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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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    Book Talk

    Cheryl Hollon (Etched in Tears) will appear at a launch party for the new book in her Webb's Glass Shop Mystery series at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Books at Park Place, 10468 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg.

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  4. What's Bob Woodward reading?



    Bob Woodward

    Long after teaming up with Carl Bernstein to expose the Watergate scandal and win a Pulitzer Prize in 1973, Woodward continues his work at the Washington Post, his employer for almost five decades. In a recent phone interview, Woodward, 74, said he is more …

    Bob Woodward will visit the Tampa Bay area in early 2018.
  5. Notable: Histories to savor



    Histories to savor

    In this season of eating, here are three fascinating (and giftable) books about the history of food.

  6. Review: We're not even close to being prepared for the rising waters


    Some of humanity's most primordial stories involve flooding: The tales of Noah, and before that Gilgamesh, tell what happens when the water starts to rise and doesn't stop.

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    Few deaths are kind, I think, but Sam Shepard's seemed almost theatrically cruel.

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  8. What's David Crosby reading?



    David Crosby

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    David Crosby will perform at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Dec. 9.
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