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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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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, and characters who live forever ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — Check out this engaging guidebook to your brain

Is there anything more applicable to each and every one of us than the study of neuroscience? If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on in that head of yours – or, perhaps, what’s going on in the heads of your family, friends, and coworkers – this is the book for you. Written by two neuroscientists, Welcome to Your Brain provides ...

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BOOK BIZ: Book has tool to understand how to motivate employees

Two native Mississippians with years of experience as managers and consultants put their heads together to write a book they believe will be helpful for all kinds of organizations. Through the years they’ve collaborated on clients and had a mutual interest in ways to unlock the growth potential of organizations by better understanding how to motivate individuals. “We all have ...

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LOUANN LOFTON: A funny, fictional look at the Great Recession

The Financial Lives of the Poets is the first work of fiction I’ve read that’s focused on the time period leading up to and during the 2008/2009 financial crisis. The book was written and published quickly, coming out in 2009, as the economy was continuing its downward spiral. Typically, you’d think that literature reacting to swift societal changes would need ...

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LOUANN LOFTON: Jamison gives an exploration of empathy from many angles

Leslie Jamison’s arresting collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, graced more than one “best of” list at the end of 2014. After reading it, I can see why. It’s original, often challenging, and ultimately thought provoking. Not surprisingly, the quest to understand empathy – what it really means and how we come to experience it – ties all the pieces ...

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