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"Mostly Dead Things" by Kristen Arnett; Tin House (354 pages, $24.95) ___ The Mortons are just a typical Florida family, a mom and dad and son and daughter and a couple of grandkids, living somewhere near Orlando. The family business is taxidermy. In a shop teeming with skillfully mounted critters of every kind, Dad teaches his craft to daughter Jessa: "Our heart," she says, "was in the curve ...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mary Kay Andrews doesn't mind a bit if you call her novels "beach books." "They've given me a great life and I'm proud of them," she said. "A beach book lets you escape to someplace else. It has characters you can root for. It's a page-turner." And readers love beach books. Andrews' latest, published in May, debuted at No. 5 on the New York Times fiction best-seller ...