PANAMA CITY — Looking for a unique present for the book-lover or history buff on your list, then look no further.
The Bay County Library’s Local History room, for instance, offers three recent historical collections for sale: “The Heritage of Bay County” (volumes 1 and 2) for $27 each; “Celebrating Bay’s Beginnings” for $40; and “History of Lynn Haven” for $30. The Local History Room is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 522-2132 for more information.
(“Celebrating Bay’s Beginnings,” a pictorial retrospective of the county’s history from 1900 to the 2000s, also is for sale at the front reception desk of The News Herald, 501 W. 11th St., for $42.95.)
In addition, the library’s Local History Room has several related items for sale, including Bay Line Depot cards for 50 cents each (three for $1), and Lighthouse book marks featuring artwork of dozens of lighthouses along the Florida coast ($3 each).
Marlene Womack is walking storehouse of the local history, and her books are treasures. They include “Centennial Stories,” “The Magic of Cape San Blas” and “Anchor of the Bay.” Each is $29.95 and can be ordered through MarleneWomack.com.
Jeannie Weller Cooper’s “Panama City Beach: Tales from the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” is part of the American Chronicles, a History Press series; her title “The Cove: Panama City’s Neighborhood” is from the Images of America series of historical photo collections. Each book is $20 and can be ordered through Books-A-Million, or purchased locally at Books By the Sea or the Frame Shop in downtown Panama City.
“Panama City Memories” by J.D. Weeks contains the personal memories of more than 100 locals or visitors from the 1930s to now, and includes many historic photos. You’ll find entries from former life guards, post card models, spring breakers, business owners, residents and more. The cover is by Melody May.
Weeks, originally from Birmingham, Ala., also has collected the historical book “Panama City Postcards,” in addition to many other books. His “Birmingham: Then and Now” was carried to the International Space Station aboard the shuttle Discovery. Learn more at JDWeeks.com, Lulu.com/jdweeks or Facebook.com/jdweeks.
“Carrie’s Gift” is the first romance from Michael Lister, known mostly for his gritty mysteries set in the North Florida Panhandle. “I actually started writing love stories first,” Lister said, “but my crime fiction was the first to get published and what I became known for.”
“Carrie’s Gift” is a Christmas love story involving two former high school classmates from the ’80s reuniting at the funeral of a friend. It’s about what might have been and what can still be, and the connection that nothing can sever — not time, space or even the grave. Details: MichaelLister.com.
“Gulf Coast Favorites” is a cookbook featuring 892 recipes collected by the members of the GFWC Gulf Coast Woman’s Club, including some from local politicians, celebrities and restaurants. Price: $27, including tax, on the club’s website (or price may vary by retail location); proceeds go to feed the hungry in Bay County. You can find the book at Somethin’s Cookin,’ Paul Brent Gallery, SeaBreeze Winery and The Mole Hole; or have the book shipped to you from GFWC Gulf Coast Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 16076, Panama City, FL 32406. Details: GFWCGulfCoastWomansClub.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Herbs For Life!”: This book by Linda W. Mix, R.N., teaches you how to grow and use your own medicinal pants. It’s a useful handbook or field guide, with full-color photos of nearly 100 plants and details on cultivation, use, and cautions. Cost: $25. Available via MedicinalHerbsForLife.com, Facebook.com/MedicinalHerbsForLife, or email Linda@MedicinalHerbsforLife.com.
“Seashells of the Florida Panhandle” is a guidebook with full-color photos of dozens of shells commonly found on the beaches from Pensacola to Apalachicola. Gathered by the Gulf Coast Shell Club, the book sells for $9.95 (plus tax). You can find it at GulfCoastShellClubPanamaCity.com, or by calling Gwen Lawrence at 763-2182.