The Book Issue

Required Reading

“Did you do your summer reading?” Those are the dreaded words high schoolers across the Lowcountry are about to hear when they return to class. Maybe you can relate. Each May our hopes of finally tackling Ulysses arrives. We leave it by our bedside, we attempt two or three reads, but by August we have read nary a chapter in the avant-garde classic. (Yo Joyce, turns out Ulysses is the nightmare from which we are trying to awake.) But just because we’re heading into the school year doesn’t mean you can’t still grab a good book. In fact, with the first day of class in just a weeks, now’s a perfect time to cram. Here are our suggestions for pulling an all-nighter.

The nine novels you didn't read in high school but should have
The nine novels you didn't read in high school but should have Master Class

As an English teacher, I have always been frustrated and a little disappointed when I learned that many of my students faked their way through the novels I so desperately wanted them to enjoy. — Simon Schatmeyer

A brief history of the history you missed in high school
A brief history of the history you missed in high school The Past is Present

When I tell people I'm a history teacher, what I find most annoying is their response, "Oh, I really like history now, but I was really bad at all the dates and stuff in school." Now, why does this irk me so, you ask? Simply put, history has very little to do with dates. — Daniel L. Gidick

Books that got me through puberty and beyond
Books that got me through puberty and beyond Tissues Not Included

When one finds oneself at the precipice of adulthood six-feet tall with frizzy red hair, a prom date half her size (no really, his folks made him stand on a chair to take our photo before the dance), and a letterman's jacket for throwing shot put, things can get emotional — fast. — Kinsey Gidick

The top 20 must-reads
The top 20 must-reads From a post-apocalyptic weeper to a Scandinavian thriller to the crazy story of the creator of the World Series of Poker, these are the summer's best bets.

As anybody can tell you, crafting a best-seller is simple. All you have to do is take a feisty, female protagonist throw her into a dangerous dystopian world, draw up two heroic dudes to serve as the bottom points on the love triangle, and, viola, you've won the adoration of millions and secured your very own Hollywood movie deal. — Eric Liebetrau

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John T. Edge talks hunger, racism, and Confederate monuments in advance of his 'Potlikker Papers' book signing

You know why Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chain doesn’t have an apostrophe? Because when founder Al Copeland started the fast food franchise, he couldn’t afford one. How about this one: Think those hockey puck-shaped industrial biscuits are a Northern invention? Wrong.

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