Posts Tagged ‘books’

BOOK BIZ — Film star tells all about Hollywood legends and studio system

When Peter Evans was helping Ava Gardner write her biography, he was often awakened in the middle of the night by the aging film star. She confided many interesting, unvarnished tales; stories she didn’t want included in the official biography. Evans began writing about his conversations with Gardner after her death. The revelations are sometimes […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — This book of essays contains something for everyone

by Published: December 4,2014

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

Sometimes you love a book so much that you feel like it’s a travesty if everyone you know doesn’t read it right away. That’s exactly how I felt about Ann Patchett’s collection of essays, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Ann Patchett, is, of course, perhaps best known for her best-selling fiction, including […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — War brides’ true stories are meaningful and inspiring

by Published: November 20,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi, NEWS

This book tells the compelling stories of four English women who married American servicemen during World War II and immigrated to the U.S. when the war was over.  Being addicted to books about WW II, I started reading this book without realizing the stories are true. Learning that the four women are real — with […] [...]

New Anchor Square store in Pascagoula offers kid’s gifts at reasonable prices

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: books, Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NEWS, Pascagoula

By TAMMY LEYTHAM  PASCAGOULA — Business at the newly opened Whimsy Books & Toys is going “unexpectedly” well. Tracy Jackson-Wilson opened the store with her mother-in-law Cathy Johnson in August. It sits in a Katrina cottage in Pascagoula’s Anchor Square, a shopping and dining complex on the west end of Delmas Avenue that serves as […] [...]

BANKING & WRITING — Greenville’s John Black working on third history book

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: banking, books, Business, Greenville, Mississippi, Mississippi Delta

Greenville resident John T. Black didn’t set out to become an author after his retirement from a long banking career. However, through a series of serendipitous events, he has now written two books on Greenville-area history and has started a third that would represent his most ambitious to date. At first glance, banking and writing […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Food snob spends dying hours looking for best flavor of his life

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi, NEWS

We can usually say that if you like one book by an author, you will like others by that same author. I’m not sure that’s the case with Gourmet Rhapsody, written by the author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery. While it’s an entertaining read, Gourmet Rhapsody will not have the wide appeal […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Buckle up for a wild ride in the Jackson drug scene

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

Fasten your seatbelt before delving into Philip Shirley’s second work of fiction, The White Lie. It’s a crime thriller that quickly pulls the reader in for a wild ride. Drug lords in Jackson, Mississippi? Innocent citizens who get pulled into this web of intrigue? That and more are woven into this tight, fast-paced story. The […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Embracing a different approach to end-of-life care

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Book Biz, books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, NEWS

I won’t sugarcoat it: if you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted read, this is not the book for you. However, if you’re interested in how our society and medical community treat end-of-life decisions in the 21st century, Katy Butler’s remarkable Knocking on Heaven’s Door is enlightening, heartbreaking and, at times, enraging. Butler is a journalist […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — The compelling story of an American maverick fighting for fairness

by Published: September 15,2014

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

By focusing on one American furniture magnate fighting to save his company, Beth Macy’s recently published Factory Man paints an effective picture of the broader industry, which has, overall, switched to importing furniture instead of making it stateside. She also highlights the difficult, ongoing implications for thousands of displaced workers, putting faces and names to […] [...]

Robert Khayat wins 2014 Mississippi author award

by Published: August 15,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi, Ole Miss, University of Mississippi

OXFORD, Mississippi — The Mississippi Library Association has announced the winners of the 2014 Mississippi Author Awards. Robert Khayat, author of The Education of a Lifetime (Nautilus), was named Mississippi Author of the Year in the nonfiction category. Previous winners in nonfiction include Eudora Welty, Willie Morris and Margaret Walker. The winner in the fiction category was Michael […] [...]

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