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BOOK BIZ — Learning about memoir from a master of the genre

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Everyone has a story to tell. For some among us, the hope of connecting our own personal story to the larger human narrative drives us to write and share what happened. But even if you, instead, just prefer to read others’ true-life stories, Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir proves to be a thoughtful investigation into the popular literary form. ...

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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 — Strunk and White as relevant today as ever

» The Elements of Style (Illustrated edition)  
By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (Illustrated by Maira Kalman)
Published by Penguin Books       
$18.00 softback

Omit needless words.” “Be clear.” “Use the active voice.” “Do not overwrite.” These are just a few highlights from the straightforward instructions found in the classic book The Elements of Style. You may remember it, as so many do, from your high school English composition class. No matter if you graduated 40-years ago or four, this little book is as ...

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BOOK BIZ — Read this Mississippi native’s impressive debut novel

» Three Rivers  
By Tiffany Quay Tyson
Published by Thomas Dunne Books   
$25.99 hardback

Jackson, Mississippi native Tiffany Quay Tyson’s evocative debut novel, Three Rivers, explores the meaning and the pull of family, place, and expectations. Tyson creates three parallel but ultimately interconnected stories filled with characters that readers will ultimately both relate to and root for. The book opens with Melody Mahaffey receiving a letter from her mother, calling her home to the ...

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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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LOUANN LOFTON — A complicated look at modern American medicine

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The state of medicine in America today leaves something to be desired, whether you’re a patient or a physician. In his eye-opening second book, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist and heart failure specialist, details the way things stand, explains how we got here, and describes what it means to be a doctor in ...

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BOOK BIZ — Hard questions about humanity set against the Holocaust

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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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BOOK BIZ — Heartbreak and heroics inside a flooded hospital

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Did she or didn’t she? That’s the big question in Sheri Fink’s much-lauded work of nonfiction, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The “Memorial” in the title is the now renamed Ochsner Baptist, located in New Orleans. Nearly ten years ago, after the levees failed following Hurricane Katrina, Baptist, like much of the city, began ...

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BOOKBIZ — A book for cultivating your inner courage

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  Maybe it’s an idea for a start-up that you keep talking yourself out of. Or a new line of business for your company that you believe would improve your fortunes tremendously, but would be something of a risk to pursue. Or it could be finally sticking with an exercise routine – no matter how painful it is at first ...

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BOOKBIZ — A unique, chilling vision of the post-apocalyptic world

» Far North
By Marcel Theroux  
Published by Picador     
$16.00 softback

It seems to be part of the human condition that, along with wondering about our own mortality, we inevitably think about the end of the world, or the end of time, as well. When will it come? What will it look like? What will be left? Who will be to blame? Vivid explorations of these questions, whether in movies or ...

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