Archive for the ‘Book Biz’ Category

BOOL BIZ — An old literary form gets new life from a writer on the rise

by For the MBJ Published: April 14,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, reading, writing

For many of us, the word “essay” conjures up thoughts of college application essays or the essay portions from exams in middle school and beyond. Or, perhaps we remember the assigned readings of essays by thinkers like Frenchman Michel de Montaigne (who was the first person to describe his writing as essays back in the […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Learn how eight successful CEOs ran their companies in good times and bad

by For the MBJ Published: April 7,2014

Tags: books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, Outsiders, Warren Buffet, William N. Thorndike Jr.

Suppose someone asked you to name the most successful chief executive officer of the last 50 years. There’s a good chance you’d answer Jack Welch, who served as CEO of General Electric for 20 years (1981 to 2001). Welch became famous for his brash, no-nonsense style of management, his tough attitude and his relentless focus […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival perfect for bookworms

by Lynn Lofton Published: March 28,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

It was a perfect day — good weather, good food, good company and literary seminars. I joined my daughter, LouAnn, for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival last Friday. With the pleasant temperature it was an easy walk from her house to a restaurant on Dumaine Street for lunch. Then on to the Hotel Monteleone […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Coastliners proves small towns can fight back

by Lynn Lofton Published: March 14,2014

Tags: Coastliners, Joanne Harris, Perennial, William Morrow

You don’t have to live on a coast line to enjoy Coastliners. The book is set on the tiny island of Le Devin in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Brittany region of France. Don’t look for this island on a map because it was created by Harris based on childhood visits to […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Revisiting the story of the traders who were too smart for their own good

by For the MBJ Published: March 7,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

By LouAnn Lofton Twenty years ago, a hedge fund in the high-class, big-money New York City suburb of Greenwich, Conn., opened for business. This, in and of itself, was not unusual. Greenwich had been home, and continues to be home, to Wall Street’s elite power brokers. What made this particular fund, Long-Term Capital Management, stand […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Another sweeping novel by Sue Monk Kidd that follows strong women

by Lynn Lofton Published: February 28,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi, retail, Sue Monk Kidd

If you like big sweeping novels that follow characters over a long span of time, and if you’re a fan of Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings is for you. The author of The Secret Life of Bees has penned another bold story about strong women who won’t be held back by circumstances. The […] [...]

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

by For the MBJ 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 Lynn Lofton 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 For the MBJ 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 Lynn Lofton 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 […] [...]

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