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Book Review Title: "The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do" Author: Eduardo Porter Publisher: Portfolio, 2011; 304 pages; $27.95 You might think that Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" is excessively highbrow to be referenced much in the Southern-style, gospel music-filled services of African-American Missionary Baptist churches. Allow me to correct this misperception. As a lifelong attendee of such services, there is one quote of the Bard I've heard, if once, a thousand times: "Even the Devil can cite Scripture for his purpose." And so it is with homebuyers and the psycho-mathematical contortionism they practice in justifying the value they assign to a home, as most often reflected in an offer to buy a particular ...