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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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BOOK BIZ: Lisa Howorth's first novel opens old family secrets

In the spirit of supporting Mississippi writers and Mississippi independent bookstores, we’re doing both this week by shining the spotlight on Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, co-owner of Square Books in Oxford. It’s her first novel and is receiving high praise from reviewers across the country. Although not a native Mississippian, Howorth moved to Oxford in the early 1970s because ...

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BOOK BIZ — Story of Japanese brides told with pathos and beauty

Published in 2011, this book is a gem and at only 129 pages can be quickly devoured and enjoyed. It may be small in length, but it’s big on thought-provoking pathos. Otsuka uses the plural first-person voice — not an easy writing mechanism — to convey the collective, and yet individual, experience of a group of young Japanese women brought ...

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BOOK BIZ — Stories of entrepreneurial Mississippians are inspirational

Mississippi Entrepreneurs could be classified as a coffee table book since it’s bound with cloth and has a beautiful Mississippi River scene photo on the dust cover, and has content suitable for browsing. However, it’s more than a coffee table book. It’s something of a history of business in Mississippi and, more importantly, full of inspiring stories of 72 people ...

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