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BOOK BIZ — When it comes to money, your brain may be your worst enemy

Thinking back to our high school or college economics classes, most of us probably learned that when it comes to making economic decisions, humans can be trusted to act rationally. We carefully weigh available information, think through the probabilities, and make our decisions based strictly on cold, hard logic. The truth, as it turns out, is a bit more complicated. ...

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BOOK BIZ — Jeeves and Bertie spring back to life with humor in tact

Fans of Wodehouse’s bumbling Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves will relish this homage to the author and these comic English characters. Although Wodehouse died in 1975, Faulks has brought Bertie and Jeeves back to life in a romping good imitation. Wodehouse purists may grumble and grouse that the new book sullies the memory of this master of comic ...

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BOOK BIZ — Learn how local companies can make the best investments

Think that money-making market-beating investment opportunities are only to be found in far-off places? Or that Wall Street’s got a lock on uncovering great companies with excellent long-term prospects? Peter Ricchiuti, who’s been teaching finance and investing at Tulane for the past 27 years, would ask you, politely, to think again. In his new book, Stocks Under Rocks, Ricchiuti details ...

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BOOK BIZ — Gone Girl is devilishly dark thriller

Upon finishing this engrossing book, I gave a sigh of relief that it was over and moaned at the unsatisfactory ending. Even though the book has had lots of buzz, I probably would not have read it had my book club not chosen it as the January selection. The member who pitched it claimed the book is similar to Girl ...

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BOOK BIZ — Looking back at interesting year for books

Taking a quick look back, 2013 was an interesting year for Book Biz, and it’s time to choose picks and pans. A variety of newly released books and older books were reviewed and hopefully there was something for everyone’s tastes. It seems not as many books were published by Mississippi writers, or we didn’t hear about as many. In this ...

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BOOK BIZ — A new look at the world of sales

Quick, answer the following question: “Are you in sales?” Unless your profession involves selling insurance, or cars, or something else specific, you’re likely to answer this question with a resounding “no.” But not so fast, according to best-selling author Daniel Pink’s newest book, To Sell Is Human. In it, he argues persuasively that though the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ...

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BOOK BIZ — This short story master delivers another impressive collection

In Dear Life, her 14th book of short stories, Alice Munro revisits the territory and topics that have endeared her to readers for years. Set mostly in the rural Canadian countryside she calls home, Munro weaves tales of regret, of unfulfilled lives, of children trying to make sense of the confounding things the adults around them do, of people resisting ...

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BOOK BIZ — This fictionalized account of the Iraq War is unforgettable

Nominated for the National Book Award and written by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds is a work of fiction that shares its lineage with books like Slaughterhouse Five and The Things They Carried. Just as Kurt Vonnegut served in Dresden during WWII and Tim O’Brien served in Vietnam, Powers served in Iraq. Vonnegut and O’Brien used their ...

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