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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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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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