Maryland is well-represented in 1992's author and subject list

December 27, 1992|By James H. Bready

If Greater Baltimore never had so many bookstores, Maryland seems never to have had so many authors. All year, the publishing of general-reader books by Marylanders or about Maryland never slackened. Now begins the annual foolhardy attempt to sight them, to sort them (in more categories than ever) and, mentioning merely name and book title, to salute their authors, editors, illustrators, printers and marketers.

When fiction alone passes a dozen entries, you know it's been a busy year. Novels included Brent Wade's "Company Man," "Biting the Wall" by J. M. Johnston, Jean McGarry's "The Courage of Girls," Robert Stone's "Outerbridge Reach," "State v. Justice" by Gallatin Warfield, "His Master's Voice" by Robert Kotlowitz, Lawrence Hill's "Some Great Thing," "The Great Molinas" by Neil D. Isaacs, E. Hunter Wilson's "In My Father's House," "Vanish With the Rose" by Barbara Michaels (Barbara Mertz), J. D. Gould's "Throw the Rascals Out," William P. Mack's "Checkfire" and "Ripples" by William Elliot Hazelgrove. Science fiction included books by Thomas F. Monteleone, James Luceno and Brian Daley, and Jack McKinney; among thrillers was John Feinstein's "Running Mates." Short story collections included Elisavietta Ritchie's "Flying Time: Stories and Half Stories" and "Mindwarps," by John Maclay.

Bountiful is ever the word for romance fiction. As to Nora Roberts, No. 1 from coast to coast, her half-dozen new novels included her first in hardback. Others in the genre: Lucia St. Clair Robson, Mary Jo Putney (two titles), Ruth Glick and Eileen Buckholtz (as Rebecca York), Louise Titchener (as Anne Silverlock), Linda Shertzer (as Melinda Pryce), Carolyn Males (as Clare Richards), Rita Boucher, Chassie West (as Joyce McGill), Cynthia Bailey-Pratt, Nancy Baggett, Kathryn Jensen (as Nicole Davidson), Ellen Rawlings (two titles), Anne Knoll, Vivian Copeland (as Vivian Keith), Sonya Crown, J. C. West. And "the first African-American adult romance" nationally was by Terry Hurt.

Also dependable are biography and autobiography; for example, Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday," by Robert O'Meally, even if it did expunge Baltimore as her birthplace; "Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography," by Craig L. Symonds; Carl Bradfield's vivid "The Blue Spaders: Vietnam"; "My Life and Times," by Verda F. Welcome as told to James M. Abraham; Susan White-Bowden's "Moonbeams Come at Dark Times: Turning 50 in the '90s"; "To Heal the Heart of a Child: Helen Taussig, M.D.," by Joyce Baldwin; "Thurgood Marshall: Warrior at the Bar, Rebel on the Bench," by Michael D. Davis and Hunter R. Clark; "In Praise of Common Things: Lizette Woodworth Reese Revisited," in which Robert J. Jones recounts her life and anthologizes her poetry; and Jeffrey Meyers' "Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy."

History was somehow martial: "First Call: The Making of the Modern U.S. Military," by Thomas D. Boettcher; Ernest R. Furgurson's widely lauded "Chancellorsville"; "Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas," by John J. Hennessy; "Sherman at War," letters annotated by Joseph H. Ewing; Rick Mitchell's "Airacobra Advantage, The Flying Cannon: Bell Aircraft's P-39 Pursuit Fighter; "Raid on Qaddafi: The Untold Story of History's Longest Fighter Mission," by Robert E. Venkus; "On Strategy II: A Critical Analysis of the Gulf War," by Harry G. Summers Jr.

But also, "A Time for Gathering: The Second Migration, 1820-1880," by Hasia Diner, Vol. II in "The Jewish People in America"; David Mitch's "The Rise of Popular Literacy in Victorian England: The Influence of Private Choice and Public Policy"; "Structure, Process and Party: Essays in American Political History," by Peter Argersinger; John W. Baldwin's "The Government of Philip Augustus: Foundations of Royal Power in the Middle Ages"; "Death by Migration: Europe's Encounter With the Tropical World in the 19th Century," by Philip D. Curtin; "The Commonwealth of Oceana and a System of Politics," by J. G. A. Pocock; A. J. R. Russell-Wood's "A World on the Move: The Portuguese in Africa, Asia and America, 1415-1808"; "The Estate of Social Knowledge," by JoAnne Brown (and David K. Van Keuren); "The Origins of American Social Science," by Dorothy Ross; "Music of the Highest Class: Elitism and Populism in Antebellum Boston," by Michael Broyles, and Judith Walkowitz's City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late Victorian London."

And three conflicting Kennedy-Dallas books: "Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK," by Bonar Menninger, relating Howard Donahue's reconstruction of an accidental, non-Oswald shot; Harrison E. Livingstone's follow-up to a best-seller, "High Treason 2"; and "JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue and the Struggle for Power," by John M. Newman.

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