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BOOK BIZ: Sherlock Holmes is a worthy mental model

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Whether you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan from the original books and short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or perhaps from one of the many adaptations for the screen (both big and small), you’ve likely always been impressed by the detective’s mental acuity and uncanny abilities of observation. Holmes solves crimes other detectives give up on and points out faulty ...

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BOOK BIZ: Donna Tartt’s first book stands the test of time

With the publication of her third novel, The Goldfinch, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Mississippian Donna Tartt’s place in literary history was assured. Her first book, The Secret History, is every bit as fascinating and has been hooking readers with its blend of chilling mystery and social commentary since its publication in 1992. Born in Greenwood and ...

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BOOK BIZ: Coast resident publishes cookbook all about home cooking

There’s a new cookbook on the scene and it’s an outstanding addition to any collection. It all started for cookbook author and blogger Mary Foreman with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. At that time she was working in the corporate legal department of one of the Coast’s larger gaming companies. With the offices destroyed and the future on the Coast ...

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BOOK BIZ: Story set in Amsterdam is compelling, full of surprises

What an unusual book this is. After almost 400 pages it left me with unanswered questions and wanting more. It’s set in a time and place that’s unfamiliar — Amsterdam in the late 17th Century. Even in that era, this illustrious city was ahead of its time in some ways and was a booming, prosperous place. Much of that prosperity ...

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BOOK BIZ: This novel is not for the faint of heart

Andre Dubus’ House of Sand and Fog is a story of contrasts, of the twists and turns of fate, and of the modern pursuit of the American dream. Compulsively readable, this National Book Award nominee will keep you on edge throughout, as you try to decide, again and again, which character’s right, and which is wrong. On the one hand, ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — The father of the index fund on the good life

When John Bogle founded Vanguard and launched the first-ever index fund in 1975, many in the financial services industry thought there was no way he’d succeed. Forty impressive years later, however, his critics have been silenced and his role as the conscience of the investing world is assured. Bogle has proven that you can, in fact, succeed by putting the ...

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LOUANN LOFTON: A book of maps for lovers of New Orleans

New Orleans is suffused with history, with mystery, with violence, and with sublime beauty. From shrimp po-boys to extravagant Mardi Gras floats, from the enormous live oaks lining St. Charles Avenue like silent, ancient sentries to second-line parades with loud brass bands weaving their way over pothole-laden streets, New Orleans leaves an impression. Trying to understand and make sense of ...

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BOOK BIZ — Gripping tale of intrigue shows dark side of Paris

I’m a sucker for books with Paris in the title. Undoubtedly, many readers feel the same about the City of Light. However, this novel portrays a dark side of the French capital. The season, winter, is almost a character in the book. It’s a cold and bleak backdrop amidst the art and culture of Paris. This story of deceit and ...

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