Archive for the ‘Book Biz’ Category

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 […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Winter’s story tells of fight for racial reconciliation and education

by Published: December 6,2013

Tags: Business, governor, Mississippi, Politics, Racism, Williams Winter

It’s hard to imagine a name more recognizable in Mississippi politics than William F. Winter. He has been a bold leader and part of — as well as witness to — many changes that have indeed helped to create the New Mississippi. Born in 1923 in Grenada, Winter’s political career spanned six decades. He served […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — This short story master delivers another impressive collection

by Published: November 29,2013

Tags: Alice Munro, books, Business, Mississippi

In Dear Life, her 14th book of short stories, Alice Munro revisits the territory and topics that have endeared her to readers for years. Set mostly in the rural Canadian countryside she calls home, Munro weaves tales of regret, of unfulfilled lives, of children trying to make sense of the confounding things the adults around […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — This fictionalized account of the Iraq War is unforgettable

by Published: November 22,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi, Warren Buffett

Nominated for the National Book Award and written by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds is a work of fiction that shares its lineage with books like Slaughterhouse Five and The Things They Carried. Just as Kurt Vonnegut served in Dresden during WWII and Tim O’Brien served in Vietnam, Powers served in Iraq. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Someone is out to get this Southern Marilyn look-alike

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

We all know eccentric Southern characters. They live in our towns; they may even be related to us. And certainly they populate our Southern literature. When asked why Southern writers so often used these types of characters in books, Carson McCullers replied that it’s because we can still recognize them. Well, Calista McQueen, the heroine […] [...]

BOOK BIZ by Louann Lofton: Inside one of India’s slums, there’s hard work and heartache

by Published: November 8,2013

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

India, the rising economic superpower still mired in many problems from its past, is home to 1.2 billion of the earth’s human inhabitants and one-third of the world’s impoverished people. Roughly 55 percent of India’s children suffer from malnutrition. In a land where the promise of a brighter economic future beckons, and signs of flashy […] [...]

This spy novel, Sweet Tooth, is not the usual thriller

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: authors, books, Business, literature, Mississippi

English writer Ian McEwan has 15 books to his credit and has won all the major awards for literature in Great Britain; most notably the Man Booker Prize for Atonement. Sweet Tooth was published last year and is now out in paperback. As a novel in a vein different from McEwan’s other books, it doesn’t […] [...]

LOFTON — Reading literature boosts empathy and emotional intelligence

by Published: October 25,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

Would you believe that reading can actually make you better at perceiving the emotional states of those around you? A recent study out of the New School for Social Research in New York City supports this notion, but interestingly, it’s not just reading any old thing that brings about these results. Specifically, those who read […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Indulge in a wine-splashed, sun-kissed Provencal escapade with this book

by Published: October 18,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Lynn Lofton, Mississippi

Just for fun — especially if you like France — read The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle. He’s the English expatriate who fell in love with the sunny South of France about 20 years ago and never returned to chilly, damp England. His first book, A Year in Provence, recounted the perils and joys of […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Dark Mississippi tale of 1927 is one to savor

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

We claim a lot of good writers in Mississippi — those who are born here and those who come here to work and write. The latter is the case with Franklin and Fennelly, a married couple who lives in Oxford and teaches at the University of Mississippi. With their good track records we’re proud to […] [...]

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