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BOOKBIZ — A book for cultivating your inner courage


  Maybe it’s an idea for a start-up that you keep talking yourself out of. Or a new line of business for your company that you believe would improve your fortunes tremendously, but would be something of a risk to pursue. Or it could be finally sticking with an exercise routine – no matter how painful it is at first ...

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BOOKBIZ — A unique, chilling vision of the post-apocalyptic world

» Far North
By Marcel Theroux  
Published by Picador     
$16.00 softback

It seems to be part of the human condition that, along with wondering about our own mortality, we inevitably think about the end of the world, or the end of time, as well. When will it come? What will it look like? What will be left? Who will be to blame? Vivid explorations of these questions, whether in movies or ...

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BOOK BIZ — Sales brisk for three cookbooks published in Mississippi


Books of all genre are associated with Mississippi, thanks to our literary tradition. So it’s great news that Quail Ridge Press, a small publishing company based in Brandon, has three titles ranking high on various sales lists. The three are cookbooks — Deep South Dish: Homestyle Southern Recipes by Mary Foreman, The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook by George Stella and Slow ...

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BOOK BIZ: This classic story of the Himalayas endures


In writer and naturalist Peter Matthiessen’s beloved nonfiction work The Snow Leopard, we’re transported to the far-away land of the Himalayas, as he joins biologist George Schaller on a quest to study the rare blue sheep of that region. Both Schaller and Matthiessen hope to catch a glance of the elusive and near-mythic snow leopard, as well, as it stalks ...

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BOOK BIZ — An American literary legend explores life and love


Acclaimed short-story writer and poet Raymond Carver created a world in his writing that was much like his own hard Oregon upbringing: sparse and challenging, sparing no one heartbreak. Heavy drinkers and disillusioned people making bad choices fill Carver’s work. Credited with helping launch a resurgence in the modern American short story in the late 70s/early 80s, he died of ...

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BOOK BIZ – Life is about choices, good and bad

» Hausfrau
By Jill Alexander Essbaum
Published by Random House
$26.00 hardback

What makes us choose a particular book to read? The most obvious is that we read a review or a brief synopsis or the dust jacket plot description and it sounds like a story we’d enjoy. Or, it may be the author’s track record and that we’ve read other titles by him or her and liked them. For me with ...

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BOOKBIZ: Do we contain the seeds of morality at birth?

» Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil    
By Paul Bloom 
Published by Broadway Books    
$15.00 softback

Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Do we develop our morality from our specific culture or religious teachings, or are there some universal facets to it that all of us, as humans, possess? And what do we even mean by the word “morality?” How can we define it in way that everyone can relate to when ...

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BOOK BIZ — This story of orchids and Florida captivates

» The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Passion and Obsession    
By Susan Orlean 
Published by Ballantine Books    
$14.95 softback

Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief is, quite simply, a wonder. You’ll find yourself fascinated (perhaps unexpectedly) by all the twists and turns and divergent paths Orlean takes you on. Inspired by a small newspaper article she read about the arrest of four men (three Seminoles, one white) for the theft of rare orchids from a protected Florida swamp, in Orlean’s ...

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