Books of the region: In 1995, Maryland writers outdid themselves Literary output: Volumes from and about the region proliferate.

January 28, 1996|By James H. Bready | James H. Bready,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Editor's note: (O) means oversize; (P), paperbound.

Here is Part Two of a checklist of last year's general-reader books - by Marylanders or about Maryland. (Part One was in The Sun of Nov. 18.)

"Book" is slippery, in the age of desktop, small-press and subvention publishing. Completeness is always an illusion (Sunday after next, Part Three). But 1995's list is the longest yet, going back through 1954.

Not only have Maryland's authors been going strong, but there is solid promise of glory to come. Look at these three examples of work in progress:

Anthony Mafale. A college student, he has finished a Belair Road novel, "Confessions at the Cafe Tattoo Bar and Grill." Its philosophic underpinnings (Dante, Foucault) have his Towson State mentors predicting great things.

William McCloskey. The author of published and republished books about Alaska and commercial ocean fishing, he waits to hear from his agent about three finished projects - a novel, a nonfiction book and a full-length play.

Stephen Hunter. Action thrillers by The Sun's film critic have sold more than 2 million copies. His seventh novel, "Black Light" (a return to the Arkansas of "Point of Impact"), is due out from Doubleday in June.

Art

"Going for Baroque," edited by Lisa G. Corrin and Joaneath Spicer. The Contemporary and the Walters Art Gallery. 76 pages. $22 (O)

"Pandora: Women in Classical Greece," by Ellen D. Reeder. Princeton. 432 pages. $95 (O) (P)

"Johns Lichtenstein Rauschenberg Kelly Stella: Masterworks in the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection," by Robert Saltonstall Mattison. Hudson Hills. 200 pages. $50 (O)

"Black Basalt, From Wedgwood and Its Competitors," by Diana Edwards. Wappingers Falls, N.Y.: Antique Collectors Club. 370 pages. $89.50 (O)

Biography, Autobiography

"In Search of Heroes," by Joseph Taler. Gateway. 260 pages. $22.95

"Paradoxes of Fame: The Francis Scott Key Story," by Sam Meyer. Eastwind. 144 pages. $15.95

"Korea: Frozen Hell on Earth," by Boris R. Spiroff. Vantage. 92 pages. $12.95. The 1950s' war.

"The Making of a Falcon," by Dominic Fino. Vantage. 232 pages. $16.95. Reliving Vietnam.

Business

"Innovating for Health: The Story of Baxter International," by Thomas G. Cody. Baxter, Deerfield, Ill. 428 pages. $24.95

Cooking

"The Greens Book," by Susan Belsinger and Carolyn Dyle. Interweave Press. 112 pages. $14.95 (P)

"Healthful Cooking for Two (or Just You)," by Frances Price. Rodale. 288 pages. $27.95

"The Bread Machine Baker," by Elisabeth M. Harbison. Random House/Wings. l60 pages. $8.99 (P)

"Leprechaun Cake and Other Tales: A Vegetarian Story-Cookbook," by Vonnie Winslow Crist. Vegetarian Resource Group. 128 pages. $9.95 (P). Four short stories, plus Debra Wasserman recipes.

Critical Studies

"From Baltimore to Baker Street: 13 Sherlockian Studies," by William Hyder. Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library. 230 pages. $24

"The Crisis of Judgment in Kant's Three Critiques," by Irmgard Scherer. Peter Lang. 241 pages. $44.95

"Anne Tyler: A Bio-Bibliography," by Robert W. Croft. Greenwood Press. 192 pages. $45

"Schelling and the End of Idealism," by Dale E. Snow. State University of New York. 271 pages. $16.95 (P)

"Our America: Nativism, Modernism and Pluralism," by Walter Benn Michaels. Duke. 186 pages. $24.95

Cyberspace

"Online Journalist," by Elliott King. Harcourt, Brace. 251 pages. $19.95

"From Paper to Online Publishing," by Larry Bielawski. Prentice-Hall. 288 pages. $34.95

"Beyond Programming," by Bruce I. Blum. Oxford. 256 pages. $29.95

Fiction

"The Long Sun," by Janice Lucas. Soho. 266 pages. $22. Life among the 1700s Tuscaroras.

"Night Train to Memphis," by Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz). Warner. 353 pages. $21.95

"Clouded Dreams," by Deborah Insel. Delphinium. 273 pages. $19.95. An inner-city high school.

"The Moon at Noon," by Uche N. Kalu. American Literary Press. 88 pages. $12.95 (P). 18th-century Africa.

"The Children Bob Moses Led," by William Heath. Milkweed. 350 pages. $21.95. Registering black voters in 1964 Mississippi.

"Today Is Tomorrow," by Betty Steuart Herman. Vantage. 175 pages. $10.95 (P). World War II Baltimore.

"The Resurrectionist," by Thomas F. Monteleone. Warner. 361 pages. $19.95. Maryland has a Republican senator; he finds he can revive dead people; word gets out.

"My Baltimore Landsmen," by Herman Taube. Dryad. 225 pages. $12.95 (P). Before and after the Holocaust.

"Eastern Peaches," by Sandy Fleming. Dragonfly. $8 (P)

"True Betrayals," by Nora Roberts. Putnam. 338 pages. $22.95

"Natchez: A Novel of the Deep South," by Pamela Jekel. Kensington Publishing. 482 pages. $19.95

"Paradise: Stories of a Changing Chesapeake," by J. H. Hall. Rappahannock (Box 549, Urbanna, Va. 23175). 126 pages. $9.95 (P)

"Antipodes 10," by John Pascal. American Literary Press. 179 pages. $14.95

"Beethoven Was Black & Browne Is White," by Mark Hayes. Mt. Holly Press. 230 pages. $8 (P)

Health & Medicine

"Community Health Nursing: Theory and Practice," by Claudia M. Smith and Fran A. Maurer. Saunders. 872 pages. $45.95

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