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BOOK BIZ — Revisiting the story of the traders who were too smart for their own good

By LouAnn Lofton Twenty years ago, a hedge fund in the high-class, big-money New York City suburb of Greenwich, Conn., opened for business. This, in and of itself, was not unusual. Greenwich had been home, and continues to be home, to Wall Street’s elite power brokers. What made this particular fund, Long-Term Capital Management, stand out was its impressive roster ...

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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 — 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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BOOK BIZ — Someone is out to get this Southern Marilyn look-alike

We all know eccentric Southern characters. They live in our towns; they may even be related to us. And certainly they populate our Southern literature. When asked why Southern writers so often used these types of characters in books, Carson McCullers replied that it’s because we can still recognize them. Well, Calista McQueen, the heroine of Lowcountry Bombshell certainly fills ...

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BOOK BIZ by Louann Lofton: Inside one of India’s slums, there’s hard work and heartache

India, the rising economic superpower still mired in many problems from its past, is home to 1.2 billion of the earth’s human inhabitants and one-third of the world’s impoverished people. Roughly 55 percent of India’s children suffer from malnutrition. In a land where the promise of a brighter economic future beckons, and signs of flashy progress abound, many Indian citizens, ...

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This spy novel, Sweet Tooth, is not the usual thriller

English writer Ian McEwan has 15 books to his credit and has won all the major awards for literature in Great Britain; most notably the Man Booker Prize for Atonement. Sweet Tooth was published last year and is now out in paperback. As a novel in a vein different from McEwan’s other books, it doesn’t disappoint. I guess it’s a ...

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Former bookstore owner makes donation in honor of new DSU president

CLEVELAND — A former owner of an iconic bookstore in Greenville has donated his extensive collection to the Roberts-LaForge Library at Delta State University. The library holds special meaning to current DSU president William N. LaForge, as it is partly named in honor of his father, Dr. William F. LaForge, who served 35 years at Delta State as a professor ...

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LOFTON — Reading literature boosts empathy and emotional intelligence

Would you believe that reading can actually make you better at perceiving the emotional states of those around you? A recent study out of the New School for Social Research in New York City supports this notion, but interestingly, it’s not just reading any old thing that brings about these results. Specifically, those who read “literary fiction” versus popular fiction ...

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