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  1. Review: 'The Hand That Feeds You' is a thriller with teeth

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    The Hand That Feeds You goes from zero to terrifying in about five pages.

  2. Review: 'The Story of Alice' a beguiling look at 150 years of Wonderland

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    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, probably the most beloved children's book in English, as well as the most parodied, quoted and analyzed. Its 1871 sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There is only slightly less celebrated, though …

  3. What's Meg Heimstead reading?

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    Meg Heimstead

    Heimstead is the director of education at American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg, where more than 500 young people will venture onto its stage during this year's summer camp program. Heimstead, 38, has a bachelor of fine arts degree from University of Evansville in …

    Meg Heimstead is director of education at American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg.
  4. Notable: word games

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    Word games

    Three new books have fun with all the ways we express ourselves in language.

  5. Events: 'Dexter' author Jeff Lindsay to speak in Bradenton

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    Book Talk

    St. Petersburg author Bob Andelman (Will Eisner: A Spirited Life) will discuss and sign his biography of the comic book creator at 6:30 p.m. July 7 at Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 Bearss Ave., Tampa; and at 2 p.m. July 11 at Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry …

  6. Review: New books by comedians Aziz Ansari and Colin Quinn thoughtful and, yes, funny

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    Maybe because so many traditional voices of authority seem to be devolving into jokes, we turn more and more to comedians for commentary on serious matters. Politics and news? Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Feminism? Amy Schumer and Tina Fey.

  7. Review: In 'Sick in the Head,' Apatow talks shop with funny people

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    The comedies of director, writer and producer Judd Apatow inspire personal reactions. Fans of his short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks will say, "That was my life." The same goes for fans of Lena Dunham's Girls, which he co-produces. Moviegoers of a certain vintage can quote whole scenes from …

  8. Review: 'The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty' explores identity, escape

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    Vendela Vida's heroines have a particular talent for suffering. When their marriages cool or ancient family secrets worm into the light, these women take their troubles on holiday. They prefer to do their grieving somewhere picturesque: the Philippines (And Now You Can Go, 2003), Finland (Let the Northern …

  9. What's Shary Hauer reading?

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    Shary Hauer

    Although Shary Hauer, owner of the Hauer Group, a strategic consulting and coaching firm, thrived at work, for years she found herself in a constant state of despair when it came to relationships. Until, that is, she recognized she had a bona fide disorder: love …

    Shary Hauer wrote about love addition in her memoir, Insatiable.
  10. Notable: American history

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    American history

    For Independence Day, here are three books with unique insights into our nation's past.