Maryland Almanac

December 16, 2007


Maryland history: For readers curious about the history of the state where they live, there's a wonderful book, published several years ago, that is absolutely worth a second look. Maryland, A Middle Temperament: 1634-1980 by Robert Brugger won rave reviews when it was published in 1996. It's expensive for a paperback -- $25.95 -- but it's extraordinarily readable. "The most comprehensive and readable history of the Free State ever published. It's absolutely the only account I've ever seen that makes almost all our state history seem important or entertaining or both. It will doubtless be used for generations," wrote reviewer John Goodspeed of The Sun.

Baltimore architecture: And if you would like to explore the architectural heritage of Baltimore, The Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History might be just the volume for you. Published in 2004 by the Johns Hopkins University Press, this volume offers an encyclopedic view of the city's rich trove of historically significant architecture. "The definitive inventory and guide to the architectural history of one of the premiere old cities. ... Any long-established Baltimorean should treasure this volume for its celebration of tradition and innovation. Newly arrived Baltimoreans could find no finer guide to what the place looks like and how it came to be this way -- and why," said The Sun's reviewer.

Suburban decay: Thomas J. Vicino, an assistant professor of urban affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington, is hard at work on a book documenting economic decline in Baltimore's inner suburbs. Vicino describes his book Transforming Race and Class in Suburbia: Decline in Metropolitan Baltimore as the first comprehensive analysis of suburban decline for an entire region.



JEFFREY GOLDBERG -- The author will sign his book, Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew across the Middle East Divide, in an event sponsored jointly by the Ivy Bookshop and Chizuk Amuno Synagogue. / 3 p.m. / Chizuk Amuno Synagogue / 8100 Stevenson Road / Pikesville Tomorrow

REOPENING -- The Roland Park Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will reopen. / Noon / 5108 Roland Ave. Sunday, Dec. 23

RAFAEL ALVAREZ, MIMI ZANNINO and AIRIN MILLER -- Three authors with deep roots in Southeast Baltimore will read from their works. Zannino has written two poetry collections, Miller writes fiction and Alvarez writes fiction, essays and screenplays. / 2 p.m. / Pratt Library -- Southeast Anchor Library / 3601 Eastern Ave.

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