Posts Tagged ‘books’

BOOK BIZ by Louann Lofton: Inside one of India’s slums, there’s hard work and heartache

by 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 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 […] [...]

LOFTON — Reading literature boosts empathy and emotional intelligence

by Published: October 25,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

Would you believe that reading can actually make you better at perceiving the emotional states of those around you? A recent study out of the New School for Social Research in New York City supports this notion, but interestingly, it’s not just reading any old thing that brings about these results. Specifically, those who read […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Indulge in a wine-splashed, sun-kissed Provencal escapade with this book

by Published: October 18,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Lynn Lofton, Mississippi

Just for fun — especially if you like France — read The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle. He’s the English expatriate who fell in love with the sunny South of France about 20 years ago and never returned to chilly, damp England. His first book, A Year in Provence, recounted the perils and joys of […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Dark Mississippi tale of 1927 is one to savor

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

We claim a lot of good writers in Mississippi — those who are born here and those who come here to work and write. The latter is the case with Franklin and Fennelly, a married couple who lives in Oxford and teaches at the University of Mississippi. With their good track records we’re proud to […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Choctaw Books closes doors after 3 decades of book business

Choctaw Books owner Fred Smith is emphatic that customers understand why all of his books are marked down 30 percent. “It’s a store closing sale. I’m not going out of business,” Smith says from behind a desk piled high with books and appraisal orders. “Its not like I’m dying.” It’s been a busy month for […] [...]

State’s booksellers are skeptical of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding, the Internet’s trendy new way to fund everything from music videos to medical procedures, has caught the eye of independent booksellers struggling to keep their doors open. The New York Times recently reported that book dealers in San Francisco and New York City were resorting to asking for donations on popular crowdfunding sites like […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Exciting first novel from Kent Wascom

by Published: July 5,2013

Tags: books, Kent Wascom, The Blood of Heaven

The accolades are rolling in for 27-year-old Kent Wascom’s first novel, The Blood of Heaven. I’ve been amazed in recent years by the plethora of debut novels that garner high praise. However, young Wascom’s book is rising to the top of the heap. Here’s what Publishers Weekly’s Steve Yarbrough had to say. “When you read […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: This rebellious Rothschild was ahead of her time

by Published: June 21,2013

Tags: books, Hannah Rothschild, The Baroness, Winston Churchill

This is the fascinating story of a member of a fascinating family and written by a member of that family. The Baroness is the biography — or search for, as the subtitle says — of Nica, the rebellious Rothschild. By the time Nica was born in England in 1913, the Rothschilds were several generations removed […] [...]

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