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BOOK BIZ: Donna Tartt’s first book stands the test of time

With the publication of her third novel, The Goldfinch, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Mississippian Donna Tartt’s place in literary history was assured. Her first book, The Secret History, is every bit as fascinating and has been hooking readers with its blend of chilling mystery and social commentary since its publication in […] [...]

New tool to manage, bill legal projects

With the fluctuating economy and more stringent regulations, law firms and company legal departments are facing increasing pressure and challenges. Some are developing programs to make legal services more efficient and cost effective. For example, the multi-state Baker Donelson firm is a pioneer in this field with the development of a Legal Project Management Office, […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Novel tells of sacrifices and dangerous days of the Great War

This novel of the Great War tells a story of personal growth, sacrifice and family liaisons, but it also tells a not-so-well-known story of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps of World War I.  There are  accounts of battlefield medical care and surgery of that war that are often overlooked too. Field hospitals were a far […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — University life and coming of age altered after 9/11

As much as I enjoy reading books set in other countries and eras, in the spirit of variety I try to read some books set in this country and in a contemporary time period. A Gate at the Stairs takes place in a university town in Wisconsin and on a farm in a rural part […] [...]

A STITCH IN TIME — Gulf Coast cancer survivor featured on colon calendar

By LYNN LOFTON Seven years ago at age 35, Tina Seymour Demoran of the Gulf Coast was stunned with a diagnoses no one wants to hear — she had colon cancer. Thankfully, she has added cancer survivor to her long list of roles in life, including attorney, real estate broker, respiratory therapist and compliance director. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Coast resident publishes cookbook all about home cooking

by Published: April 3,2015

Tags: books, Business, Mary Foreman, Mississippi, NEWS, Quail Ridge Press

There’s a new cookbook on the scene and it’s an outstanding addition to any collection. It all started for cookbook author and blogger Mary Foreman with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. At that time she was working in the corporate legal department of one of the Coast’s larger gaming companies. With the offices destroyed and […] [...]

WE’RE IN THE TOP 5 — Mississippi a leader as more women are becoming business owners

By LYNN LOFTON  Women-owned businesses are flourishing in Mississippi and the facts prove it. These businesses increased by 81 percent between 1997 and 2014, according to a study conducted by American Express OPEN, earning the state a spot among the top five states in the country. This growing percentage is part of an ongoing American […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Story set in Amsterdam is compelling, full of surprises

What an unusual book this is. After almost 400 pages it left me with unanswered questions and wanting more. It’s set in a time and place that’s unfamiliar — Amsterdam in the late 17th Century. Even in that era, this illustrious city was ahead of its time in some ways and was a booming, prosperous […] [...]

Design-build and design-bid-build methods get projects done on time

By LYNN LOFTON Architects, engineers and construction managers are embracing the design-build and design-bid-build methods for projects that include transportation and water infrastructure projects, office buildings, schools, and stadiums. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility, according to the Design-Build Institute of America. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Gripping tale of intrigue shows dark side of Paris

I’m a sucker for books with Paris in the title. Undoubtedly, many readers feel the same about the City of Light. However, this novel portrays a dark side of the French capital. The season, winter, is almost a character in the book. It’s a cold and bleak backdrop amidst the art and culture of Paris. […] [...]

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