The Iguana’s Eyes
Author: Sean Foley
Publisher: Columbia Vista Publishing
This just-released young adult novel has a bit of everything: a 13-year-old heroine dealing with grief, a sudden trip to Jamaica, endangered iguanas, mystery, pirates, perilous adventure, a crafty corporation and a journal holding a secret lost for hundreds of years. The plight of the iguanas came naturally enough for the author. Foley, a Clemson grad, has been a herpetologist (a specialist on reptiles and amphibians) for 22 years at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. This is his debut novel. He will be signing copies at Barnes and Noble in Forest Acres from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on March 29.
America’s Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery and the Slow March Toward Civil War
Author: Joseph Kelly
Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
The book title refers to the two-year siege of Charleston by Union forces in the Civil War, but the core of the book goes far earlier than that period, as the subtitle suggests. The author is a professor of literature at the College of Charleston and has also done historical writing for the Journal of Social History. In America’s Longest Siege, released last year, he focuses on the long history of the ideology of Charleston and the entire South toward the institution of slavery, looking at moral and economic issues.
Author: Leland M. Glen
The author of this 2011 polemic, a Lexington businessman, has no shortage of conservative opinions and he proclaims on the book jacket that he considers his label of “politically incorrect” as “a badge of honor.” The chapter headings show where he’s going: “Liberal Media,” “Immigration,” “Health Care” and “Big Government,” to name a few.
Be Prepared for Anything
Author: Charlene R. Cobbs
When Charmaine Carter’s two friends are shot and a detective digs into the case, both mystery and romance follow. The author of this 2010 romance novel is a program coordinator with the S.C. Department of Social Services in Columbia. She is also the author of Talking from Experience, a book of poetry.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: