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  1. Events: Rep. Paul Ryan to sign book in Brandon, Sarasota

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    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea) will sign his book at 3 p.m. today at Books-a-Million, 839 Brandon Town Center Mall, Brandon; and at 6 p.m. today at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. In Sarasota, only those who purchase the book at …

  2. Review: Michelangelo's life framed in 'Six Masterpieces'

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    Michelangelo Buonarroti was, despite his first name, no angel. He was intensely, ungraciously competitive, overly sensitive to any behavior he considered a slight, and his loyalties and allegiance generally swung with the political winds. He left many projects unfinished to the dismay and anger of his patrons because he …

  3. Review: Biography illuminates, but 'Mona Lisa' still an enigma

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    The woman with the famously mysterious smile has herself been a mystery for centuries. In Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, Dianne Hales doesn't discover much about the subject of the most famous painting in the world that we don't already know, but she does put Lisa del Giocondo's life in credible context, bulking …

  4. Review: Randy Wayne White finds Florida's dark heart in 'Haunted'

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    Many of Florida's flourishing crop of crime writers find their weird and wild subject matter in the big cities and around the state's thickly populated rim.

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  5. Notable: Three books focus on houses, homes

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    House and home

    Three new books focus, in fiction and fact, on the structures that shape our lives.

  6. What's Amy Grace Loyd reading?

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    Amy Grace Loyd

    Loyd's 2013 novel, The Affairs of Others, was released in paperback this month. It is the story of a young widow, Celia Cassill, whose quest for a quiet life is interrupted when a new tenant brings turmoil into the building.

    Amy Grace Loyd is author of 2013’s The Affairs of Others.
  7. Events: James Rollins to sign '6th Extinction' in Tampa

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    The East Lake Community Library Author Showcase presents Beth Goehringer (Blood and Fire) discussing and signing her futuristic Fire Trilogy at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

  8. Review: Roxane Gay's 'Bad Feminist' is ruthless, often funny

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    With the news full of Hobby Lobby and Ray Rice and sexual harassment at Comic-Con, not to mention such dire events as the abductions and killings of girls by radical fundamentalists, I'm floored by people like the posters on websites such as Women Against Feminism who seem to think the battles have all been won and the …

  9. What's Deborah Harkness reading?

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    Deborah Harkness

    Harkness is a history professor at University of Southern California, a wine enthusiast responsible for the blog Good Wine Under $20, and the author of the newly released The Book of Life, the final novel in her All Souls Trilogy. The books follow the …

    Deborah Harkness is a history professor at the University of Southern California and the author of the newly released The Book of Life, the final novel in her All Souls Trilogy.
  10. Events: Kris Radish hosts book launch party

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    Tampa author Tim Dorsey (Tiger Shrimp Tango) will discuss and sign his comic Florida crime novels at 6:30 Tuesday at Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 Central Ave., Tampa.