More Maryland literary output

Books of the Region

December 14, 2003|By James H. Bready | James H. Bready,Special to the Sun

Here is the second part of the annual attempt at a census of books written by Marylanders or relating to Maryland -- books for the general reader. The first part ran last Sunday.

Critical Studies

Hogarth's Harlots: Sacred Parody in Enlightenment England, by Ronald Paulson (Johns Hopkins, 424 pages, $49.95). Meaning in the works of the great 18th-century engraver.

Thomas Hardy and the Law, by William A. Davis (University of Delaware, 199 pages, $39.50). Legal presences in his life and fiction.

Religion and Uplift

Riding the Dragon: Ten Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times, by Robert J. Wicks (Ave Maria, 160 pages, $15.95). Helping people to engage their problems, and to grow through them.

The Open Door, by Frederica Mathewes-Green (Paraclete, 144 pages, $16.95). The Orthodox Church's icons, and their role.

Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860, by Diane Batts Morrow (University of North Carolina, 368 pages, $19.95). Founded here, "the first permanent African-American Roman Catholic sisterhood."

The Wacko From Waco, by Carolyn Permentier (Writers Club, 163 pages, $12.95). Acceptance of one another: "mandatory for the salvation of our planet."

No Weapons, by Dawnn Mitchell (American Literary Press, 73 pages, $9.95). Praise and pleas to God.

Poetry

Parthenopi, by Michael Waters (Bowa Editions, 130 pages, $13.95).

The Drift of Things, by Terry Winch (The Figures Press).

Barbarism, by Molly McQuade (Four Way Books).

River of Stars, by Vonnie Winslow Crist and Melissa Ann Crist(Lite Circle Books, 96 pages, $9.95).

Science, Medicine

The Memory Cure: How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease, by Majid Fatuhi (McGraw-Hill, 288 pages, $21.95). A neurologist offers nine steps toward fortifying your mind. To start with, pay attention.

I Pay You to Listen, Not Talk, by Nathan Schnaper (PublishAmerica, 254 pages, $21.95). Recollections by a University Hospital psychologist, particularly of cancer patients.

Sexual Disorders: Perspectives on Diagnosis and Treatment, by Peter J. Fagan (Johns Hopkins, 200 pages, $18.95).

Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options, by Edward E. Wallach (Johns Hopkins, 208 pages, $16.95).

Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents, by Francis Mark Mondimore (Johns Hopkins, 304 pages, $17.95).

Understanding Sleeplessness: Perspectives on Insomnia, by David Neubauer (Johns Hopkins, 208 pages, $45).

Intelligent Memory: Improve the Memory That Makes You Smarter, by Barry Gordon and Lisa Berger (Viking, 256 pages, $24.95).

Suspense, Crime

Finding Susan, by Molly Hurley Moran (Southern Illinois University, 240 pages, $29.50). True crime: In 1994, Susan Harrison of Ruxton disappeared; her body was later found in Frederick County woods. The never-charged killer was her business-executive husband, James Harrison (now supposedly in dementia), in the eyes of the author -- Susan Harrison's sister.

The Search for Rosita, by John E. Mann (Xlibris, 220 pages, $21.99). Detective Joe Kepper from Marlboro, on the trail of one slippery suspect.

The Rabbi and the Hit Man, by Arthur J. Magida (HarperCollins, 304 pages, $24.95). A true-crime tale: the New Jersey rabbi whose wife was killed by a thug hired for that purpose by the rabbi.

Every Secret Thing, by Laura Lippman (Morrow, 388 pages, $24.95). The children's hour -- but today, even being a child can be dangerous. For Lippman's many fans, a new detective and a new darkness.

Havana, by Stephen Hunter (Simon & Schuster, 416 pages, $24.95). Cuba, 1953: Is this young revolutionary, Fidel Castro, a threat? Earl Swagger arrives, for the CIA; and Comrade Speshnev, representing Moscow. Beware that newcomer, Speshnev -- he steals scenes.

The Samurai's Daughter, by Sujata Massey (HarperCollins, 320 pages, $24.95). California and Japan, in the sixth Rei Shimura thriller.

Angel Cafe: Some Spirits Are Best Left Alone, by Jill Morrow (Pocket Books, 378 pages, $6.99). At the Angel Cafe in South Baltimore, the house specialty is psychic readings. But what Kat Valenti wants to know is who killed her fiance, Peter, a Sun reporter.

The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, by Dan Fesperman (Knopf, 320 pages, $24). History and nationality ever darken the Balkans, where Vlado Petric, on the trail of a top Croatian Nazi, also seeks the true story of his late father's wartime role.

The Moon Trilogy, by Ruth Glick writing as Rebecca York, plus two other novels (all from Berkley) (plus four novels from Harlequin).

The Teeth of the Tiger, by Tom Clancy (Putnam, 431 pages, $27.95). A crime-fighter this time is the former president's son, Jack Ryan Jr.

A Whole World of Trouble, by Helen Chappell (Simon & Schuster, 224 pages, $23). The latest attitudes, gossip and violations in Oysterback, that probably mythical Eastern Shore locality.

Darkside, by P. T. Deutermann (St. Martin's, 352 pages, $24.95). Unauthorized goings-on at the Naval Academy, remembered or dreamed up by an old grad.

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