REVIEW:  Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

REVIEW: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Reviewed by Jennifer Lively: Sarah Vowell’s latest work, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, published last fall, quickly found an audience among readers whose daily lives have been inundated with stories regarding the Founding Fathers. From the latest Broadway sensation, Hamilton, and talk of changing the face on the $20 bill, to patriotic bellows seeking to “make America great again,” the country’s revolutionary lore is seemingly at an all-time high.

by · 12/05/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:   The Teaberry Strangler

REVIEW: The Teaberry Strangler

Reviewed by Tameka Gordon | A mystery by Laura Childs — Although not a mystery fan, I thought of some personal association, I’d feel as I begun reading this story, having walked the streets of Charleston. I’ve seen the cobblestone alleys, horse drawn carriages, old plantation homes and war relics The Battery and Fort Sumter, all familiar sights serving as backdrops for the story that would play out in these pages.

by · 11/28/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:  All the Light We Cannot See

REVIEW: All the Light We Cannot See

Reviewed by Mike Nelson: “All the Light We Cannot See” is a beautifully written book that took the author ten years to finish. It follows the lives of two main protagonists, Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a young girl in France and Werner Pfennig, a German boy with a genius for electrical engineering as they grow up in the years before and during World War II.

by · 11/21/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:   Lust & Wonder

REVIEW: Lust & Wonder

Reviewed by Jen McQueen: Even when Augusten Burroughs’s life bores him, his charm and humor tug readers along. While successfully abstaining from alcohol, his ADD flares up and he tries a medication that causes the horrifying (and hilarious) intensification of his sense of smell.

by · 11/14/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
View of U.S. MIlitary Academy in West Point, N.Y., looking north up the Hudson River, 2001.  Source:  Wikimedia Commons.

BRACK: New “afterlife” novel by Watkins is hard to put down

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Local author Andra Watkins thrills at bringing history alive. She did it earlier this month in a talk at the Charleston County Public Library. And she does it in her new supernatural mystery thriller, Hard to Die.

On Nov. 2, about 30 people gathered at the library to hear what I thought would be a regular author talk by Watkins to help the launch of a new book, which came out the day before. Her talk was anything but regular.

by · 11/14/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Reviews, Views
REVIEW:  The Risen

REVIEW: The Risen

Reviewed by Jim McQueen | In The Risen, a grisly discovery brings back the events of the long-ago summer of 1969, and calls into question what troubled alcoholic Eugene thinks he knows about what happened between his older brother, now a successful surgeon, and Ligeia, the worldly, free-spirited beauty “from off” who captivated them both when they were teenagers.

by · 10/31/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:   Leaving Time

REVIEW: Leaving Time

Reviewed by Michel Hammes: If you would like to know more about elephants, but want the information wrapped in a spellbinding mystery with an unexpected plot twist…Leaving Time is a must read.

by · 10/24/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:  Seinfeldia

REVIEW: Seinfeldia

Reviewed by Darryl Woods: The conceit of this nonfiction book about the hit 90’s sitcom Seinfeld is that Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld and the writers of the show were able to create a strange cross-dimensional plateau where the lines between real lives and fictional characters meet and those lines become blurred.

by · 10/09/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:  Rose Under Fire

REVIEW: Rose Under Fire

A Young Adult novel by Elizabeth Wein This YA title is the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Code Name Verity, but familiarity with that book is not necessary to enjoy this one. To be honest, the ongoing exposition at the beginning of this World War II novel is a little taxing, but there is a pay-off for those who stick with […]

by · 10/03/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:  Hamilton: The Revolution

REVIEW: Hamilton: The Revolution

Reviewed by Delores Schweitzer: “Hamilton, winner of 11 Tony awards, is the hottest show on Broadway and has generated phenomenal interest in the Founding Fathers, as reinterpreted for modern day America. With show tickets near-impossible to come by, it’s nice to know you can experience the history, culture and music of Hamilton at your local library. “

by · 09/12/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews