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BOOK BIZ — Heartbreak and heroics inside a flooded hospital

Did she or didn’t she? That’s the big question in Sheri Fink’s much-lauded work of nonfiction, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The “Memorial” in the title is the now renamed Ochsner Baptist, located in New Orleans. Nearly ten years ago, after the levees failed following Hurricane Katrina, Baptist, like much of the city, began ...

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BOOK BIZ — Revisiting the life story of a civil rights pioneer

Reading Anne Moody’s searing autobiography of her time growing up in Wilkinson County, I was struck again and again by her bravery. I’d read the book before, years ago, but felt drawn to it again recently, and found it just as powerful now as ever. Born in poverty and raised by a mother who worked multiple jobs to put food ...

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BOOK BIZ — If you haven’t read The Goldfinch, please do

When native Mississippian Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014, all of us Mississippians were proud. Her honor was duly reported in this column, but I didn’t run out and buy it. I wanted to read it, but somehow, at that time, I wasn’t up to the daunting 784 pages. Later, a friend gave ...

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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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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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