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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Books

Personal library says a lot about a person

When you come across someone’s personal library, whether in their home or office, do you take a look at the titles? Editor Don Whitten writes about how the titles we have and the books we read can tell people a lot about us. (April 14, 2014, Page 4)

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    Grisham, King, Conroy sequels read well

    Sequels work in movies, usually, better than books. There are exceptions, however, and three book sequels out by popular authors are excellent examples. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the latest works by John Grisham, Stephen King and Pat Conroy which are follow-ups to novels from, literally, decades ago. (December 13, 2013, Page 4A)

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      Pat Conroy’s visit special for many reasons

      Southern story-teller Pat Conroy will be visiting the Lafayette-Oxford-University community Friday on a promotional tour for his latest book, “The Death of Santini.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at a previous Conroy visit through the eyes of Square Books owner Richard Howorth. (October 28, 2013, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Julie Schoerke writes to say how much she and others who attended last week’s Oxford Creative Nonfiction Conference enjoyed Oxford and its hospitality. (May 10, 2013, Page 4A)

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          Hailman gives inside look at federal cases

          Is true crime something you like to read about? How about true crime that’s local? Editor Don Whitten writes about longtime federal prosecutor and local attorney John Hailman’s recent book, “From Midnight to Guntown,” and how it offers the ins and outs of federal cases that will seem very familiar to many. (May 8, 2013, Page 4A)

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            Local pastor pens minister-activist’s memoir

            When you mention civil rights and activists, most people think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, James Meredith, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten writes about a book by local pastor Chet Bush that brings us one more man – a Mississippian, Dr. Charles Johnson – we should know about. (February 6, 2013, Page 4)

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              Finally finding Faulkner

              EAGLE Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks admits it – until recently, he’d never read any of William Faulkner’s work. Now, after working on this year’s “Remembering Faulkner” special section and reading Jack Sacco’s book about Faulkner and Bobby Little, he’s planning to find out more about, and read more from, Mr. Faulkner. (December 28, 2012, 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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                  Censorship is still 50 shades of wrong

                  With libraries in multiple states deciding not to put the latest sex novel, E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,”  on their shelves, local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about censorship and its effect on readers and the public. (May 10, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Ace Atkins takes on big challenge – Spenser

                    When best-selling crime novelist Robert B. Parker died a couple of years back, it was expected that his iconic Spenser character and series was gone, too. Not so. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the newest Spenser tale – the first of what could be many written by accomplished Oxford author Ace Atkins. (May 7, 2012, Page 4)

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