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BOOK BIZ: Lisa Howorth's first novel opens old family secrets

In the spirit of supporting Mississippi writers and Mississippi independent bookstores, we’re doing both this week by shining the spotlight on Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, co-owner of Square Books in Oxford. It’s her first novel and is receiving high praise from reviewers across the country. Although not a native Mississippian, Howorth moved to Oxford in the early 1970s because ...

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"Civilwarland in Bad Decline"

There’s an erudite, bookish gas station attendant in Oxford, and I’d like to meet him. Maybe he’s a budding writer. We book lovers are always keen to be introduced to a new author, book or genre; meaning it is new to us even though it may have been “out” for a while. A young friend of mine brought George Saunders ...

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The Marriage Plot: Award-winning author returns with compelling novel

There are several things to recommend “The Marriage Plot” — he author is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer; for the literary minded, the book is full of ‘bookish’ issues and mentions of great novels; and the owner of Square Books, Richard Howarth, thinks it is good. “In the opening third of Jeffrey Eugenides’ brilliant new novel nearly 200 book titles and ...

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Book attempts to solve mystery of who killed the movies

It’s difficult to classify the works of British novelist and journalist Will Self. He explores the vanities of modern life and takes no prisoners. His latest, “Walking to Hollywood,” is no exception. The book jacket announces that the tale is a “trip through the unreality of our culture.” It provides a satirical view of Hollywood, the allure surrounding it and ...

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