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  1. The two Atticuses: 'Mockingbird's hero radically reshaped from 'Watchman's racist version

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    "I just don't like my world disturbed without some warning."

    Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch in the 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird movie helped cement the character as a hero.
  2. Review: 'Vendetta' chronicles Bobby Kennedy-Jimmy Hoffa feud

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    From 1957 to 1964 Robert Francis Kennedy, first as lead counsel of the Senate Rackets Committee and then as Attorney General of the United States, relentlessly pursued the gruff, charismatic and thoroughly corrupt president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, James Riddle Hoffa. Through an endless series of …

    From 1957 to 1964, Robert Kennedy (left) aggressively investigated labor boss Jimmy Hoffa. As lead counsel of the Senate Rackets Committee and later as U.S. Attorney General, Kennedy was determined to convict Hoffa.
  3. What's Ashley Rhodes-Courter reading?

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    Ashley Rhodes-Courter

    In 2003, Rhodes-Courter submitted an essay about growing up in the Florida foster care system for the New York Times Magazine writing contest for high school students. Her entry came out on top and eventually became a memoir, Three Little Words. …

    Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s new book is “Three More Words.”
  4. Events: Gen. Ann Dunwoody to sign, discuss 'A Higher Standard'

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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. Tuesday at Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive.

  5. How a Dr. Seuss tale lost in a box found a new life

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    After Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991, his widow, Audrey Geisel, decided to renovate their hilltop house in La Jolla, Calif. She and an assistant cleared out his office, donating most of his valuable illustrations and early drafts to the University of California, San Diego, and stashing …

    A copy of the original art work found in Theodor Seuss Geisel's home with a color proof of it lies in a drawer at Random House Children's Books in New York. Random House is set to release a book recreated from the abandoned pages titled"What Pet Should I Get?" which is likely to be the last complete Dr. Seuss book. [New York Times]
  6. Review: 'Speak' a novel of human connections and artificial intelligence

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    Why do we long to both speak and be heard? What does it mean to converse with another person? Does that conversation mean that we know the person, and that they know us?

  7. Review: 'As If!' a fond, fun look at 'Clueless' 20 years later

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    How can Clueless celebrate its 20th birthday this summer? Has it really been two decades since I fell in love with Alicia Silverstone's whip-smart, puddle-deep Cher Horowitz on a sweltering July night at a Vermont megaplex? Over the years, I've rewatched Amy Heckerling's Beverly Hills reimagining of Jane Austen's …

  8. What's Gwendolyn Knapp reading?

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    Gwendolyn Knapp

    Knapp is the author of a new memoir, After a While You Just Get Used to It: A Tale of Family Clutter. The book details her childhood growing up among hoarders in Holiday, and it's not a holiday, but "a halfway point between mermaids and Scientologists.'' She …

    Gwendolyn Knapp recently released the memoir After a While You Just Get Used to It: A Tale of Family Clutter.
  9. Notable: Harper Lee fever

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    Harper Lee fever

    If Go Set a Watchman has you wanting more by and about its author, here are three books to satisfy you.

  10. Events: Readings by local journalists at Grand Central Lit Crawl

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    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 22 at John Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; and at 3 p.m. July 25 at Clearwater Main Public Library, 100 N Osceola …