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JACK WEATHERLY: A British writer cottons to Mississippi, and vice versa

» Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta  
By Richard Grant  
Published by Simon and Schuster       
$16.00 softback

Richard Grant, a British expat, came to the nether regions of the Mississippi Delta, was quickly mesmerized and decided to write a book about what he saw and experienced. He vowed to relate his impressions of this rarest slice of the Deep South through critical but nonjudgmental eyes. Uh-oh. Here we go again. Another “outsider” tells Mississippians who they are. Well, ...

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BOOK BIZ — From the worst of circumstances, a tale of hope


Growing up in a small town in the Canadian province of Alberta, Amanda Lindhout dreamed of a life filled with travels to exotic places. After buying old issues of “National Geographic” from a local thrift shop, she would spend hours retreating into them, hours when her mind took long journeys away from her chaotic and sometimes-violent childhood. At the age ...

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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 — 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 — Narcissistic fashion world background for tale of friendship


This award-winning book is an odd story — sometimes twisted — that compels the reader to continue to the end. First published in 2005 and again in 2006, it’s the story of a 20-year friendship between two women as told through the thoughts of a stumbling, wreck-of-a-life former model, Alison. Veronica is the eccentric middle-aged office temp who somehow strikes ...

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Alabama agency closes Harper Lee elder-abuse investigation

MONTGOMERY — An investigation into potential elder-abuse of author Harper Lee — sparked by the surprising announcement that she would publish a new book — is closed, with no findings of any abuse, officials said Monday. The “To Kill A Mockingbird” author made international headlines in February with the news that she would be publishing a new book. The news ...

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