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BOOK BIZ: Book has tool to understand how to motivate employees

Two native Mississippians with years of experience as managers and consultants put their heads together to write a book they believe will be helpful for all kinds of organizations. Through the years they’ve collaborated on clients and had a mutual interest in ways to unlock the growth potential of organizations by better understanding how to motivate individuals. “We all have ...

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LOUANN LOFTON: A funny, fictional look at the Great Recession

The Financial Lives of the Poets is the first work of fiction I’ve read that’s focused on the time period leading up to and during the 2008/2009 financial crisis. The book was written and published quickly, coming out in 2009, as the economy was continuing its downward spiral. Typically, you’d think that literature reacting to swift societal changes would need ...

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LOUANN LOFTON: Jamison gives an exploration of empathy from many angles

Leslie Jamison’s arresting collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, graced more than one “best of” list at the end of 2014. After reading it, I can see why. It’s original, often challenging, and ultimately thought provoking. Not surprisingly, the quest to understand empathy – what it really means and how we come to experience it – ties all the pieces ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The crazy world of book buying and selling

Amazon has disrupted the book world again. Last year there was a dispute with a major publisher over who set the price of e-books – the publisher or the distributor. This time the quarrel is with self-published authors and others who view Amazon’s recently released Kindle Unlimited as a threat to the incomes of authors. Kindle Unlimited is an Amazon ...

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LOUANN LOFTON: A new twist on dystopian fiction

If I were to tell you that a book about the end of the world (as we know it) could somehow leave you optimistic and encouraged, I doubt you’d believe me. But the incredible novel Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, would prove me right, despite its often harrowing twists and turns. A finalist for this year’s National Book ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — Story of a physician’s early years is inspiring

Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar’s memoir, Intern, about his residency at a New York City hospital is a touching, honest account of the difficulties young doctors face when they leave medical school and attempt to become practicing physicians. In particular, the first year of residency, known as internship, is legendarily grueling and the learning curve steep. Even those of us not in ...

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