“The Lord has something to do with this dog” was the only way Barney Odom could explain the extraordinary powers of his bulldog Flat Nose, whose ability to climb trees brought international attention to Darlington County in the late 1980s.
This book was difficult to read at times, if only because the characters were each dealing with issues that made me both anxious and hopeful they could be resolved. It’s extremely well-written and a moving narrative about a modern family.
By George Hopkins | In Charleston in 1969, issues of race, class, and gender coalesced in a strike of more than 400 African American hospital workers, mostly female, against the all-white administrations of the Medical College Hospital (MCH) and Charleston County Hospital (CCH). The strike against MCH lasted 100 days during spring and summer; the one at CCH went on for an additional three weeks.
Astonish Me (by Maggie Shipstead) is a beautifully written book that gives readers a glimpse into the complicated political and professional nuances of the professional ballet world.
This Union campaign is one of the most controversial of the Civil War because of the damage it wrought to civilian property and the questions it raised about fair play in war.
Although any Agatha Christie book is like comfort food to me, this one is my favorite. It was written during the golden age of the British detective novels and is what’s known as a ‘cozy mystery.’
Ray McManus, an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter, is the author of four books of poetry including, most recently, “Punch” (2014, Hub City Press.)