REVIEW:  The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

REVIEW: The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Lua Wells: Have you ever dreamed about being a travel writer assigned to take trips and explore the world? What a treat it would be to stay in luxury accommodations and have elegant (and expensive) meals on someone else’s dime. “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware allows you to imagine what that’s like.

Carolina parakeets, illustrated by John James Audubon in 1833.  Via Wikipedia.

HISTORY: Carolina parakeet

S.C. Encyclopedia | Now extinct, the Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) was a dove-sized (about thirty-five centimeters long) bird with a bright green body, yellow head, and orange face. Mark Catesby, an English naturalist living in Charleston, painted the parakeet in 1731, thus providing the first scientific description of the species. The species was abundant in early America, and its range extended to New York, Colorado, and Florida. The Carolina parakeet was well known for its ability to withstand harsh winters, due to the winter availability of its main foods: cockleburs, thistle seeds, and sandspurs.

Hand-colored etching of a bald eagle from Catesby's seminal two-volume work, which was on private display over the weekend.  Originals will be displayed over the summer at the Gibbes Museum of Art in a special show of watercolors from the Royal Collection in England.

HISTORY: Mark Catesby, artist, naturalist

S.C. Encyclopedia | Mark Catesby was born in or near the village of Castle Hedingham, Essex, England, on March 24, 1682, the son of John Catesby and Elizabeth Jekyll. Little is known of his early life, but he probably attended the grammar school in the nearby town of Sudbury.

HISTORY:  Prehistoric South Carolina

HISTORY: Prehistoric South Carolina

S.C. Encyclopedia | Sometime during the last Ice Age human groups made their way to what became South Carolina. Current debate about the continent of origin of these immigrants suggests Asia, Africa, and Europe. Recent evidence, although scant, has suggested the possibility of humans in South Carolina as early as 18,000 years ago, but a time frame beginning by about 13,000 years ago is widely accepted by archaeologists.

PALMETTO POEM: Charleston, South Carolina

PALMETTO POEM: Charleston, South Carolina

By Amy Lowell | FIFTEEN years is not a long time,
But long enough to build a city over and destroy it;
Long enough to clean a forty-year growth of grass from between cobblestones,
And run street-car lines straight across the heart of romance.
Commerce, are you worth this?
I should like to bring a case to trial:

REVIEW:  Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

REVIEW: Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

Reviewed by Jennifer Myers | RApprentice in Death is book 43 in J.D. Robb’s (a pseudonym for Nora Roberts) long-running futuristic series about a police detective Eve Dallas and her businessman husband Roarke. This fast-paced thriller starts when a sniper kills three seemingly random victims at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. Roarke develops a genius computer program to track down the location of the sniper and the New York Police and Security Department (NYPSD) is shocked to realize there are two snipers.

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HISTORY: Edwin A. Harleston

S.C. Encyclopedia | Edwin Augustus “Teddy” Harleston was born in Charleston on March 14, 1882, to the shipper-turned-mortician Edwin Gailliard Harleston and Louisa Moultrie. Harleston won a scholarship to the Avery Normal Institute and graduated valedictorian of his class in 1900. He graduated from Atlanta University in 1904 and, though accepted to Harvard, enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Boston the next year.

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FILM REVIEW:  A Man Called Ove

FILM REVIEW: A Man Called Ove

Reviewed by Tama Howard: Adapted from the Swedish bestselling novel of the same name, A Man Called Ove chronicles the life of a recent retiree who makes it his business to constantly grump at everyone and everything. Feeling lonely and frustrated, Ove decides to end it all until a boisterous young family moves in next-door and inadvertently changes his life.

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A mural of the Dixie Hummingbirds in Philadelphia, Pa.

HISTORY: Dixie Hummingbirds

S.C. Encyclopedia | Started in 1928 by twelve-year-old James Davis and neighborhood friends Bonnie Gipson, Jr., Fred Owens, and Barney Parks, the gospel quartet—and later quintet—influenced scores of gospel, soul, and rock and roll artists. First called the Sterling High School Quartet, named for the high school the young men attended in their hometown of Greenville, the group made the transition from a cappella harmony singing at the Bethel Church of God to electrified music.

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REVIEW:  A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

REVIEW: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

Reviewed by Linda Stewart | In this second outing for lepidopterist Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker, they find themselves at loose ends after a canceled research trip abroad.

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