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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Grisham returns with issue-oriented novel

Best-selling author John Grisham’s fall release — “Gray Mountain” — is on the shelf, and it features a female attorney and takes on the issue of coal mining and mining safety. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Grisham’s latest for those who want a preview before they get a copy. (November 10, 2014, Page 4)

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    Wilkie book offers so much to so many

    Need a book about local history, politics, sociology or journalism? Editor Don Whitten writes that longtime journalist and now journalism professor Curtis Wilkie’s new book, “Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road,” fits the bill perfectly. (September 8, 2014, Page 4)

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      Cash swings for homer with second novel

      Wiley Cash’s debut novel was an award-winner and best-seller, and Editor Don Whitten writes that his follow-up effort, “This Dark Road to Mercy,” could be headed to similar heights. Cash is slated to visit Oxford and Square Books on Tuesday promoting his newest novel. (February 17, 2014, Page 4)

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        ‘The Tilted World’ familiar for a reason

        Ever get that feeling of déja vu when you start reading a book or watching a TV show? Editor Don Whitten explains why he got that feeling as he read the new novel, “The Tilted World,” by the local husband-wife writing duo of Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly. (September 30, 2013, Page 4A)

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          Grisham’s latest a real page-turner

          Editor Don Whitten takes a look at best-selling author John Grisham’s just-released legal thriller, “The Racketeer,” a story about a jailed lawyer who fingers the killer of a federal judge to get out of prison and begin life in witness protection. It’s another page-turner, Whitten writes, and maybe one of the quickest reads of a Grisham work in several years. (October 26, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Soldier looks at 1962 from different perspective

            Researchers, historians, Ole Miss professors and James Meredith himself have all written books about Meredith’s admission to the University of Mississippi and the accompanying violence. Editor Don Whitten points readers to yet another view – former military policeman Henry Gallagher’s just-released book detailing what he saw and experienced in Oxford in 1962-63. (September 28, 2012, Page 4A)

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              Familiar-looking author pens ‘debut’ novel

              Mystery. Check. Mississippi author. Check. Debut novel. Check. That ought to attract the interest of lots of book-lovers around these parts, and that’s what Anna Michaels’ “The Tender Mercy of Roses” offers. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the book, the story and the author. (May 16, 2011, Page 4A)

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