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BOOKBIZ: Do we contain the seeds of morality at birth?

» Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil    
By Paul Bloom 
Published by Broadway Books    
$15.00 softback

Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Do we develop our morality from our specific culture or religious teachings, or are there some universal facets to it that all of us, as humans, possess? And what do we even mean by the word “morality?” How can we define it in way that everyone can relate to when ...

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BOOK BIZ: Sherlock Holmes is a worthy mental model

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Whether you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan from the original books and short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or perhaps from one of the many adaptations for the screen (both big and small), you’ve likely always been impressed by the detective’s mental acuity and uncanny abilities of observation. Holmes solves crimes other detectives give up on and points out faulty ...

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LOUANN LOFTON: A book of maps for lovers of New Orleans

New Orleans is suffused with history, with mystery, with violence, and with sublime beauty. From shrimp po-boys to extravagant Mardi Gras floats, from the enormous live oaks lining St. Charles Avenue like silent, ancient sentries to second-line parades with loud brass bands weaving their way over pothole-laden streets, New Orleans leaves an impression. Trying to understand and make sense of ...

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BOOK BIZ — Gripping tale of intrigue shows dark side of Paris

I’m a sucker for books with Paris in the title. Undoubtedly, many readers feel the same about the City of Light. However, this novel portrays a dark side of the French capital. The season, winter, is almost a character in the book. It’s a cold and bleak backdrop amidst the art and culture of Paris. This story of deceit and ...

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BOOK BIZ — Girls running a filling station? Girls as pilots in WW II? Yes!

Fannie Flagg has been described as a born storyteller. Who can argue with that? Best known for writing Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which became a hit movie, this Alabama author has written another good book. Pat Conroy says of The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, “A beautifully told tale, world-class humor, and characters who live forever ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The crazy world of book buying and selling

Amazon has disrupted the book world again. Last year there was a dispute with a major publisher over who set the price of e-books – the publisher or the distributor. This time the quarrel is with self-published authors and others who view Amazon’s recently released Kindle Unlimited as a threat to the incomes of authors. Kindle Unlimited is an Amazon ...

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LOUANN LOFTON: A new twist on dystopian fiction

If I were to tell you that a book about the end of the world (as we know it) could somehow leave you optimistic and encouraged, I doubt you’d believe me. But the incredible novel Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, would prove me right, despite its often harrowing twists and turns. A finalist for this year’s National Book ...

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