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BOOK BIZ — This classic from Eudora Welty stands the test of time


Returning to the works of Eudora Welty feels like returning to the company and comfort of an old friend. Her writing is familiar in a way that particularly speaks to small-town Southerners and perhaps especially to small-town Mississippians. She writes about the people you grew up with, the people you’re related to, and the people you remember from your childhood ...

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BOOK BIZ — Celebrating the brain’s amazing ability to change


For many years, the prevailing view in brain science held up three beliefs as staunch truth. First, that once past certain developmental stages, our brains were unable to adapt or grow in any significant way. Next, that when parts of the brain were damaged, either from disease or by accident or injury, that damage was largely permanent. And third, that ...

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BOOK BIZ — Short novella full of drama and life lessons


Graham Greene was one of the most prolific — and to my mind, one of the best — writers in the English language. Among my favorites are The Quiet American, Travels with my Aunt and Our Man in Havana. Greene was a master of the novel, short story and movie script, and of adapting his own books into movie scripts. ...

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BOOKBIZ — A seasoned therapist’s advice for a meaningful life

» Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now  
By Gordon Livingston, M.D.   
Published by Da Capo Press       
$13.99 softback

For many of us, the start of a new year brings the desire to engage in a little self-reflection, to change for the better, and to be the person we all believe we can be when we look deep down inside. Whether we’re vowing to finally get control of our eating and exercise habits or to make our family and ...

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BOOKBIZ — Books and travel in France can cure what ails you

» The Little Paris Bookshop
By Nina George
Published by Crown Publishers
$27.00 hardcover

All things Paris are of interest these days, but for some of us it’s always been that way. This book takes us on a voyage with Jean Perdu on his barge, the Literary Apothecary. For years he had it moored on the Seine in Paris where he prescribed books for shoppers according to their needs or issues in their lives. ...

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BOOK BIZ — Books are the perfect gifts this season


Really, is there any better holiday gift than a book? Well, maybe a large sum of money, but let’s not be crass. Readers are always thrilled to receive a new book and non-readers like to display coffee table books with lots of pretty photos. The University Press of Mississippi’s current catalog has something for everyone this gift-giving season. These titles ...

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BOOK BIZ — Plots, intrigue and murder at kindergarten? yes

» Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty
Published by Penquin
$16.00 paperback

I don’t know how to categorize this book. Well, yes, it’s fiction, but how do I describe it after that? At times while reading it, I thought it’s a spoof because of the word picture it paints of raising children today and the competitive nature — among some circles — of everything involving children, including kindergarten. The book definitely has ...

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BOOK BIZ — A riveting look at the dangers of texting and driving

» A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age 
By Matt Richtel 
Published by William Morrow      
$15.99 softback

Texting and driving is dangerous and irresponsible. Until I read the exceptionally well-written A Deadly Wandering, though, I had no idea how terrifying it truly is. And I say “terrifying” because after you read it, you’ll quickly start noticing how many people around you are messing around on their phones when their eyes should be on the road and their ...

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BOOK BIZ — Hard questions about humanity set against the Holocaust


Writer and conservationist Peter Matthiessen’s last book, In Paradise, was published just a few days after his death in April 2014. He was known for writing both fiction and nonfiction, and for being the only writer ever to win National Book Awards for both. However, Matthiessen himself believed that he was primarily a fiction writer at heart, so it’s fitting ...

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