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A brighter, softer, funnier installation in the ‘Doc Ford’ series

Cuba Straits, by Randy Wayne White. Putnam. 336 pages. Hardcover $26.95.

This book is a pleasant change of pace after “Doc Ford” series titles dominated by words like deep, dead, and dark. 444 more words

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Celebrating Independent Bookstores

When I was a teenager and working part-time, there was a Classics bookstore at a nearby shopping mall, and that was where I headed on payday. 394 more words


Set in Southwest Florida, Harry Brock Mystery rises above the crowd

An Anecdotal Death, by Kinley Roby. Five Star Publishing. 310 pages. Hardcover $25.95.

The tenth “Harry Brock Mystery” finds the game warden turned detective continuing to ply his trade in and near the Southwest Florida town of Avola. 515 more words

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Leaving Berlin, by Joseph Kanon

  • Atria Books. 384 pp. $27.00.

This taut page-turner captures the contradictions and complexities of the post-WWII German capital.

In his latest fast-paced thriller, Leaving Berlin… 232 more words

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An exciting account of an astounding engineering achievement

“Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles,” by Les Standiford. Ecco. 336 pages. Hardcover $28.99.

Can statistics be exciting? 462 more words

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Dear Veggie, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Would you write a valentine to a potato? Wax poetic over beans? Write free verse about free range chickens?

Thirty-four writers from seven countries did just that, and you can read their work in the anthology… 203 more words


Naples guidebook geared to kids colors facts with fun

A (Mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades, by Karen T. Bartlett. Mostly Kids’ Guides LLC. 80 pages. $18.95.

There’s nothing square about this 8 X 8 inch high-energy book. 475 more words

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