2001 was prolific for Marylanders

Books Of The Region

November 25, 2001|By James H. Bready | James H. Bready,Special to the Sun

Amid the tumults of 2001, this region's authors and publishers have stayed by their keyboards and their cash-flow charts, producing new books for the general reader. Here, accordingly, is the annual try at a census of such works, by Marylanders or about Maryland. (S) means softbound; (O), oversize.


The Other Side of Color: African American Art in the Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr., by David C. Driskell (Pomegranate, 213 pages, $65). Of the 47 artists represented, the first is Joshua Johnston.

Matisse in the Cone Collection: The Poetics of Vision, by Jack Flam (Baltimore Museum of Art, 118 pages, $19.95) (S). Flam's sixth book on Matisse. Excellent color reproductions.

Inventing the Renaissance Putto, by Charles Dempsey (University of North Carolina, 277 pages, $59.95). A putto is a naked child, usually a cherub or cupid.

Lives in Art: Sixteen Women Who Changed Theater in Baltimore, by Maravene Loeschke (107 pages, $14.95). Producers, playwrights, directors.

Biography, Autobiography

A Life Divided: George Peabody, Pivotal Figure in Anglo-American Finance, Philanthropy and Diplomacy, by Robert Van Riper (Xlibris, 255 pages, $31.99). How he made all that money in the first place.

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, by Daniel Mark Epstein (Henry Holt, 300 pages, $26). The connections between a famous beauty's love poems and love life.

Noble Powell and the Episcopal Establishment in the 20th Century, by David Hein (University of Illinois Press, 182 pages, $29.95). A Maryland bishop (1941 to 1963) whom the civil rights movement left behind.

Radical Visions: Stringfellow Barr, Scott Buchanan and Their Efforts on Behalf of Education and Politics in the Twentieth Century, by Charles A. Nelson (Bergin & Garvey, 226 pages, $59). They founded the Great Books Program, in 1937 at St. John's College in Annapolis.

Fugitives: Evading and Escaping the Japanese, by Bob Stahl (University Press of Kentucky, 143 pages, $22.50). After the fall of the Philippines, three U.S. civilians safely reach Australia.

With the Fifth Army Air Force: Photos From the Pacific Theater, by James P. Gallagher (Johns Hopkins, 208 pages, $34.95). A World War II serviceman's tales and photos.

Ottmar Mergenthaler: The Man and His Machine, by Basil Kahan (Oak Knoll, 254 pages, $55). The man who, while in Baltimore, invented the Linotype.

Given to God: The Life of Katherine Ferguson, by Margaret D. Pagan (Peggy's Trunk, 152 pages, $14.95). A freed New York City slave pioneers in the Sunday School movement.

Chesapeake Bay

Saving the Bay: People Working for the Future of the Chesapeake, by Ann E. Dorbin; photos by Richard A. K. Dorbin (Johns Hopkins, 352 pages, $36). Profiles of 46 men and women whose efforts may yet arrest its decline.

The Chesapeake Bay, by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers and Stillman Rogers (Hunter, 495 pages, $18.95) (S). Not pocket-size, but it's accurate, thorough, sensible.

Dancing With the Tide, by Mick Blackistone (Tidewater, 266 pages, $24.95). The watermen -- over against recreational fishing, conservation, politics, polluted runoff and simple, basic overpopulation.

The Chesapeake: An Environmental Biography, by John R. Wennersten (Maryland Historical Society Press, 255 pages, $30). Wennersten is good on the past, relentless toward the present (the bay is not "dying" but "impaired") and scary as to the future.

Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay, by Christopher T. George (White Mane, 213 pages, $39.95). A familiar topic, but this could be the best single-volume treatment yet.

Discovering the Chesapeake: The History of an Ecosystem, Philip D. Curtin, Grace S. Brush, George S. Fisher, editors (Johns Hopkins, 400 pages, $23.50) (S).

A Day on the Bay: Postcard Views of the Chesapeake, by Bert Smith and Anthea Smith (Johns Hopkins, 96 pages, $29.95). Excursions, in long-ago postcards.

Local History and Culture

Breaking Away From Broken Windows: Baltimore Neighborhoods and the Nationwide Fight Against Crime, Grime, Fear and Decline, by Ralph B. Taylor (Westview, 386 pages, $35). We can do better by our city.

Growing Up in Baltimore: A Photographic History, by Eden Unger Bowditch (Arcadia, 128 pages, $19.99). Unfamiliar images; good on schools back when.

The Pasadena Peninsula: A Closer Look at the Land Between Two Rivers, by Isabel Shipley Cunningham (Pasadena Business Association, 409 pages, $30). Southeast of Baltimore, north of Annapolis, between Patapsco and Magothy, lies Pasadena, with its ancestors, its families, its strawberries.

A Place in Our Hearts: Roland Park Country School (RPCS, 289 pages, $30). Some powerhouse bylines: Josephine Jacobsen '26, Adrienne Rich '47, Joan Buckler Claybrook '55, Kathy Hudson '67, Jane Tinsley Swope '34, Betty Ann Schmick Howard, '57, editor.

Journeys to the Heart of Baltimore, by Michael Olesker (Johns Hopkins, 346 pages, $22.50). It must be wonderful to be a newspaper columnist -- you get to meet such interesting inhabitants.

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