Adam Tate’s new book “Catholics’ Lost Cause” is a welcome addition to the scholarship on the history of religion in the South. Tate explores the efforts of three antebellum Catholic bishops, John England, Ignatius Reynolds and Patrick Lynch, to convince Southerners, and South Carolinians in particular, that Catholics were good Americans as well as good Southerners.
Author Patrick K. O'Donnell's "Band of Brothers"-style chronicle details the exploits of various aggregates of Maryland's citizen soldiers, not only the 400 men who saved the army from annihilation at the Battle of Brooklyn, but those who turned the tide in many a critical battle, becoming the first elite unit of the Continental army. Fighting in both North and South, these “Immortals” proved to be Gen. George Washington's most trusted force.
Marion L. Usher, author of "One Couple Two Faiths: Stories of Love and Religion," will give a book talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.
Isaac Mizrahi, 57, has a new memoir, "I.M." Here, in warm, witty and conversational prose, the designer shares the trials of growing up in a Syrian-Jewish community in Midwood, Brooklyn, and shows us how he forged his way out to become a widely known name in the world of fashion.
A Charleston native has been named one of five finalists for the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a prestigious peer-juried prize now in its 39th year.
Playing two of the greatest female roles ever offered in film, Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" and Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire," has guaranteed actress Vivien Leigh a place in popular culture. Yet her stage work, often overlooked by her film fans, may have been the true showcase of her talent.
There is no one in American letters quite like Maria Popova. In a world of short attention spans, she pens long essays that bridge centuries of scientific discovery, philosophical wondering and poetic expression. Yet she always crosses the bridge back to the present moment and shows how universal the questions really are.
Here is a modest proposal. Climate scientists should shut up about global warming. The gatekeepers for what we know and think about climate change should take a vow of silence and let some other people get a word in edgeways. Because, important though the science is, we need to stop defining the great issue of the 21st century in scientific terms.
IN DARKEST SOUTH CAROLINA: J. Waties Waring and the Secret Plan that Sparked a Civil Rights Movement. By Brian Hicks. Evening Post Books. 400 pages. $29.95.
THE UNWINDING OF THE MIRACLE: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After. By Julie Yip-Williams. Random House. 336 pages. $27.
INSPECTOR OLDFIELD AND THE BLACK HAND SOCIETY. By William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce. Simon & Schuster. 326 pages. $26.
It was one of the bloodiest episodes of the civil rights movement, and it changed South Carolina's reputation when it came to race relations. It was no longer known as a moderate state that had avoided the violent confrontations seen in Mississippi and Alabama.
Authors Lynn and Cele Seldon will discuss their travel book, "100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die" 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Admission is free and open to the public.
THE BIRTH OF LOUD: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock ‘n’ Roll. By Ian S. Port. Scribner. 352 pages. $28.
Ever wondered what it might be like to weigh 460 pounds? To stand on a crowded subway and worry that if you fall you might crush someone to death? Those daily struggles faced by longtime Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson are the subject of his powerful new memoir, “The Elephant in the Room.”
Sam Savage, an unconventional novelist who called the Lowcountry home for 22 years, died Thursday, according to his publisher, Coffee House Press. He was 78.
In 1893, the 56-year-old scion of a politically powerful Southern family found himself embroiled in a sexual scandal that enthralled the entire country and sparked furious debate.
"Never Home Alone" is a spirited romp through the vast diversity that inhabits our daily lives and how we've changed our ecosystems, often for the worse.