Frank Warren, Natalie Standiford, and Stephen Hunter
Frank WarrenPostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God (William Morrow)Five years ago, Germantown resident Frank Warren started PostSecret, a community art project in which he asked...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Alison Kahn & Peggy Fox
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Thing Around Your Neck (Knopf)Adichie writes gripping stories that balance beauty and brutality on the sharp spur of human impulse. That the balance tips so...
Geoff Brown, Kate Ledger, and Mike Gesker
Geoff BrownMoon Baltimore (Avalon Travel)Brown used to occupy an office down the hall—he's Baltimore's former managing editor—so I know he's something of an expert on the city and what it has to...
Marion WinikThe Glen Rock Book of the Dead (Counterpoint)In this slim but potent volume, Winik recalls 51 people, all now dead, who've touched her in some meaningful way. A lecturer at...
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (Ecco)Edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey
This is a book that's destined to become a cult classic, although it should be a commercial smash....
Ellen B. Hirschland and Nancy Hirschland Ramage, and Elizabeth Spires
Ellen B. Hirschland and Nancy Hirschland RamageThe Cone Sisters of Baltimore: Collecting at Full Tilt (Northwestern)If you're looking for the definitive Cone Sisters biography, this isn't it....
Dan Fesperman, Susan Strempek Shea, and C. Fraser Smith
Dan FespermanThe Amateur Spy (Knopf)Over the past 10 years, Fesperman has steadily crafted a remarkable body of work and carved a niche for himself in a crowded field of mystery/thriller novelists. A...
James McBride, Daniel Mark Epstein, and Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips
James McBrideSong Yet Sung (Riverhead)The envelope please… The 2010 Academy Award for Best Actress goes to Halle Berry for Song Yet Sung. And Oscars for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting...
Locus, Carol Boston Weatherford, Sean Qualls, and Michael Chabon
LocusIssue #4When this local arts magazine launched two years ago, I was impressed by the curatorial skill and overall thoughtfulness it exhibited. I didn't want to get too attached though,...
Afaa Michael Weaver, Max Apple, and Michael Buckley
Afaa Michael WeaverThe Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005 (Pittsburgh)Weaver grew up in East Baltimore, served a voluntary stint in the U.S. Army Reserves, and worked at the Proctor and Gamble...