Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Books

Review: Rick Bragg’s ‘The Best Cook in the World’ a loving food memoir about his mother

Review: Rick Bragg’s ‘The Best Cook in the World’ a loving food memoir about his mother

When Rick Bragg told his mother that his new book about her would be titled The Best Cook in the World, Margaret Bragg protested: "I wasn’t even the best cook that lived on our road." Bragg writes, "I told her we couldn’t call it The Thi...
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Review: Ace Atkins takes an artful turn with Spenser in ‘Old Black Magic’

Review: Ace Atkins takes an artful turn with Spenser in ‘Old Black Magic’

Art can bring us joy, enlarge our perspective, even enlighten us. Sometimes, though, it can make us behave badly.In Ace Atkins’ new novel, Old Black Magic, art makes people behave very badly indeed.Three works of art, to be specific. A Picasso sketch...
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Events: Gilbert King to discuss ‘Beneath a Ruthless Sun’ in Sarasota

Events: Gilbert King to discuss ‘Beneath a Ruthless Sun’ in Sarasota

Book Talk Writing coach Roy Peter Clark (Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer) will hold a 90-minute workshop on finding your voice at 2 p.m. May 6 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Registration $5 at bit.ly/2J9b...
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Three new books about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Three new books about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

NotableMeghan madnessIf, as the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle approaches, you just can’t get enough dish on the royals, here are three more new books about the couple.Harry: Life, Loss and Love (Hachette) by Katie Nicholl, who has written...
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Review: New Meghan Markle biography offers engaging look at future royal bride

Review: New Meghan Markle biography offers engaging look at future royal bride

Meghan Markle is set to marry her prince on May 19 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle as Queen Elizabeth II, the British royal family and millions of television viewers around the world look on. The obvious question then, of course, is whether ...
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What ‘Love and Death in the Sunshine State’ author Cutter Wood is reading

What ‘Love and Death in the Sunshine State’ author Cutter Wood is reading

NightstandCutter WoodBack in 2008, Wood found himself spending a vacation on Anna Maria Island during one of the area’s most intense times. Sabine Musil-Buehler, a local motel owner, had disappeared; eventually, her boyfriend admitted to murdering he...
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Review: Barbara Ehrenreich’s ‘Natural Causes’ takes an unsentimental look at wellness and death

Review: Barbara Ehrenreich’s ‘Natural Causes’ takes an unsentimental look at wellness and death

The most purely, proudly American genre of writing might be the to-do list. From Benjamin Franklin’s 13-week plan for self-optimization to young Gatsby’s daily routine ("practice elocution, poise and how to attain it"), nothing captures q...
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Rachel Slade talks books, magic hands in the library and the sinking of ‘El Faro’

Rachel Slade talks books, magic hands in the library and the sinking of ‘El Faro’

NightstandRachel SladeIn her new book, Into the Raging Sea, Slade gives an in-depth account of the tragic sinking of the El Faro, a Jacksonville-based cargo ship that plummeted to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Joaquin. While doing...
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Events: Susan Wiggs to discuss, sign ‘Map of the Heart’ in Tampa

Book TalkThe fourth annual Oxford Exchange Book Fair will present more than 40 local authors signing and talking about their books from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 in the OE Commerce Club, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.Alder Allensworth (Prevail: Celebrat...
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Notable: A perfect storm of books about a hurricane

Notable: A perfect storm of books about a hurricane

NotablePerfect stormThree new nonfiction books recount the sinking of the freighter El Faro during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015.Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro (Ecco) by Rachel Slade employs hundreds...
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