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.)