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Book attempts to solve mystery of who killed the movies

It’s difficult to classify the works of British novelist and journalist Will Self. He explores the vanities of modern life and takes no prisoners. His latest, “Walking to Hollywood,” is no exception. The book jacket announces that the tale is a “trip through the unreality of our culture.” It provides a satirical view of Hollywood, the allure surrounding it and ...

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Delta life and spirit illustrated with art and essays in Norris book

This lavishly illustrated book is a retrospective of an inspirational, self-taught artist from the Mississippi Delta, Carolyn Norris. It includes a biographical essay by Dorothy Shawhan plus essays by Patti Carr Black and Tom Rankin. Laura Weeks, owner of Lorelei Books in Vicksburg, recently hosted a signing event for the artist and author. Weeks was especially pleased to reconnect Norris ...

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Lofton offers testosterone, or lack thereof, as great Buffett trading secret

How has Warren Buffett created the largest and greatest investment portfolio in human history? By mastering his temperament and “trading like a girl.” So argues Motley Fool writer and Mississippi native Louann Lofton in her new book “Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl.” In October 2008, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average began to nose dive shortly after the Lehman ...

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Supreme Court Justice’s novel proves you can go home again

Although he vows never to return to Greene County, Grant Hicks, the protagonist of “Pain Unforgiven” does just that in this novel of self discovery and forgiveness. Hicks is a 37-year-old partner in an Atlanta law firm who has managed to escape the painful memories of his hometown. An unexpected phone call lures him back to fulfill a dying friend’s ...

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Ole Miss professor explores Southern spirit in new book

From the photo of people in exuberant worship on the book’s cover, it’s clear Charles Reagan Wilson is taking a vigorous view of the Southern spirit. In his book he explores its meaning, including religious ecstasy and celebrations of regional character and distinctiveness. As the Kelly Gene Cook Sr., Chair in History and professor of Southern Studies at the University ...

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Natchez writer pens fast-paced legal thrillers set in the Delta

Lawyer-turned-financial-advisor-turned-writer Michael Henry is causing a stir in Natchez where local readers are responding positively to his first two novels. Mary Emrick, owner of Natchez’s Turning Pages Books & More, couldn’t be more pleased with Henry’s legal thrillers. “The action is tight, the characters are compelling and well developed and the dialogue flows naturally,” she said. “There is no confusion. ...

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Catfish Alley takes a different approach to friendship, understanding between races

Once again Mississippi’s troubled history of racism and timorous present-day understanding of it come to the forefront in “Catfish Alley,” a debut novel by Lynne Bryant. It’s pitched as a tale of “female friendship, endurance and hope in the South” and is yet another book that takes a shot at Junior League-ism. Diane Shepherd, owner of Main Street Books in ...

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Clutch: Why some excel under pressure and others don’t

The book world is overflowing with motivational and self-help books for business and professional readers. New York Times ‘Wealth Matters’ columnist and former Financial Times reporter Paul Sullivan takes a fresh approach in his book Clutch which was published last September. He looks at why some people excel under pressure and others don’t; those who are clutch and those who ...

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Native Mississippian brings people and places to life in photos

Born in the Sumner in 1928, Oraien Catledge spent most of his life as a social worker in the Mississippi Delta. He was a tireless advocate for the blind throughout the South. Near the end of a long career in this profession, he took up photography as an avocation. It suited him well. His book of photography, simply titled “Oraien ...

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