Posts Tagged ‘books’

BOOK BIZ — Gone Girl is devilishly dark thriller

by Lynn Lofton Published: January 17,2014

Tags: books, Business, Gone Girl, Mississippi, new york times

Upon finishing this engrossing book, I gave a sigh of relief that it was over and moaned at the unsatisfactory ending. Even though the book has had lots of buzz, I probably would not have read it had my book club not chosen it as the January selection. The member who pitched it claimed the […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Looking back at interesting year for books

by Lynn Lofton Published: January 10,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi

Taking a quick look back, 2013 was an interesting year for Book Biz, and it’s time to choose picks and pans. A variety of newly released books and older books were reviewed and hopefully there was something for everyone’s tastes. It seems not as many books were published by Mississippi writers, or we didn’t hear […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — A new look at the world of sales

by For the MBJ Published: January 10,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi, Warren Buffett

Quick, answer the following question: “Are you in sales?” Unless your profession involves selling insurance, or cars, or something else specific, you’re likely to answer this question with a resounding “no.” But not so fast, according to best-selling author Daniel Pink’s newest book, To Sell Is Human. In it, he argues persuasively that though the […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: The Kitchen House— a big, full story — is a page turner

by Lynn Lofton Published: December 20,2013

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi

G et ready for a big, full story when you read this book. There are lots of richly drawn characters set against antebellum days in Virginia, but it’s all about the story and this story grabs the reader’s attention and won’t let go. The story begins in 1791 when a young white girl, Lavinia, is […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Greenblatt has a worthy and fun-to-read book on investing

by For the MBJ 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 — This short story master delivers another impressive collection

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

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