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BOOK BIZ — Celebrating the brain’s amazing ability to change

For many years, the prevailing view in brain science held up three beliefs as staunch truth. First, that once past certain developmental stages, our brains were unable to adapt or grow in any significant way. Next, that when parts of the brain were damaged, either from disease or by accident or injury, that damage was largely permanent. And third, that ...

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BOOK BIZ — Learning about memoir from a master of the genre

Everyone has a story to tell. For some among us, the hope of connecting our own personal story to the larger human narrative drives us to write and share what happened. But even if you, instead, just prefer to read others’ true-life stories, Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir proves to be a thoughtful investigation into the popular literary form. ...

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BOOK BIZ — Short novella full of drama and life lessons

Graham Greene was one of the most prolific — and to my mind, one of the best — writers in the English language. Among my favorites are The Quiet American, Travels with my Aunt and Our Man in Havana. Greene was a master of the novel, short story and movie script, and of adapting his own books into movie scripts. ...

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BOOKBIZ — A seasoned therapist’s advice for a meaningful life

For many of us, the start of a new year brings the desire to engage in a little self-reflection, to change for the better, and to be the person we all believe we can be when we look deep down inside. Whether we’re vowing to finally get control of our eating and exercise habits or to make our family and ...

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BOOKBIZ — Books and travel in France can cure what ails you

All things Paris are of interest these days, but for some of us it’s always been that way. This book takes us on a voyage with Jean Perdu on his barge, the Literary Apothecary. For years he had it moored on the Seine in Paris where he prescribed books for shoppers according to their needs or issues in their lives. ...

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BOOK BIZ — An Englishman adjusts to his new Mississippi Delta home

It sounds like the start of a classic fish-out-of-water tale: take one man from England who’s been living in New York City, plop him down in a tiny town in the Mississippi Delta, and hilarity ensues. It’s a true story, though, and Richard Grant writes about his adventures in the entertaining and enlightening Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in ...

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BOOK BIZ — Books are the perfect gifts this season

Really, is there any better holiday gift than a book? Well, maybe a large sum of money, but let’s not be crass. Readers are always thrilled to receive a new book and non-readers like to display coffee table books with lots of pretty photos. The University Press of Mississippi’s current catalog has something for everyone this gift-giving season. These titles ...

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BOOKBIZ — Strunk and White as relevant today as ever

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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