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  1. Review: Lori Roy weaves a Southern Gothic spell in 'Let Me Die in His Footsteps'

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    To many of us, lavender smells like serenity, sweet and calming. But to Annie Holleran, the fields of lavender on her family's Kentucky farm smell like too much: too much secret history, too much strangled longing, too much violence and grief. Lavender, like love, can turn from sweet to cloying, even stifling.

    Lavander field
  2. Review: 'Elon Musk' portrays industrialist for whom sky is no limit

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    We've become a nation of indoor cats," Dave Eggers wrote in A Hologram for the King (2012), his existential novel about an American doing IT work in the Saudi Arabian desert. "A nation of doubters, worriers, overthinkers."

    Celebrity industrialist Elon Musk, 43, is the driving force behind Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity. He was born in South Africa.
  3. What's Heidi Pitlor reading?

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    Nightstand

    Heidi Pitlor

    Pitlor, 44, has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories collection since 2007. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from Emerson College in Massachusetts and is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin (now Houghton Mifflin …

    Heidi Pitlor’s most recent novel is “The Daylight Marriage.”
  4. Notable: Books about comic books

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    In the funny pages

    Can't get enough comic book heroes at the movies? These books will feed your fandom.

  5. Events: William Valentine to sign his new novel on May 31

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    Book Talk

    William Valentine (Costa Rican Reprise) will sign his thriller at 2 p.m. May 31 at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

  6. Summer books set the stage for your vacations

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    For some of us, choosing the right book to read on vacation is almost as important as choosing the right destination.

  7. Review: David Brooks' 'Road to Character' focuses on traditional virtues

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    Coming from a conservative political pundit who writes columns for the New York Times, The Road to Character is not exactly what you might expect. Don't look for mentions of the current crop of presidential candidates or hand-wringing over that terrible news on the front page of the newspaper. Instead, …

  8. What's Duff McKagan reading?

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    Duff McKagan

    We caught up with McKagan, co-founder of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, as he was stuck in Manhattan traffic on May 12. In addition to his musical career, McKagan, 51, has established himself as a writer. His work includes his 2011 autobiography, It's So Easy (and …

    Duff McKagan, co-founder of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver and founder of a wealth management firm for musicians, recently released How to Be a Man (and Other Illusions).
  9. Notable: Books in flight

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    Airborne

    Three new nonfiction books look at human flight, from its early days to its future.

  10. Tell us about your BookCon plans

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    Tell us about your BookCon plans

    Are you planning to attend BookCon 2015 in New York City on May 30-31? If so, the Tampa Bay Times would like to talk to you. Contact Colette Bancroft at cbancroft@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8435.