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BOOKBIZ — Strunk and White as relevant today as ever

» The Elements of Style (Illustrated edition)  
By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (Illustrated by Maira Kalman)
Published by Penguin Books       
$18.00 softback

Omit needless words.” “Be clear.” “Use the active voice.” “Do not overwrite.” These are just a few highlights from the straightforward instructions found in the classic book The Elements of Style. You may remember it, as so many do, from your high school English composition class. No matter if you graduated 40-years ago or four, this little book is as ...

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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 — 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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BOOK BIZ – Life is about choices, good and bad

» Hausfrau
By Jill Alexander Essbaum
Published by Random House
$26.00 hardback

What makes us choose a particular book to read? The most obvious is that we read a review or a brief synopsis or the dust jacket plot description and it sounds like a story we’d enjoy. Or, it may be the author’s track record and that we’ve read other titles by him or her and liked them. For me with ...

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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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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 — 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: 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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