Macmillan, 1986)

Where does Berry curl up with a good book?

He says, “I actually read in bed, at night, right before I go to sleep. It’s an old habit that’s hard to break.”

Books photographed by Tracey Williams