Books

“The Time of Our Lives” by Peggy Noonan

Sunday, December 13, 2015
by Peter Ingle
“The Time of Our Lives” by Peggy Noonan

AT ONE POINT in her new book, “The Time of Our Lives,” Peggy Noonan describes the haunting images of 9/11 in her hometown of New York: the raw disaster, the instant death, the lingering smells, the emotional toll, and the long-term effects of what she sees as a turning point—a pivot—in Western history. (“When those fireman... Read »

A Fun Book to Give and Have

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
by ChasToday
A Fun Book to Give and Have

THIS BOOK GIVES YOU A HAPPY FEELING. Charleston A to Z is a clever, colorful, and charming tour of local history. A perfect gift for a child and a nice reminder for adults. Full of key historical facts about Charleston—all the things we know but take for granted and let slip by. Author Rob... Read »

The Nature of Money and Self

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
by ChasToday
The Nature of Money and Self

This is a startlingly insightful book about money, our relationship to money, and how money affects our relationship to our selves and with each other. Charles Einstein is the author of Sacred Economics, which traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to... Read »

Susan Sloate’s New Novel

Friday, October 4, 2013
by ChasToday
Susan Sloate’s New Novel

Review by P.M. Terrell STEALING FIRE by Susan Sloate follows the lives of unlikely soul mates in 1980s’ New York and L.A. An unhappy librettist (Beau) hopes for one last Broadway hit to redeem his miserable marriage and disappointing life, while Amanda, a young singer out of step with her contemporaries, holds down a... Read »

Piccolo Spoleto Literary Festival

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
by Carol Furtwangler
Piccolo Spoleto Literary Festival

FOR THE FIFTH consecutive year, the Charleston Library Society is sponsoring the Piccolo Spoleto Literary Festival, with five outstanding programs scheduled at 3 pm all this week in the elegant main reading room of the Society’s primary building at 164 King Street. The opening speaker Monday afternoon was Curtis Worthington, local neurosurgeon celebrated as... Read »

Southern Artists Celebrate Dubose Heyward

Monday, May 28, 2012
by Carol Furtwangler
Southern Artists Celebrate Dubose Heyward

“A HIGH, BLUE, listless afternoon” became on Sunday at the Circular Congregational Church a paean to DuBose Heyward—native son, poet, novelist, playwright, and of course lyricist of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” The fourth annual Piccolo Spoleto Southern Artists Celebratory Series honors Southern artists who made a lasting impact on the culture of both the South... Read »

The Art of Biography

Sunday, March 4, 2012
by Peter Ingle
The Art of Biography

WALTER ISAACSON’S candid biography of Steve Jobs is compelling reading that leaves a strong imprint on you both as you read and after you have put the book down. Its effect is largely due to a fascinating main subject as well as a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Apple’s tumultuous history and remarkable success. What... Read »

Apollo’s Angels

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
by Peter Ingle
Apollo’s Angels

BENEATH THE PATINA of ballet lies a deeper story that you usually don’t think about when you watch a performance of La Bayadère or Swan Lake or Romeo and Juliet. This new history of ballet, written by a former ballerina, provides unique insight into a multilayered world of choreographers, composers, dancers, and impresarios. But what... Read »

The Cell Phone Concern

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
by Peter Ingle
The Cell Phone Concern

THIS IS a strong recommendation to read the book Disconnect by Dr. Devra Davis. There are simply too many disconcerting facts to ignore. For example, that most cell phones come with a notice (in tiny print) that reads: “Do not hold closer than one inch from your body” (how many people do you know... Read »

Risky Business

Monday, October 4, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Risky Business

“We dance around in a circle and suppose, while the secret sits in the middle and knows.” ~ Robert Frost I recently read a book whose titled grabbed me, The Exquisite Risk: Daring to Live an Authentic Life written by Mark Nepo, who recently came to Charleston on the invitation of the Sophia Institute.... Read »

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