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"Believe it or not this Florida swamp boy is about a hundred pages into Boccaccio's Decameron, Wayne A. Rebhorn's whopper new translation of what may be the 14th century's version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Ten gals and guys escape the Black Death by fleeing from Florence for country hijinks that include hiking, swimming, eating and telling stories about life, death and — yes! — sex. Listen, if any of you Dominican nuns who taught me at St. Rose of Lima in Miami Shores are still alive, please don't track my gray-haired self down and box my ears. I'm still in therapy.”

Jeff Klinkenberg, author of Alligators in B Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida

Klinkenberg appears at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Room 8302 at Miami Book Fair International

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">An Idea Whose Time Has Come:</span> Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.. Todd Purdum. Holt. 398 pages. $30.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">The Boom:</span> How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Russell Gold. Simon & Schuster. 384 pages. $26.

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