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By Dave Rosenthal | September 25, 2012
J.K. Rowling's first stab at adult literature, "The Casual Vacancy," won't be released until Thursday, but it's already headed to the top of the best seller lists. It's currently at #3 by Amazon and #2 by Barnes & Noble. Not a bad start. Of course, millions of adults have read Rowling's Harry Potter series, but this will be Rowling's first book aimed squarely at an older market. According to news reports, the 500-plus page book deals with a small town called Pagford, and a local election that exposes the gulf between its middle class and the poor who live nearby.
By Colleen Jaskot, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
About a year ago, Stephanie Barber looked up Bob Seger's 1976 classic "Night Moves" on YouTube, trying to figure out the lyrics. "I started reading the comments, and I just spent hours reading, and I cried, and I was like, 'Oh my god, this is so moving, this forum," Barber said. Barber, a Baltimore artist and writer, turned those unedited YouTube comments into a book called "Night Moves. " It's her way of exploring human nature, especially through relatively new public forums like YouTube.
By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
At first, Michele Norris didn't think her revelatory, heart-piercing book, "The Grace of Silence," would get so personal. The co-host of "All Things Considered" presumed that writing about race would extend the work she had done in 2008 for a multipart National Public Radio series that asked residents of York, Pa., straightforward questions. "Do white Americans underestimate discrimination? Do black people make too much of it? How would the country be different if led by a black man?"
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2011
This week I started a new book and before I'd made it past the introduction, I was already in tears. The book was about coping with the grief of losing a pet. I can barely handle it on paper. I can't even imagine what it will feel like in real life. But that's what Jon Katz's new book is all about -- helping people like me, those who love their furry ones dearly -- find peace when they go. Katz wrote the book, called "Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die," after he lost his beloved border collie Orson, the dog he credits with changing his life, and helping him realize he wanted to write about animals.
BY MARISSA GALLO | Record staff | February 8, 2012
Perryville's rich history is the focus of a new "Images of America" book, thanks to town commissioner Alan Fox. The book filled with historical photos and the stories behind them was released Jan. 16 after nearly a year of planning and work. Fox, a longtime Perryville resident, was interested in pursuing the project when Arcadia Publishing, the company responsible for the book series, contacted the town to find a prospective writer. "[I] wanted to give it a try," he said, especially given his interest in local history.
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Baltimore's Sip & Bite restaurant is one of the restaurants featured in Guy Fieri's new book, "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown," in which Fieri takes readers back to some of his favorite finds from recent seasons of his long-running Food Network show. Apparently Fieri really had a good time at the Sip & Bite .  "I'm not allowed to watch the rerun of Sip & Bite because I fall off my chair laughing," Fieri writes in the new book. "These guys are some of the funniest people I've met in my Triple D travels.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2012
In 1997, Madeleine Albright couldn't have been more certain that she knew everything important about herself and was in possession of every relevant fact about her life. And then, at age 59, just days after being confirmed as U.S. secretary of state, Albright became aware that her parents had kept a big secret from her, her sister, Kathy, and their brother, John. "I had no idea that my family heritage was Jewish," said Albright, a native of Czechoslovakia. "I had no idea that more than two dozen of my relatives died in the Holocaust.
By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
Cal Ripken Jr. stopped by The Baltimore Sun this morning as part of the promotional tour for his third children's novel, “Wild Pitch,” which came out today. The book - about a young pitcher who loses his confidence after beaning an opponent - was co-written by Sun columnist Kevin Cowherd. Before leaving on a book signing tour that will include stops in a number of spring training spots (including the Orioles' camp in Sarasota on Thursday), Ripken sat down for a quick Q&A touching on the O's, his color commentary, the late Earl Weaver and his son Ryan.
By SUSAN REIMER | December 7, 1999
I AM NOT SURE we need another book telling us it is important to read to our children every day, to keep in touch with their teachers and to turn off the TV, but we have one.And it is a big, thick one.Former education secretary William J. Bennett -- he of "The Book of Virtues" -- has lent his familiar name and conservative reputation to a new book called, "The Educated Child: A Parent's Guide From Preschool Through Eighth Grade."It is an ambitious guide to the back-to-basics movement in education.
By Leonard Pitts Jr | December 20, 2004
WASHINGTON -- Granted, it is not the sexiest subject in the world, not the kind of thing that gets people het up enough to write letters to the editor. Yet there are few things more vitally important to understanding the world and our role in it. I'm talking about history and the teaching thereof. And if you keep rolling your eyes, your face is going to freeze like that. Not that I'm surprised. We are a historical people, a nation of short memories and cherished myths. For us, history doesn't matter -- right up until it does.
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