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LOUANN LOFTON: A funny, fictional look at the Great Recession

by Published: January 22,2015

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The Financial Lives of the Poets is the first work of fiction I’ve read that’s focused on the time period leading up to and during the 2008/2009 financial crisis. The book was written and published quickly, coming out in 2009, as the economy was continuing its downward spiral. Typically, you’d think that literature reacting to […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON: Jamison gives an exploration of empathy from many angles

Leslie Jamison’s arresting collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, graced more than one “best of” list at the end of 2014. After reading it, I can see why. It’s original, often challenging, and ultimately thought provoking. Not surprisingly, the quest to understand empathy – what it really means and how we come to experience it […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Reading and cooking with a famous Mississippi playwright is fun

In my family, books flow back and forth as gifts for various occasions, and we usually read the books before giving them away. That means you have to be careful and keep the book in its clean, brand-new condition (or you’ll get called out on it). This Christmas I received Dinner with Tennessee Williams, a […] [...]

BOOKBIZ — Looking back at our favorite books reviewed in 2014

Lynn’s Choice — All the Light We Cannot See The end of the year brings all sorts of lists of the top this or that. It’s been a practice of Book Biz to list picks and pans of books read and reviewed during the year. But this year I’m only listing favorite books — works of […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — The crazy world of book buying and selling

by Published: December 30,2014

Tags: BookBiz, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Amazon has disrupted the book world again. Last year there was a dispute with a major publisher over who set the price of e-books – the publisher or the distributor. This time the quarrel is with self-published authors and others who view Amazon’s recently released Kindle Unlimited as a threat to the incomes of authors. […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON: A new twist on dystopian fiction

If I were to tell you that a book about the end of the world (as we know it) could somehow leave you optimistic and encouraged, I doubt you’d believe me. But the incredible novel Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, would prove me right, despite its often harrowing twists and turns. A finalist […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Coming-of-age story unfolds along with the Great Depression

This book will definitely be one of my favorites for this year. I like it for several reasons. First, it’s an interesting story that’s told well. There’s a family tragedy and 15-year-old Thea Atwell is held responsible; so much so that her family sends her away to the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls deep in […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — Story of a physician’s early years is inspiring

Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar’s memoir, Intern, about his residency at a New York City hospital is a touching, honest account of the difficulties young doctors face when they leave medical school and attempt to become practicing physicians. In particular, the first year of residency, known as internship, is legendarily grueling and the learning curve steep. Even […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Film star tells all about Hollywood legends and studio system

When Peter Evans was helping Ava Gardner write her biography, he was often awakened in the middle of the night by the aging film star. She confided many interesting, unvarnished tales; stories she didn’t want included in the official biography. Evans began writing about his conversations with Gardner after her death. The revelations are sometimes […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — This book of essays contains something for everyone

by Published: December 4,2014

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

Sometimes you love a book so much that you feel like it’s a travesty if everyone you know doesn’t read it right away. That’s exactly how I felt about Ann Patchett’s collection of essays, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Ann Patchett, is, of course, perhaps best known for her best-selling fiction, including […] [...]

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