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LOUANN LOFTON — Check out this engaging guidebook to your brain

Is there anything more applicable to each and every one of us than the study of neuroscience? If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on in that head of yours – or, perhaps, what’s going on in the heads of your family, friends, and coworkers – this is the book for you. Written by two neuroscientists, […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — This unforgettable Mississippi memoir resonates

To read Jesmyn Ward’s haunting memoir Men We Reaped is to step inside of her pain and grief. It’s impossible not to be affected by it, not to be left breathless, not to have to put the book down now and then for a spell while you recover. Ward won a National Book Award back […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Book has tool to understand how to motivate employees

Two native Mississippians with years of experience as managers and consultants put their heads together to write a book they believe will be helpful for all kinds of organizations. Through the years they’ve collaborated on clients and had a mutual interest in ways to unlock the growth potential of organizations by better understanding how to […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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