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BOOK BIZ — An arresting memoir about childhood, illness and loneliness

Lucy Grealy’s remarkable memoir, “Autobiography of a Face,” was published over twenty years ago. Discovering it now leaves me wondering how I missed it all this time, but grateful that I finally read it. Grealy was diagnosed at age nine with Ewing’s sarcoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer that most often affects children and adolescents. For Grealy, the ...

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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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BOOKBIZ — Strunk and White as relevant today as ever

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 — Heartbreak and heroics inside a flooded hospital

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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BOOK BIZ — If you haven’t read The Goldfinch, please do

When native Mississippian Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014, all of us Mississippians were proud. Her honor was duly reported in this column, but I didn’t run out and buy it. I wanted to read it, but somehow, at that time, I wasn’t up to the daunting 784 pages. Later, a friend gave ...

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