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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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BOOK BIZ — Looking at the bright side of failure

Spending 320 pages reading about failure may not seem like the most compelling idea, but hear me out. Economics and business journalist Megan McArdle’s first book makes a strong and thought-provoking case for the importance of failure. McArdle walks us through failures of all kinds: her own personal failures, numerous stories of business and entrepreneurial failures and even society’s failures. ...

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BOOK BIZ — Digging into reasons we’re happy, or not

What makes you happy? What’s likely to make you happy in the future? The answers may seem obvious to you, but Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness will show you that they’re actually anything but. This lively book is not a self-help manual, but a work of psychology written for a popular audience. It’s a book I’ve read more than once, ...

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BOOK BIZ — Tuscan tale blends history and mystery

It’s hard to classify The Light in the Ruins. Is it a thriller, a war story, a love story, a murder mystery? It’s all of the above. It’s a gripping tale that takes readers back and forth between the last  years of World War II and 1955 with the perspectives of a young girl in war torn Tuscany, her family ...

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BOOK BIZ: New book provides photographic tour of capital city

Prolific Bay St. Louis photographer Ken Murphy presents another beautiful book of photos that is sure to become a collector’s item. This time the subject is Jackson, Mississippi’s largest and capital city and hub of political and business activity. Jackson is a 183-page photography book with a foreword by Lemuria Bookstore owner John Evans and an introduction by business leader ...

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