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  1. Review: Kate Atkinson's 'A God in Ruins' an enthralling read

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    English writer Kate Atkinson's 2013 book Life After Life is one of the most dazzling novels I've read in the last decade, a virtuoso performance on every level — plot, character, language, structure and more.

  2. Review: Scott Simon's 'Unforgettable' a poignant salute to a memorable mother

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    When Scott Simon began tweeting pain, love and conversation from his mother's deathbed in an intensive care unit in July 2013, he turned personal grief into collective emotion. Sharing painful moments and insights — "I just realized: she once had to let me go into the big wide world. Now I have to let her …

  3. What's David Morrell reading?

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    Nightstand

    David Morrell

    Morrell has recently seen the release of the second book in his De Quincey trilogy, Inspector of the Dead. At its center is Thomas De Quincey, a fictional sleuth based on a real-life writer of the Victorian era who struggled with opium addiction. In this …

    David Morrell, Morrell, who received a doctorate in American literature at Pennsylvania State University and was an English professor at the University of Iowa, is also well known for his 1972 debut novel First Blood, which eventually became the blockbuster movie Rambo.
  4. Notable: celebrity moms

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    Notable

    Celebrity moms

    Shopping for a Mother's Day gift? Here are two memoirs and a biography Mom might enjoy.

  5. Events: Lisa Unger to speak at Manatee County Public Library benefit

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    Book Talk

    Bestselling Clearwater author Lisa Unger (Crazy Love You) will speak in the Arts and Lecture Series benefiting the Manatee County Public Library at 6 p.m. May 4 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton. Tickets are $35 at (941) 748-5875 or manateeperformingar …

  6. Review: Oliver Sacks' 'On the Move' a ride through a life well lived

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    Thanks to a media-friendly personality and bestselling books like Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia, physician and author Oliver Sacks is a familiar cultural figure, sort of everybody's charming, eccentric, really brilliant uncle.

     The author writes in his journal at Machu Picchu in Peru in 2006.
  7. A roundup of new picture books for children

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    Goodnight Already!

    By Jory John and Benji Davies

    Harper, $17.99; ages 4-8

  8. Events: Sarasota PoetryLife festival features Billy Collins

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    Book Talk

    Local author David C. Edmonds (Lily of Peru) will discuss and sign his thriller at 3 p.m. April 27 at Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St.

  9. Notable: men of music

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    Notable

    Men of music

    New memoirs delve into the harmonies and discords of the lives of three accomplished (and very different) musicians.

  10. Review: Toni Morrison's 'God Help the Child'

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    With God Help the Child, Toni Morrison brings her brilliant multibook epic of black life in America into the present.

    Toni Morrison, 84, is the only living American Nobel laureate for literature. Her accolades include a Pulitzer.