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BOOK BIZ — Reading life leads to writing life for Pat Conroy

It’s always interesting to learn what writers read and what books have influenced them the most. It’s impossible to be a writer and not read. In Pat Conroy’s case he started reading voraciously at a young age. We all read for a variety of reasons. For this outstanding American writer there were multiple reasons to lose himself in books. All ...

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BOOK BIZ — Buckle up for a wild ride in the Jackson drug scene

Fasten your seatbelt before delving into Philip Shirley’s second work of fiction, The White Lie. It’s a crime thriller that quickly pulls the reader in for a wild ride. Drug lords in Jackson, Mississippi? Innocent citizens who get pulled into this web of intrigue? That and more are woven into this tight, fast-paced story. The characters are fictitious, but anyone ...

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BOOK BIZ — Embracing a different approach to end-of-life care

I won’t sugarcoat it: if you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted read, this is not the book for you. However, if you’re interested in how our society and medical community treat end-of-life decisions in the 21st century, Katy Butler’s remarkable Knocking on Heaven’s Door is enlightening, heartbreaking and, at times, enraging. Butler is a journalist and brings an investigative depth ...

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BOOK BIZ: A novel look at the effects of scarcity on our lives

The word “scarcity” in the context of economics typically calls up thoughts about how to most efficiently allocate scarce resources. Whether we’re talking about companies turning limited inputs into profitable ventures or governments choosing where best to spend tax revenue, economics is a social science dedicated to studying scarcity. Behavioral economics professors Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir explore this theme, ...

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BOOK BIZ — The compelling story of an American maverick fighting for fairness

By focusing on one American furniture magnate fighting to save his company, Beth Macy’s recently published Factory Man paints an effective picture of the broader industry, which has, overall, switched to importing furniture instead of making it stateside. She also highlights the difficult, ongoing implications for thousands of displaced workers, putting faces and names to facts and figures. John D. ...

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BOOK BIZ — Learning the realities of life after college with My Salinger Year

Any reading, word-loving, literary-minded person will identify with Joanna Rakoff and her desire to immerse herself in the literary world of books, authors and publishing. And where to fulfill this dream? New York City, of course. In the 1990s, Rakoff leaves graduate school and takes a job as a poorly paid assistant at a famous literary agency in the Big ...

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BOOK BIZ: A fascinating look at historical characters

Sigmund Freud,  an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis, is one of the most famous names in medicine. His break through research led to major changes in the treatment of psychiatry. Not a lot of information is documented about his relationship with Minna Bernays, his wife’s sister, thought to have been Freud’s confidante and mistress. ...

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BOOK BIZ — An inspiring, instructive look at a value-investing great with Investing the Templeton Way

One word sprung to mind repeatedly as I read Investing the Templeton Way: courage. Simply put, courage defined the life and times of the renowned global value investor Sir John Templeton, and reading about how he approached investing left me both impressed and inspired. Born in 1912 in the small town of Winchester, Tennessee, Templeton would go on to pioneer ...

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