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  1. Review: James Lee Burke's 'Wayfaring Stranger' a terrific tale

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    James Lee Burke's terrific new novel, Wayfaring Stranger, is a departure from his three crime fiction series about former New Orleans detective Dave Robicheaux and two Texas lawmen, the cousins Hackberry and Billy Bob Holland.

    The main character of Wayfaring Stranger has a brush with bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow that will reverberate in surprising ways.
  2. Florida Humanities Council features state's writers in Forum magazine summer issue

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    For a fine crop of summer reading, you can depend on the Florida Humanities Council's magazine, Forum.

  3. Review: Courtney Maum's novel an exercise in wit and 'Fun'

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    Richard Haddon, the morose British artist at the center of Courtney Maum's amusing yet still heartfelt new novel, used to be devoted to the avant-garde. He made mixed-media collages using saw blades and driftwood and melted ramen noodle packets. He wrapped toy soldiers in Bubble Wrap to make a statement. He was …

  4. Review: 'Rebbe' an in-depth biography of influential leader Schneerson

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    The title hints at unabashed admiration.

    Joseph Telushkin's new biography, Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History, fascinates nonetheless.

  5. Notable: Winding up three fantasy trilogies

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    Notable

    Three by three

    These new books round out three bestselling fantasy and science fiction trilogies.

  6. What's Andrea Brunais reading?

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    Nightstand

    Andrea Brunais

    Brunais sets her new novel, Mercedes Wore Black, against the backdrop of the 2014 Florida governor's race while introducing the reader to Janis Pearl Hawk, a journalist who heads out to uncover corruption involving murder, public money and the fate of a pristine …

    Andrea Brunais
  7. Events: Lynn Combes to discuss 'Garden Full of Butterflies'

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    Book Talk

    East Lake Community Library's Author Showcase presents Lynn Combes (Garden Full of Butterflies) discussing and signing her novel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

  8. J.K. Rowling serves up new dish on Harry Potter and pals

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    Not all of the Harry Potter news is coming out of Orlando. Some of it is datelined Patagonia, site of the current Quidditch Cup World Final.

    Author J.K. Rowling has spun a new short Harry Potter story on Pottermore.com.
  9. Review: 'Zhivago Affair' is a real-life Cold War thriller

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    “Art belongs to the people. It should be understood and loved by the masses. It must unite and elevate their feelings, thoughts and will. It must stir them to activity and develop the artistic instincts within them. Should we serve exquisite sweet cake to a small minority while the worker and the peasant masses …

  10. Review: St. Aubyn's 'Lost for Words' skewers literary prizes

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    In the highbrow, hoity-toity book-scribbling racket, unlike the ink-stained wretched world of newspapering, capturing the Man Booker Prize is widely regarded as the Holy Grail and cat's pajamas for writers of thoughtful fiction.