Maryland Almanac

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November 18, 2007

A gift: The Enoch Pratt Free Library announced last week that it is giving every Baltimore public school teacher, about 6,000 educators, a copy of the children's book The Three Questions. This beloved tale is one of the favorite books of Andres Alonso, new chief executive officer of Baltimore City public schools. "We would like to welcome Dr. Alonso to Baltimore by presenting this gift to our dedicated educators across the city," said Carla D. Hayden, executive director of the library.

New on the shelf

"A Slave No More" by David W. Blight -- Harcourt

Slave narratives, some of the most powerful records of our past, are extremely rare, with only 55 post-Civil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group with the publication of A Slave No More, a major new addition to the canon of American history.

"Turning Back the Clock" -- by Umberto Eco / Harcourt

"The Bible" -- by Karen Armstrong/ Grove / Atlantic

"Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis" -- by Ed Sikov / Holt

"A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years" -- by John Richardson / Knopf

"Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters" -- Penguin

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