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  1. Review: James Ellroy's 'Perfidia' a perfect start in new L.A. Quartet

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    James Ellroy is back at work on his version of the 20th century. And if, like me, you are among his legion of fans, you will dive into Perfidia with a shiver that is equal parts anticipation and fear — because you know it's going to get very dark very fast.

  2. Review: Mitchell's 'Bone Clocks' a fantastic journey through time

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    If you're looking for a writer who can do any style or genre, then David Mitchell fits the bill.

  3. Events: 'Seriously Delish' tasting, signing at Inkwood on Tuesday

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    Book Talk

    Blogger Jessica Merchant (Seriously Delish) will discuss and sign her cookbook and demonstrate recipes at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $40 and include admission and tasting for two and one copy of the book; inkwoodbooks.com.

  4. What's Jonathan Tropper reading?

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    Jonathan Tropper

    If you haven't read it yet, you have until Sept. 19 to read Tropper's hilarious novel This Is Where I Leave You before it hits the big screen with Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne and Tina Fey. The story centers around Judd Foxman, whose …

    Jonathan Tropper has written numerous books and is co-creator of the Cinemax show Banshee. His novel, This Is Where I Leave You, comes to life on the big screen on Sept. 12.
  5. Notable: Creators at work

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    Labor Day honors workers, and creative people work as hard as anyone, as these books note.

  6. Review: Tana French's 'Secret Place' a taut, shimmering mystery

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    St. Kilda's is an exclusive school in Dublin: "Girls' secondary, private, leafy suburb. Nuns." Its halls teem with long-haired, coltish, chattering teens from well-off families. It's not supposed to be the kind of place where murder happens.

  7. Review: Jane Goodall's 'Seeds of Hope' charming, alarming

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    Jane Goodall's world-famous research on chimpanzees inevitably involved observing the plant life around them, from the seeds and fruits they ate to the towering trees they slept in.

  8. Review: Jessie Burton's 'Miniaturist' a microcosm of mystery

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    Bestselling novels inspired by 17th century Dutch works of art are getting to be a hot literary subgenre. First came Tracy Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring, then Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. And now Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist, a debut novel that sparked an 11-publisher bidding war, is …

  9. Review: Almond tackles difficult questions in 'Against Football'

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    As the sliding doors open, the man drags his female companion out of the elevator on her knees. He pulls her inert body forward, then lowers the young woman face-down on the hallway floor. Her lower legs and bare feet still extend back into the elevator. Her companion, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, tries to …

  10. What's Gail Gutradt reading?

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    Gail Gutradt

    Gutradt's work has appeared in the Japan-based Kyoto Journal, Utne Reader and Ashé Journal, and this month she published In a Rocket Made of Ice: Among the Children of Wat Opot, a first-person account of her time spent at an orphanage in …

    Gail Gutradt’s work has appeared in the Japan-based Kyoto Journal, Utne Reader and Ashé  Journal, and this month she published “In a Rocket Made of Ice: Among the Children of Wat Opot,” a first-person account of her time spent at an orphanage in rural Cambodia.