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  1. National Book Awards honor stories personal and political

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    The 2014 National Book Awards, announced Wednesday night, honored a poet with a long and distinguished career, a fiction writer's first book, a deeply personal memoir of childhood and a work of nonfiction about the most populous nation on the planet.

  2. Review: Gary Hart scandal births tabloid politics in 'All the Truth Is Out'

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    Chances are that if you are a younger person, the name Gary Hart means absolutely nothing to you. And therein lies the tragedy of a rising, promising political career that so spectacularly crashed and burned over the course of a single week in 1987.

    Hart has never admitted anything untoward occurred between him and Donna Rice. People drew other conclusions from this photo, taken during a trip aboard the yacht Monkey Business.
  3. Review: Jane Smiley's 'Some Luck' an American family epic

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    Sometimes, the characters in Some Luck, Jane Smiley's latest novel, resemble the Osage orange hedge that separates the field from the back acreage of Walter Langdon's Iowa farm: "horse-high, bull-strong, and hog-tight." Meaning they're tough. Meaning they take what life throws at them — drought, …

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  4. What's Wilbur Smith reading?

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    Wilbur Smith

    Smith, 81, was born in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, where he spent his childhood on his family's ranch. In 1964, his upbringing served him well with the successful publication of Where the Lion Feeds, which became the first book in his …

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  5. Notable: Literary lights

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    Literary lights

    Treat yourself to one of these new books by three of the best fiction writers working today.

  6. Review: Stephen King turns on an electrifying 'Revival'

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    Jamie Morton is just a little boy the first time he meets the Rev. Charles Jacobs. Happily playing with his toy soldiers in the front yard of the Maine home of his large, affectionate family, Jamie is interrupted by a "human eclipse" when Jacobs suddenly appears in silhouette, his body a dark form blocking the …

  7. Review: Marilynne Robinson's 'Lila' a vibrant vision of the past

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    For those of us who know and love Marilynne Robinson's luminous novels, Lila is a dearly awaited friend. Robinson has chronicled the fictional Ames family of Iowa from the Civil War to the 1950s, in books that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and continued with Home. With this third …

  8. What's Tim Duffy reading?

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    Tim Duffy

    It was Guitar Gabriel, a blues musician in Winston-Salem, N.C., who first took Tim Duffy's heart. Others followed, like Willa Mae Buckner, Preston Fulp, Mr. Q and Macavine Hayes. In 1994, Duffy, along with his wife, Denise, created the nonprofit Music Maker Relief …

  9. Notable: Funny people, funny memoirs

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    Funny story

    New memoirs from three top comic performers bring the laughs.

  10. Events: YA authors Greg Neri, Madeleine Kuderick at Inkwood

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    Book Talk

    Local YA authors Greg Neri (Knockout Games) and Madeleine Kuderick (Kiss of Broken Glass) will discuss and sign their new novels at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 18) at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.