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BOOK BIZ — Rethinking what defines an underdog and how they manage to win

by Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Book Biz, Business, Mississippi, The New York Times

Author Malcolm Gladwell has made a career out of taking conventional wisdom and turning it on its head. Whether he’s explaining how seemingly small events transform themselves into trends (The Tipping Point), or how protégés and experts are made and not born (Outliers), or how what we perceive as instinct may not be (Blink), his […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Author guides readers through elegant French Riviera society

by Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, Downton Abbey, Mississippi, The Suitors

One reviewer called this book “Downton Abbey in the South of France set in the current century.” For the many fans of this PBS Masterpiece series, that’s high praise and probably enough to get them reading Cecile David-Weill’s witty, fun book about two sisters who scheme to save their family’s home on the beautiful French […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — When it comes to money, your brain may be your worst enemy

by Published: February 7,2014

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

Thinking back to our high school or college economics classes, most of us probably learned that when it comes to making economic decisions, humans can be trusted to act rationally. We carefully weigh available information, think through the probabilities, and make our decisions based strictly on cold, hard logic. The truth, as it turns out, […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Jeeves and Bertie spring back to life with humor in tact

by Published: January 31,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

Fans of Wodehouse’s bumbling Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves will relish this homage to the author and these comic English characters. Although Wodehouse died in 1975, Faulks has brought Bertie and Jeeves back to life in a romping good imitation. Wodehouse purists may grumble and grouse that the new book sullies the memory […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Learn how local companies can make the best investments

by Published: January 24,2014

Tags: books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi

Think that money-making market-beating investment opportunities are only to be found in far-off places? Or that Wall Street’s got a lock on uncovering great companies with excellent long-term prospects? Peter Ricchiuti, who’s been teaching finance and investing at Tulane for the past 27 years, would ask you, politely, to think again. In his new book, […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Gone Girl is devilishly dark thriller

by Published: January 17,2014

Tags: books, Business, Gone Girl, Mississippi, new york times

Upon finishing this engrossing book, I gave a sigh of relief that it was over and moaned at the unsatisfactory ending. Even though the book has had lots of buzz, I probably would not have read it had my book club not chosen it as the January selection. The member who pitched it claimed the […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Looking back at interesting year for books

by Published: January 10,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi

Taking a quick look back, 2013 was an interesting year for Book Biz, and it’s time to choose picks and pans. A variety of newly released books and older books were reviewed and hopefully there was something for everyone’s tastes. It seems not as many books were published by Mississippi writers, or we didn’t hear […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — A new look at the world of sales

by Published: January 10,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi, Warren Buffett

Quick, answer the following question: “Are you in sales?” Unless your profession involves selling insurance, or cars, or something else specific, you’re likely to answer this question with a resounding “no.” But not so fast, according to best-selling author Daniel Pink’s newest book, To Sell Is Human. In it, he argues persuasively that though the […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: The Kitchen House— a big, full story — is a page turner

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi

G et ready for a big, full story when you read this book. There are lots of richly drawn characters set against antebellum days in Virginia, but it’s all about the story and this story grabs the reader’s attention and won’t let go. The story begins in 1791 when a young white girl, Lavinia, is […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Greenblatt has a worthy and fun-to-read book on investing

by Published: December 13,2013

Tags: books, Business, Greenblatt, Mississippi

If you’re looking for a brief and understandable introduction to the complex world of the financial markets, The Little Book That Beats the Market might be for you. Written by hedge fund veteran Joel Greenblatt partly as a way to explain what he does for a living to his five children, it’s an accessible take […] [...]

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