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.

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.

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.


HISTORY: Isaac Samuel Leevy

SC Encyclopedia | Isaac Samuel Leevy was born on May 3, 1876, in Antioch, Kershaw County. He graduated from Mather Academy in Camden and Hampton Institute in Virginia. After teaching school for a year in Lancaster, South Carolina, he moved to Columbia in 1907. Two years later, on June 23, 1910, he married Mary E. Kirkland, a fellow Kershaw County resident. The couple had four children.

REVIEW:   The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

REVIEW: The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Reviewed by Linda Stewart, Main Library, Charleston: At her stepsister’s wedding, Placidia makes a strong connection with Confederate Lt. Griff Hockaday – so strong she marries him the next day. After two days together, he returns to his regiment, and Placidia will not see him for two years.

HISTORY:  Home rule

HISTORY: Home rule

S.C. Encyclopedia | The Local Government Act of 1975, otherwise known as the Home Rule Act of 1975, was passed by the South Carolina General Assembly to implement the revised Article VIII of the state constitution adopted in 1973 and dealing with local government. As amended, Article VIII conferred home rule on all South Carolina cities and counties and directed the General Assembly to establish standardized forms of city and county government. The 1975 act did this.

PALMETTO POEM:  A Paltry Light


By Danielle DeTiberus, special to Charleston Currents

What if the sunset last night—the waves
impossibly pink and the sand’s sheen
a soft mirror to the darkening

lavender sky— belonged to me
so that I could give it all to you?
What if I could take a page, colder

by · 02/06/2017 · 1 comment · Features, Palmetto Poem
REVIEW:  Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

REVIEW: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf is an alternative history where the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule Europe and Asia. Where is Italy? Read the book to find out. It’s 1956 and time for the Axis Tour, an annual motorcycle race across their joined continents to celebrate their great victory. The winner is awarded an audience with Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

by · 01/30/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews

HISTORY: John Rutledge

S.C. Encyclopedia | The exact date of birth for lawyer, jurist and governor John Rutledge (ca. 1739-1800) is unknown. The eldest son of Dr. John Rutledge and Sarah Hext, he studied law with his uncle Andrew Rutledge and with James Parsons in Charleston before attending the Middle Temple in London. Admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1761, he quickly became one of the most successful attorneys in the colony. On May 1, 1763, he married Elizabeth Grimké. They had ten children, eight of whom survived to adulthood.

by · 01/30/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:  The Circle by Dave Eggers

REVIEW: The Circle by Dave Eggers

The title of this disturbing book refers to a technology company located on a beautiful campus somewhere on the west coast. There are approximately eleven thousand “Circlers” or employees and they enjoy amenities such as free food, free concerts, endless recreational opportunities and even free dorms. It’s a wonder any work gets done at all. Mae Holland is lucky enough […]

by · 01/23/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews