Learn about the Jazz Age through the eyes of three American masters whose work helped immortalize the triumphs and tensions of the era.
Using a variety of viewpoints and settings, authors investigate the hardships of the African-American experience and how, through friendship, family, love, and tradition, African Americans persevere in spite of it all.
Books are banned and censored for a variety of reasons—from religious to political to social. Celebrate your freedom to read by enjoying five frequently challenged and banned books from a variety of authors and time periods. Whether banned for being “sexually explicit” or for “occult themes,” these books all offer a wide scope for discussion and for enjoyment.
Featuring native sons and daughters of the Palmetto State, this series combines fiction and non-fiction works to create a well-rounded look at a complex people.
Donated by Chapin Memorial Library in Myrtle Beach
Prepare to be captivated by this survey of American Nature Writing in the 20th Century, which encompasses perspectives from a junkyard to a greenhouse and from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Wisconsin.
Sometimes boisterous, sometimes grotesque, these works of Southern humor reveal insights into the Southern way of life both past and present…and are side-splittingly funny as well!
Ah, love. Who can explain this puzzling but universal feature of the human condition? These books may not explain love, but they certainly present timeless descriptions of it.
This collection of classic mysteries will be sure to tantalize. From hard-boiled detectives to secretaries-turned-sleuths, the protagonists of these novels may come from different backgrounds, but they all have the same purpose: to find out “who dunnit”!
In these fascinating memoirs and biographies, women create worlds, both real and fictional. Each book is a detailed portrait of a strong, influential woman, a woman capable of changing the course of history, art, culture, or politics.
Mixed Media Series
No one gets through life without a few bumps and bruises; sometimes we forget that we are not alone in that pain. Hardship comes in many varieties, and the books in this series offer varied examples but present a common theme: there is hope along the way.
Using Steven Johnson’s bestselling book and the accompanying PBS documentary, this series explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences.
Six suggested sessions, pairing the book section with the appropriate PBS series episode:
A survey of jazz culture through both time and place, this series mixes incisive fiction with sweeping film.
The tricky, unstable quality of memory is poignantly captured in the works of this series, showing that what we remember may or may not accurately represent reality.
This mixed media series is heart-wrenching, heartwarming and terrifying in turn. These well-known titles by South Carolina authors highlight the humor and horror present in all Southerners.
Compare three classic plays to their film adaptations.
These classic Westerns, in both their literary and film varieties, capture the spirit of the American frontier and will capture anybody’s imagination.
The female protagonists of these classic works endure hardships with patience and resolve and manage to live their lives with deep personal integrity.
Follow the protagonists of Collins, Austen and Du Maurier from the page to the screen as they navigate challenging landscapes of romance and social hierarchy in their respective worlds.
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to produce this series. The series contains four films.
A film survey of American presidents:
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Harry Truman
- Lyndon B. Johnson
- Richard Nixon
- Ronald Reagan