April 14, 2010
Erin Nicolson sifted through her collection of bedtime books and held up her favorite: "Hanna's Sabbath Dress," by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el, about a girl waiting to try on a new outfit, once customary during the Jewish period of rest. While the 4-year old from Owings Mills spoke of staging her own rendition of the tale, her 2-year-old brother Adam pointed to one of his favorites: "Five Little Gefiltes," by Dave Horowitz, a Yiddish parody of the children's song, "Five Little Ducks."
November 1, 2011
Our bookshelf is looking a bit sad lately. So we enlisted some of the young staff at Enoch Pratt Free Library branches to give us their picks for books they're loving right now.
January 8, 2013
Richard Ben Cramer had the gift of a great writer: an agile mind that generated entertaining books and magazine articles in topics as disparate as Middle East politics and baseball. The Chestertown, Md., resident, who died Monday at age 62, "had raw talent for writing and reporting and was just so damn good," said Tom Horton, a former Baltimore Sun colleague said in an obituary. "He was born to be a journalist and a writer. " His books ranged from "Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life," a biography of the Yankee outfielder to "What It Takes: The Way to the White House, a look at the 1988 presidential campaign," to "How Israel Lost: The Four Questions," which wrestled with the decades-long conflict between the young country and Palestinians.
March 8, 2013
L. Frank Baum's classic about a wonderful wizard is getting a new look, in a movie prequel called "Oz: The Great & Powerful. " This isn't a true adaptation -- in fact, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and other key characters do not even appear, and references to Baum's work are kept to a minimum. Early reactions show that the movie may be more appealling to general sudiences than to critics . It's a reimagining of the background of the huckster who is swept away to a magical land and is thrust into an uncomftable role as leader.
December 7, 2012
When author Margaret Meacham was a little girl, she let her imagination soar while perched high in the branches of a buckeye tree in her family's Pittsburgh backyard. Now, half a century after those leafy daydreams, the 60-year-old Meacham is a popular author of children's books, some of which have been translated into German and French. She has taught creative writing to hundreds of students at Goucher College and online through the Gotham Writers' Workshop. She is the mother of three grown children and lives in Brooklandville with her husband and their two dogs.
December 5, 2010
A friend of mine has been reading a particularly fine book aloud to his wife these dark autumn-almost-winter nights. It's Simon Winchester's "biography" of that great body of water to Maryland's east. Mr. Winchester's "Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories" (HarperCollins) contains prose, my friend says, that "rolls off the tongue like a long Atlantic swell. A great story well told. " Another friend read the book and said: "Simon Winchester is a man who never wrote a simple declarative sentence.
October 12, 2012
Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of theScore Television Network and The Baltimore Sun spoke with Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) about the new WWE video game, CM Punk, a comedy show and his books.
August 18, 2011
Since moving to Carroll County last fall, Terry Pitt has found herself immersed in pastries and books. As the founder of The Stone Soup Foundation, a nonprofit that provides meals for the homeless and people in need in Carroll County, Pitt raises money for the organization by combining two of her hobbies - baking and reading. "When I moved here to Carroll County last October, I decided to take a different direction," said Pitt, a professional caterer for more than 11 years.
January 15, 2012
I have something for you. In June 2010, I wrote in this space about a book, "The New Jim Crow," by Michelle Alexander, which I called a "troubling and profoundly necessary" work. Ms. Alexander promulgated an explosive argument. Namely, that the so-called "War on Drugs" amounts to a war on African-American men and, more to the point, to a racial caste system nearly as restrictive, oppressive and omnipresent as Jim Crow itself. This because, although white Americans are far and away the nation's biggest dealers and users of illegal drugs, African-Americans are far and away the ones most likely to be jailed for drug crimes.