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BOOK BIZ — Last Days of California is a compelling debut novel from a Mississippi native

It’s no secret that Mississippi has produced a number of literary luminaries, whether we’re talking about William Faulkner or Eudora Welty or Larry Brown. Our rich literary history isn’t just history, though — new voices abound, which is both encouraging and exciting. For avid readers, discovering these new writers and being able to follow their […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Uncovering how habits drive our daily lives

by Published: November 7,2014

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How much of what you do in your day-to-day life is driven by habit? I bet it’s more than you think. Journalist Charles Duhigg’s excellent book, The Power of Habit, explores the role of habit in our lives, in society, and in business. It’s an eye-opening look at the fact that, as he points out […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Malcolm Brooks book tells an authentic story of the West

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Malcolm Brooks, Mississippi, NEWS, Painted Horses

Painted Horses is amazingly Malcolm Brooks’ first book. While it’s often fun to read about places we know, it can be more fun to read about places of which we know very little. The latter is true of the American West for me. I have almost no personal experience with the West but I find […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Food snob spends dying hours looking for best flavor of his life

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi, NEWS

We can usually say that if you like one book by an author, you will like others by that same author. I’m not sure that’s the case with Gourmet Rhapsody, written by the author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery. While it’s an entertaining read, Gourmet Rhapsody will not have the wide appeal […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Once again enjoy the company of the residents of Mitford

by Published: October 16,2014

Tags: BookBiz, Business, Mississippi, NEWS

Welcome back to Mitford. The many fans of Jan Karon’s popular series will enjoy this tenth book about Father Tim and the colorful inhabitants of Mitford, North Carolina. Karon is back with an update of the now-retired Father Tim Kavanagh, his wife Cynthia, Dooley, Lace and all the other inhabitants we’ve come to know and […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Reading life leads to writing life for Pat Conroy

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Pat Conroy

It’s always interesting to learn what writers read and what books have influenced them the most. It’s impossible to be a writer and not read. In Pat Conroy’s case he started reading voraciously at a young age. We all read for a variety of reasons. For this outstanding American writer there were multiple reasons to […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Buckle up for a wild ride in the Jackson drug scene

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

Fasten your seatbelt before delving into Philip Shirley’s second work of fiction, The White Lie. It’s a crime thriller that quickly pulls the reader in for a wild ride. Drug lords in Jackson, Mississippi? Innocent citizens who get pulled into this web of intrigue? That and more are woven into this tight, fast-paced story. The […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Embracing a different approach to end-of-life care

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Book Biz, books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, NEWS

I won’t sugarcoat it: if you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted read, this is not the book for you. However, if you’re interested in how our society and medical community treat end-of-life decisions in the 21st century, Katy Butler’s remarkable Knocking on Heaven’s Door is enlightening, heartbreaking and, at times, enraging. Butler is a journalist […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: A novel look at the effects of scarcity on our lives

The word “scarcity” in the context of economics typically calls up thoughts about how to most efficiently allocate scarce resources. Whether we’re talking about companies turning limited inputs into profitable ventures or governments choosing where best to spend tax revenue, economics is a social science dedicated to studying scarcity. Behavioral economics professors Sendhil Mullainathan and […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — The compelling story of an American maverick fighting for fairness

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, Warren Buffett

By focusing on one American furniture magnate fighting to save his company, Beth Macy’s recently published Factory Man paints an effective picture of the broader industry, which has, overall, switched to importing furniture instead of making it stateside. She also highlights the difficult, ongoing implications for thousands of displaced workers, putting faces and names to […] [...]

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