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    Southern Literature to Cozy Up With

    As winter sets in, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. And if you’re looking for some captivating stories that will transport you to the charming and haunting world of the South, you’re in luck! Try a book on this list of must-read Southern literature that will surely make you feel right at home.…

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    North Carolina’s Deadliest Train Crash: 80 Years Later

    December 16, 2023, marks the 80th anniversary of the Rennert railroad accident, a tragic event that occurred in Rennert, North Carolina. This devastating incident, which remains the deadliest train crash in North Carolina’s history, claimed the lives of 74 individuals when the northbound Tamiami Champion collided with the derailed rear three cars of its southbound counterpart.

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    Holiday Guide 2023

    Introducing our exclusive Holiday Gift Guide, carefully curated to bring joy and delight to your loved ones this festive season. From thrilling adventures to cozy comforts, we’ve handpicked the perfect gifts across five distinct categories to make your holiday shopping a breeze.

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    Big Woods :Review

    If you’re like me, the name William Faulkner does not evoke the image of a rugged outdoorsman. Instead, it conjures a little white-haired man in a suit, dark-eyed and mustachioed, always posing with a pipe. Such is not the case with his contemporary, Ernest Hemingway, whose safari “grip & grins” depict a sporting life inseparable from his literary legacy. But…

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    The Doctor to the Dead

    Confederate dead rising from their graves to aid General Lee, a captive mermaid that must be returned to the sea to keep the city from flooding, a man that refuses to accept the fact that he is no longer among the living, and a medical doctor that turns his back on the living to be a physician for the dead. These are just a few of the stories found within the pages of The Doctor to the Dead: Grotesque Legends and Folk Tales of Old Charleston

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    Haunting Reads for Halloween!

    It does not matter the time of year; one of my favorite things is sitting in a comfortable chair with a good spooky book, but reading them in October makes them much more mysterious. Below are five books from my library that you can enjoy during October!

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    Goodbye To A River

    In the Summer of 2013, I was a junior in college when I came across an obituary in the pages of Texas Monthly. A writer named John Graves had passed away. The author of the obituary heralded Mr. Graves as an elder statesman in the Texas literary world, and highlighted Mr. Graves’ book Goodbye to a River, a narrative detailing a canoe trip down the Brazos River, as the work that had put him on the map. The obituary ended as follows: “It’s an introduction long overdue: Mr. Hemingway, meet Mr. Graves.” Because I had recently completed my summer coursework and had a break before Fall classes…

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    Under Kilimanjaro

    This book is an account of Ernest Hemingway's safari with his fourth wife Mary in late 1953 and early 1954. This trip ended abruptly in January 1954 after they had two near-fatal plane crashes in East Africa. While back in Havana, Hemingway wrote his “African Book” and completed it in 1956. He left this manuscript, along with those for A Moveable Feast, Islands in the Stream, and The Garden of Eden, in a safe deposit box in Cuba. Under Kilimanjaro is the last of Hemingway’s manuscripts to be published in its entirety. I enjoyed spending time with Papa while reading his “African Book.” I am about at the end of…

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    Horn of the Hunter

    Horn of the Hunter is one of my favorite pieces of safari literature by one of my favorite authors, Robert C. Ruark. This book tells of a safari that Ruark and his wife Virginia embarked upon in the early 1950s. They were guided by Harry Selby who began his career under the tutelage of the legendary hunter, Philip Percival, regarded by many as the Dean of African Hunters. Percival was part of Theodore Roosevelt’s famed 1909-1910 safari, as well as guiding for Baron Rothschild and Ernest Hemingway on African hunts.