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  1. Review: Franzen's 'Purity' superior to 'Freedom' with less hype

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    Since Jonathan Franzen's last novel, Freedom, appeared in 2010, he and his publishers seem to have thought a lot about great expectations.

  2. Review: Charles Blow's 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones' a moving memoir

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    Charles M. Blow's exquisite memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, is a meditation on the moments, the larcenies small and grand, that strip innocence from childhood and their enduring consequences.

    Louisiana native and New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow, author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, was the fifth of five sons.
  3. Notable: city stories

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    Notable

    City stories

    These books offer new perspectives on cities and the human relationship to them.

  4. What's Garth Stein reading?

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    Garth Stein

    Stein, 50, is best known for his 2008 novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, a story told through the eyes of a canine narrator, Enzo, who yearns to be a human race car driver. The novel spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. Stein …

    Garth Stein, 50, is best known for his 2008 novel The Art of Racing in the Rain.
  5. Review: New 'Dragon Tattoo' book a weak shadow of its predecessors

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    Its full title is The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, but they might as well have called it The Girl Who's Going to Help Us Milk a Few More Million Out of This Dragon Tattoo Thing.

    Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in the Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest movie.
  6. Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky 'turn the tables' on depictions of women in crime fiction

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    Back in 1982, when they both published their first mystery novels, did Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky think they were starting series that would still be charting on the bestseller lists 33 years later?

    Author Sara Paretsky
  7. What's Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz reading?

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    Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

    O'Keefe Aptowicz is the author of Dr. Mutter's Marvels, a nonfiction look at the flamboyant 19th century surgeon whose philosophies and innovative surgical ideas often clashed with those of other doctors. His name graces the Mutter Museum in the Center …

    Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s recent awards include the ArtsEdge writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and writer in residence at the Amy Clampitt House.
  8. Notable: the usual suspects

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    The usual suspects

    Here are new books by three more terrific writers with long-running mystery series.

  9. Events: Surfing champion Clay Marzo to sign his book at Inkwood

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    Book Talk

    Pro surfing champion Clay Marzo (Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant's Journey With Asperger's) will discuss and sign his book at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.

  10. Review: Koryta kicks off a dark and promising series with 'Last Words'

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    It's not often I have to put a book down close to bedtime because I fear bad dreams. I consume crime fiction like potato chips — and ordinarily sleep soundly afterward.

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