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BOOK BIZ — Burdened with secrets, a family struggles to rebuild a home in 22 Britannia Road

This work of fiction is an astonishing first novel that chronicles a family’s struggle to create a home in the aftermath of World War II. It’s a good read and according to some reviewers is earning comparisons to Sophie’s Choice and Sarah’s Key. I don’t put it in the league with those two outstanding novels, but it tells a compelling ...

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BOOK BIZ: Beautiful Ruins is a tale of two worlds

Jess Walter is a new author for me. Beautiful Ruins is his sixth novel and was named one of the 100 Notable Books for 2012 by the New York Times Book Review. It’s an unusual book with a twisting plot that moves from the 1960s to the present day again and again without being confusing. The action takes place on ...

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Godfather of Soul influenced artists of three decades

The Godfather of Soul is no longer physically with us, but his legend and his music live on. A controversial figure, James Brown appealed to a wide range of individuals. I’ve always liked his raw, earthy music. He served time in prison and upon release was asked if he had a comment. He did. It was a pithy and totally ...

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Who are Mississippi’s greatest football players? Book has the scoop

Books about football are popping up all over Mississippi — imagine that! Doubtless, many coffee tables across the state will be graced by “Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time”, and lots of men will happily find this book under the Christmas tree this year. This book’s 160 pages and photographs is sure to stir much interest as even ...

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Book details the football Nirvana that is Mississippi junior college football

There are more than a few football fans in Mississippi and rivalry within the state is intense. None is more intense or more colorful than the rivalry among the state’s 14 community colleges, formerly called junior colleges. Fans, former players and coaches and alumni can read all about it in the Mississippi Sports Council’s recent publication, “Mississippi JUCOs…The Toughest Football ...

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Books about Delta history and Eudora Welty’s garden have wide interest among Mississippians

Because they love to read books, share them with others and of course sell them, booksellers sometimes find it difficult to recommend just one book. That’s the case with Hugh McCormick, owner of McCormick Book Inn in Greenville. With an eye toward the upcoming gift-giving holidays, he enthusiastically recommends a book published in 2000 and a newly published book. Each ...

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The Night Circus creates magical world where readers want to linger

Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, “The Night Circus,” has quickly created a buzz and is receiving good reviews. Summit Entertainment has already purchased the movie rights. Morgenstern, a Smith College theater graduate and visual artist, says she doesn’t care which actors play the parts but she’s very interested in the costumes. The book is set in the late Victorian era and ...

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The Marriage Plot: Award-winning author returns with compelling novel

There are several things to recommend “The Marriage Plot” — he author is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer; for the literary minded, the book is full of ‘bookish’ issues and mentions of great novels; and the owner of Square Books, Richard Howarth, thinks it is good. “In the opening third of Jeffrey Eugenides’ brilliant new novel nearly 200 book titles and ...

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Damned presents hell as only Palahniuk can

Biblical descriptions aside, ideas of what constitutes hell vary from person to person. For me it could be the forced watching of reality television shows and reading of romance novels with trips to Wal-Mart thrown in for extra punishment. But alas, “Damned” describes hell as only Chuck Palahniuk can imagine it. The book will be released Oct. 18 and is already ...

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