Posts Tagged ‘Book Biz’

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 — The story behind the best investors you’ve never heard of

by Published: October 3,2013

Tags: Book Biz, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi

Shelby Davis may not be a household name, compared, say, to one famous value investor from Omaha, but the story of his life — and his son’s and grandsons’ lives — makes for a fascinating read. The elder Davis started investing in stocks at age 38, and by the time of his death at 85, […] [...]

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: Beautiful Ruins is a tale of two worlds

by Published: August 23,2013

Tags: Beautiful Ruins, Book Biz, Jess Walter, Lynn Lofton

Jess Walter is a new author for me. Beautiful Ruins is his sixth novel and was named one of the 100 Notable Books for 2012 by the New York Times Book Review. It’s an unusual book with a twisting plot that moves from the 1960s to the present day again and again without being confusing. […] [...]

Godfather of Soul influenced artists of three decades

by Published: July 8,2012

Tags: Book Biz, James Brown, music, soul

The Godfather of Soul is no longer physically with us, but his legend and his music live on. A controversial figure, James Brown appealed to a wide range of individuals. I’ve always liked his raw, earthy music. He served time in prison and upon release was asked if he had a comment. He did. It […] [...]

Who are Mississippi’s greatest football players? Book has the scoop

Books about football are popping up all over Mississippi — imagine that! Doubtless, many coffee tables across the state will be graced by “Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time”, and lots of men will happily find this book under the Christmas tree this year. This book’s 160 pages and photographs is sure to […] [...]

Book details the football Nirvana that is Mississippi junior college football

There are more than a few football fans in Mississippi and rivalry within the state is intense. None is more intense or more colorful than the rivalry among the state’s 14 community colleges, formerly called junior colleges. Fans, former players and coaches and alumni can read all about it in the Mississippi Sports Council’s recent […] [...]

Books about Delta history and Eudora Welty’s garden have wide interest among Mississippians

Because they love to read books, share them with others and of course sell them, booksellers sometimes find it difficult to recommend just one book. That’s the case with Hugh McCormick, owner of McCormick Book Inn in Greenville. With an eye toward the upcoming gift-giving holidays, he enthusiastically recommends a book published in 2000 and […] [...]

The Night Circus creates magical world where readers want to linger

by Published: October 16,2011

Tags: Book Biz, Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, “The Night Circus,” has quickly created a buzz and is receiving good reviews. Summit Entertainment has already purchased the movie rights. Morgenstern, a Smith College theater graduate and visual artist, says she doesn’t care which actors play the parts but she’s very interested in the costumes. The book is set in […] [...]

Tale of WW II German occupation of Guernsey Island is remarkable tale

Most often we review and herald newly published books in this column, but that isn’t a requirement. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” was published a few years ago and is a jewel of a book. Less than 300 pages, it’s an entertaining read full of drama, wit, history and charm. It chronicles […] [...]

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