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BOOK BIZ — Burdened with secrets, a family struggles to rebuild a home in 22 Britannia Road

by Published: September 13,2013

Tags: 22 Britannia Road, Amanda Hodgkinson, Book Biz, Business, Mississippi

This work of fiction is an astonishing first novel that chronicles a family’s struggle to create a home in the aftermath of World War II. It’s a good read and according to some reviewers is earning comparisons to Sophie’s Choice and Sarah’s Key. I don’t put it in the league with those two outstanding novels, […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Ode to independent bookstores, like Choctaw Books

by Published: September 6,2013

Tags: books, Business, Choctaw Books, Denver, literature, Mississippi, Stephen White

Goodbye Choctaw Books. It’s always sad when any bookstore closes its doors for the final time, but especially an independent bookstore. We are so very fortunate in Mississippi to still have a number of independent bookstores. That may be because the state is made up of small towns where big chain bookstores will not set […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: WW II female spy’s true story is better than fiction

Over and over we’re reminded that truth is often stranger than fiction; many times more interesting, too. This book could be fictitious but it isn’t. Female spies were prevalent in World War II and by numerous accounts performed admirably. Christine Granville is credited with being Winston Churchill’s favorite spy, and a highly decorated one. The […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: “Red Azalea” candidly describes living in Mao’s China

by Published: July 19,2013

Tags: Anchee Min, Knopf Doubleday, Red Azalea

When asked if she has any hobbies, Kim Compton answers without hesitation that she has an addiction to books. I must say I’ve never heard a love of reading expressed that way, but I sure like it. That’s why book recommendations from Compton are taken seriously. Compton, economic development director for the Hancock County Port […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Intrigue, code breaking, mystery at No. 10 Downing Street

by Published: May 10,2013

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Mr. Churchill’s Secretary is a work of fiction, but there are enough historical figures and facts to make it authentic. It’s a blend of fact and fiction. The author researched many sources, including journals and other accounts written by real people who worked on Winston Churchill’s staff during the turbulent days of World War II. […] [...]

If you could have only 10 books on your shelf, what would they be?

What are your favorite books? The ones you will always have on your bookshelf and that define who you are? Those are agonizing question for book lovers to answer. How to choose from a vast array of books that have touched our lives in various ways and at different stages of life? My Ideal Bookshelf […] [...]

Occupied Paris full of adventure for American woman

by Published: February 15,2013

Tags: French Resistance, Paris, Portugal, war, World War II

“The Last Time I Saw Paris” by Lynn Sheene It’s difficult to imagine that anyone in 1940 — even a Manhattan socialite — could have been unaware that German forces had moved into Paris. However, those were the days without instant news at everyone’s finger tips. As improbable as it may be, it makes a […] [...]

Amaze friends with fun facts about Mississippi

You would not want to get into an argument or game about Mississippi trivia with D.K. White. The Jackson writer and collector of trivial facts would surely win. His lifelong hobby of researching and collecting obscure facts was published last October in a slim 96-page volume with a name almost longer than the book. For […] [...]

Prize-winning investigative reporter’s memoir released this month

by Published: January 31,2013

Tags: Jack Nelson, Scoop, The Race Beat

“Scoop” is another fine example of a Mississippi publishing house presenting a book written by and about an outstanding Mississippian. It’s Jack Nelson’s memoir and was edited after his death by Matusow, his wife of 35 years. She will be at the 20th-annual Oxford Conference for the Book March 22. Nelson died in 2009 at […] [...]

N.C. mountains are the main characters of Thirteen Moons

by Published: January 25,2013

Tags: Charles Frazier, Lynn Lofton, Thirteen Moons

Although we mostly feature newly released books in Book Biz, that’s not a requirement for a mention here. I sometimes go to my bookshelves in search of something to read and discover a book I’ve previously passed over for one reason or another. If I enjoy it, I wonder why I didn’t read it sooner. […] [...]

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