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BOOKBIZ — Strunk and White as relevant today as ever

» The Elements of Style (Illustrated edition)  
By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (Illustrated by Maira Kalman)
Published by Penguin Books       
$18.00 softback

Omit needless words.” “Be clear.” “Use the active voice.” “Do not overwrite.” These are just a few highlights from the straightforward instructions found in the classic book The Elements of Style. You may remember it, as so many do, from your high school English composition class. No matter if you graduated 40-years ago or four, this little book is as ...

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BOOKBIZ — An exploration into Patti Smith’s mind and memories

» M Train  
By Patti Smith 
Published by Alfred A. Knopf       
$25.00 hardback

Patti Smith is a woman of many talents. She’s an accomplished performer, visual artist, and photographer, as well as a punk-rock icon and poet. With the publication of her exceptional memoir Just Kids in 2010, she added National Book Award winner to the list. In Just Kids (which I liked so much I read it twice within a year) Smith ...

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BOOKBIZ — A breathtaking debut novel that doesn’t disappoint


Literary agent and author Bill Clegg is no stranger to the best-seller list, whether from the agent’s side or the writer’s. His own success as an author came several years ago with the publication of his two memoirs, which dealt with addiction and his subsequent recovery. Now, he’s returned with his outstanding fiction debut, the beautiful and poignant Did You ...

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BOOK BIZ — Read this Mississippi native’s impressive debut novel

» Three Rivers  
By Tiffany Quay Tyson
Published by Thomas Dunne Books   
$25.99 hardback

Jackson, Mississippi native Tiffany Quay Tyson’s evocative debut novel, Three Rivers, explores the meaning and the pull of family, place, and expectations. Tyson creates three parallel but ultimately interconnected stories filled with characters that readers will ultimately both relate to and root for. The book opens with Melody Mahaffey receiving a letter from her mother, calling her home to the ...

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BOOK BIZ — Plots, intrigue and murder at kindergarten? yes

» Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty
Published by Penquin
$16.00 paperback

I don’t know how to categorize this book. Well, yes, it’s fiction, but how do I describe it after that? At times while reading it, I thought it’s a spoof because of the word picture it paints of raising children today and the competitive nature — among some circles — of everything involving children, including kindergarten. The book definitely has ...

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BOOK BIZ — A riveting look at the dangers of texting and driving

» A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age 
By Matt Richtel 
Published by William Morrow      
$15.99 softback

Texting and driving is dangerous and irresponsible. Until I read the exceptionally well-written A Deadly Wandering, though, I had no idea how terrifying it truly is. And I say “terrifying” because after you read it, you’ll quickly start noticing how many people around you are messing around on their phones when their eyes should be on the road and their ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — A complicated look at modern American medicine


The state of medicine in America today leaves something to be desired, whether you’re a patient or a physician. In his eye-opening second book, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist and heart failure specialist, details the way things stand, explains how we got here, and describes what it means to be a doctor in ...

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BOOK BIZ — Narcissistic fashion world background for tale of friendship


This award-winning book is an odd story — sometimes twisted — that compels the reader to continue to the end. First published in 2005 and again in 2006, it’s the story of a 20-year friendship between two women as told through the thoughts of a stumbling, wreck-of-a-life former model, Alison. Veronica is the eccentric middle-aged office temp who somehow strikes ...

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BOOK BIZ — Hard questions about humanity set against the Holocaust


Writer and conservationist Peter Matthiessen’s last book, In Paradise, was published just a few days after his death in April 2014. He was known for writing both fiction and nonfiction, and for being the only writer ever to win National Book Awards for both. However, Matthiessen himself believed that he was primarily a fiction writer at heart, so it’s fitting ...

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