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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama read
to second-graders at a charter school in Washington.Associated Press

Bancroft: Book lover Obama has been an inspirational reader in chief

If you love books, for the last eight years you've had a friend in the White House. President Barack Obama is an avid and sophisticated reader (and accomplished writer) who has put his deep appreciation for books and literature front and center throughout his two terms in the White House. Poets read at both his ina …

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  1. Review: Sherman Alexie's 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me' a moving mother-son memoir

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    Grief has no timetable and abides by no map or pattern. Nor, despite the efforts of the most skilled storytellers, does it surrender to our narratives about it.

    LOVEIS WISE   |   Special to the Times
  2. Events: Gabe Hudson, Matthew Klam to speak at Oxford Exchange

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    Book Talk

    The Oxford Exchange's Spotlight Series presents novelists Gabe Hudson (Gork, the Teenage Dragon) and Matthew Klam (Who Is Rich?) discussing and signing their books at 1 p.m. July 30 at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

  3. Review: Get under the covers with Tom Perrotta's 'Mrs. Fletcher'

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    If Tom Perrotta's new novel, Mrs. Fletcher, had a moral, it might be this: Thinking you can learn how to have a great sex life by watching porn is like thinking you can learn to be a great driver by playing Grand Theft Auto.

  4. What's Darrin DuFord reading?

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    Nightstand

    Darrin DuFord

    As summer travel season winds down, we caught up with travel writer DuFord, 46. In his book, Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns, and Revelations in the Americas, he shares his adventures traveling throughout the Western Hemisphere, from boiling poison in …

    Travel writer Darrin DuFord is the author of “Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns and Revelations in the Americas.”
  5. Notable: Digital life

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    Notable

    Digital life

    Three new books, one fiction and two factual, look at how technology affects us.

  6. Events: Tampa Bay Comic Con authors to sign at Books at Park Place

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    Book Talk

    Tampa Bay Comic Con featured authors Larry Correia (Monster Hunter series, Grimnoir series), Jody Lynn Nye (MythAdventures series), Quincy J. Allen (Blood War Chronicles) and L. J. Hachmeister (Triorion series) will sign their books at …

  7. What's Gabe Hudson reading?

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    Nightstand

    Gabe Hudson

    When it came to creating the title character in Gork, the Teenage Dragon, Hudson says, it was like Gork just popped up in his life one day. "I felt like I was a tool and Gork was telling the story,'' he said. "Of course, I had to work through the story, but the …

    Gabe Hudson will appear with Matthew Klam (“Who Is Rich?”) at 1 p.m. July 30 at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa.
  8. Notable: Books on screen

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    Notable

    On screen

    Pick up the "now a major motion picture" versions of these film-inspiring books.

  9. Review: 'A Really Big Lunch' a fitting last supper from Jim Harrison

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    As much as I loved Jim Harrison's fiction and poetry, I've always had a special affection for his food writing. Boisterous and erudite and opinionated and wildly sensual, it always seemed his most personal writing, slipping the veil of fiction and the rigor of poems, and rippling with humor.

  10. Review: Laura Shapiro's 'What She Ate' illuminates diets from Eleanor Roosevelt to Eva Braun

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    Dorothy Wordsworth believed that feeding her poet brother, William, was her part to play in a literary movement. Cockney chef Rosa Lewis became a favorite of King Edward VII, who loved her signature dish of whole truffles boiled in Champagne. Eleanor Roosevelt dished up some of the most dismal meals ever seen in the …