Posts Tagged ‘Lynn Lofton’

BOOK BIZ — Girls running a filling station? Girls as pilots in WW II? Yes!

Fannie Flagg has been described as a born storyteller. Who can argue with that? Best known for writing Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which became a hit movie, this Alabama author has written another good book. Pat Conroy says of The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, “A beautifully told tale, world-class humor, […] [...]

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: Robert Khayat’s life has had many twists and turns

by Published: August 30,2013

Tags: Lynn Lofton, Robert Khayat, University of Mississippi

Former Ole Miss chancellor Robert Khayat has written his memoirs and dedicated the book to his family and Ole Miss. He distinguished himself on various fronts that included being an All-American football and baseball player at Ole Miss during his undergraduate years. He went on to become an All-Pro kicker for the Washington Redskins, earn […] [...]

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. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: WW II female spy’s true story is better than fiction

Over and over we’re reminded that truth is often stranger than fiction; many times more interesting, too. This book could be fictitious but it isn’t. Female spies were prevalent in World War II and by numerous accounts performed admirably. Christine Granville is credited with being Winston Churchill’s favorite spy, and a highly decorated one. The […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Poignant, magical tale of young boys on a voyage in the 1950s

by Published: June 28,2013

Tags: Lynn Lofton, Michael Ondaatje, The Cat's Tale

Of course everyone’s tastes are different when it comes to books (and many other things). A friend passed along The Cat’s Table with the unsolicited comment that she didn’t like it. I started to buy it when it came out a year ago, mainly because it was written by Michael Ondaatje, Booker Prize winning author […] [...]

Singing River Mall going open air with new multi-million facelift

Change is coming to Singing River Mall in Gautier. Elements are being put in place to turn the aging traditional enclosed mall into an open air lifestyle shopping center in this city of 19,000 which draws shoppers from surrounding Jackson County. No construction start date has been named for the multi-million-dollar project. “There’s no definite […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: This book is calling all readers who love Tuscany

by Published: May 17,2013

Tags: Ben Downing, Lynn Lofton, Queen Bee of Tuscany

If, like many people, you’re enamored with Tuscany, you’ll want to read this book when it’s released in mid-June. It’s a biography of an amazing woman who lived in Italy from the time of the unification of the Italian states in the 19th century (Risorgimento) to the rise of fascism. We feature a lot of […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Enjoy English wit and adventure with Aunt Augusta

by Published: April 26,2013

Tags: Graham Green, Lynn Lofton, Travels with My Aunt

The late English writer Graham Greene was a true wordsmith who could turn a simple phrase into a magical sentence. In Travels with My Aunt he is in good form and at his most entertaining. It’s humorous in the dry-English-wit style. I’m a fan of Greene’s writing but had missed this book until recently. The […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: A book that finds a way to delight all the senses

by Published: April 5,2013

Tags: John Saturnall's Feast, Lawrence Norfolk, Lynn Lofton

Among the wonderful reasons to speak face-to-face with booksellers is learning of writers and books we didn’t previously know. Such was the case when I met Amanda Mallory at Square Books while on a recent visit to Oxford. A young, full-time bookseller, she’s been at Square Books two years. Mallory’s enthusiasm for John Saturnall’s Feast […] [...]

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