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  1. Review: Robin Givhan's 'The Battle of Versailles' a riveting fashion history

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    It's difficult to tell people who don't care about fashion why fashion is worth caring about. Why it's more than pretty clothes and shallow vanity. Why it speaks to an ever-shifting tableau of social strata, race, international politics and so on.

    Black models with a dance sensibility were just one of the surprises that five American designers brought to a legendary fashion show at Versailles in 1973.
  2. Notable: Prose on poetry

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    Prose on poetry

    April is Poetry Month, a perfect time for these books on the subject by three splendid writers.

  3. Review: 'Epitaph' places O.K. Corral gunfight in fascinating context

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    The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral has been dramatized in numerous books, on stage, on screen and in one particularly far-fetched episode of Star Trek. In Epitaph, Mary Doria Russell revisits the iconic shootout, delving into its dramatic backstory and aftermath. With vast amounts of research and a poetic …

  4. What's Deborah Moggach reading?

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    Deborah Moggach

    It took a few trans-Atlantic phone calls and emails, but eventually we caught up with Moggach, who lives in Presteigne, Wales. She is well known for her novel These Foolish Things, the basis for the sleeper hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and …

    Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things was the basis for the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel.
  5. Review: 'H Is for Hawk' a soaring memoir of loss, love and wildness

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    In many cultures across the centuries, Helen Macdonald tells us, hawks and falcons have been seen as messengers between two worlds: the world of the living and that of the dead.

  6. Review: Erik Larson's 'Dead Wake' a thrilling re-creation of sinking of the Lusitania

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    On May 7, 1915, toward the end of her 101st round-trip crossing from New York to Liverpool, England, the British Cunard liner Lusitania was struck by a torpedo fired from a German submarine about 12 miles off the southern coast of Ireland.

  7. What's Marie Bostwick reading?

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    Marie Bostwick

    We caught up with Bostwick, best known for her Cobbled Court Quilts series, by phone as she vacationed at Disney World with her husband, children and grandchildren. Bostwick is making a stop in Dunedin on Tuesday (see Book Talk) as part of the launch of her newest …

    Marie Bostwick’s newest release is The Second Sister.
  8. Notable: Seeking Jesus

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    Seeking Jesus

    With Easter approaching, here are books factual and fictional about Jesus Christ.

  9. Events: Randy Wayne White to sign 'Cuba Straits'

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    Book Talk

    Bestselling author Randy Wayne White (Cuba Straits) will discuss and sign his thriller at 1 p.m. today at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

  10. Review: Join Doc Ford for an exhilarating trip in 'Cuba Straits'

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    In 1980, an American with well-honed marine skills and some interesting personal connections went to Cuba when the Mariel Boatlift began, coming back about a week later "on a 55-foot grouper boat overloaded with 147 people who, when we raised Boca Chica, took up this chant: Libertad ... Libertad ... Liberty."