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Pat Barker's novel, a retelling of Homer's "Iliad" from the perspective of Briseis, a princess whose capture leads to her historical place as Achilles's "bed-girl," raises the stakes for all historical writing in that it reminds us to do as Abigail Adams urged her husband: "Remember the ladies."

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A young woman's determination to overcome her past mental problems tests her resolve when she becomes involved in the high-profile case of a violent young man in the superior "Leave No Trace" by Mindy Mejia.

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Comedian Bill Burr stays busy with six stand-up specials, a twice-weekly podcast and an animated sitcom under his belt. He’s currently touring the nation with two back-to-back shows coming up Sept. 16 at the Gaillard Center in Charleston.

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The simplest avenue for beginning to understand filmmaker David Lynch might be found in a childhood friend's observation: "David's always had a cheerful disposition and sunny personality, but he's always been attracted to dark things. That's one of the mysteries of David."

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For decades Leo Twiggs has been producing batik paintings in his Orangeburg studio, images that often refer to the troubled history of the South. An elder statesman of contemporary art in South Carolina, Twiggs now is reaping honors, including this year's Society 1858 Prize, for his remarkab…

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While the bulk of John Meacham's “Soul of America” is concentrated on several generally well-known controversies in American public life, the real thrust of it, and by far more compelling subtext, is a response to the actions and rhetoric of the current resident of the White House, whom Meacham describes as “determined to undermine the rule of law, a free press and a sense of hope essential to American life.”

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In a June issue of The New York Times Book Review, Dorothea Benton Frank is quoted as saying, “I’m the one you want to sit next to when things are dull.” Anyone who has any of her 18 novels knows this is true. Frank’s humor permeates the pages of all her books, including her latest novel, “By Invitation Only,” a story of a wedding, dueling mothers-in-law, haves and have-nots and family secrets. Frank says the novel was inspired by the recent marriages of her son and daughter, and by the potential for disaster when events don’t go as planned.