Archive for the ‘Book Biz’ Category

BOOK BIZ — Digging into reasons we’re happy, or not

by Published: July 18,2014

Tags: books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, New Orleans

What makes you happy? What’s likely to make you happy in the future? The answers may seem obvious to you, but Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness will show you that they’re actually anything but. This lively book is not a self-help manual, but a work of psychology written for a popular audience. It’s a book […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Tuscan tale blends history and mystery

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi, new york times

It’s hard to classify The Light in the Ruins. Is it a thriller, a war story, a love story, a murder mystery? It’s all of the above. It’s a gripping tale that takes readers back and forth between the last  years of World War II and 1955 with the perspectives of a young girl in […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: New book provides photographic tour of capital city

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Book Biz, books, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Prolific Bay St. Louis photographer Ken Murphy presents another beautiful book of photos that is sure to become a collector’s item. This time the subject is Jackson, Mississippi’s largest and capital city and hub of political and business activity. Jackson is a 183-page photography book with a foreword by Lemuria Bookstore owner John Evans and […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Lisa Howorth’s first novel opens old family secrets

In the spirit of supporting Mississippi writers and Mississippi independent bookstores, we’re doing both this week by shining the spotlight on Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, co-owner of Square Books in Oxford. It’s her first novel and is receiving high praise from reviewers across the country. Although not a native Mississippian, Howorth moved to Oxford […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Story of Japanese brides told with pathos and beauty

by Published: June 20,2014

Tags: books, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Published in 2011, this book is a gem and at only 129 pages can be quickly devoured and enjoyed. It may be small in length, but it’s big on thought-provoking pathos. Otsuka uses the plural first-person voice — not an easy writing mechanism — to convey the collective, and yet individual, experience of a group […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Stories of entrepreneurial Mississippians are inspirational

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: books, Business, Entrepreneurs, Mississippi

Mississippi Entrepreneurs could be classified as a coffee table book since it’s bound with cloth and has a beautiful Mississippi River scene photo on the dust cover, and has content suitable for browsing. However, it’s more than a coffee table book. It’s something of a history of business in Mississippi and, more importantly, full of […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Mississippi author writes haunting story of family’s WWII secrets

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: books, Business, D-Day, education, Mississippi

I was not familiar with Margaret McMullan, so it was a surprise to find her in the Mississippi section at the newly re-opened Pass Christian Books. The book’s cover, title and brief synopsis intrigued me. Why is she a Mississippi writer? First, let’s discuss the book. The author spent five years researching and writing In […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Mississippian Ellen Gilchrist’s newest book delights

by Published: May 30,2014

Tags: books, Business, Ellen Gilchrist, Mississippi

Mississippi’s own modern-day master of the short story, Ellen Gilchrist, is back in true form. With Acts of God, her first book in eight years, and her 12th book of short stories overall, Gilchrist again pleases those who love her wit, her wry sensibility, and her keen eye for detail. Gilchrist, at 79, has built […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: A native son writes movingly about Detroit’s downfall

The fascinating story of Detroit’s rise and subsequent fall — and whatever the future holds for the city and its beleaguered residents — is something we’ll likely be analyzing for years to come. It’s stunning, really, when you think about the fact that at one point Detroit was the nation’s richest big city, and is […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Lives of blind French girl and Nazi Youth converge in occupied France

by Published: May 9,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

It’s fairly certain All the Light We Cannot See is going to be on the 2014 list of favorite books for a lot of us. It has many of the elements I enjoy in a novel — a World War II background with a specific setting in occupied France; a heart-tugging story; and human emotions […] [...]

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