Maryland connection speaks volumes in the books of 1993

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Amid all the fuss about reading, let's salute those Marylanders who in 1993 had something to say to the general reader, and those authors, wherever based, who wrote about Maryland.

Here's the annual census. Some worthy book will doubtless fall off the table -- to be picked up apologetically in a subsequent addendum.

Fiction

From Maryland's three large-audience suspense masters came (chronologically) "Point of Impact," by Stephen Hunter; Tom Clancy's "Without Remorse" and "Houses of Stone," by Barbara Mertz (as Barbara Michaels). Mr. Clancy also got a nonfiction best seller with his "Submarine."

Madison Smartt Bell wrote "Save Me, Joe Louis." Out of the Vietnam War came "Ghostrider One," published shortly after Gerry Carroll's death in October. World War II life in the Pacific was fictionalized in "The Watery Hell" by Ray Thompson of the Merchant Marine; same war, same theater occupied William P. Mack in "New Guinea."

In "The Divorce: A Lawyer-Bashing Epic," Sylvan Shane bashed lawyers. "The Keeper of the Ferris Wheel" was Jack McBride White's first novel. Glenn Moomau's "Don't Look Back" came with art. "Risks" was by Barbara Cummings and Jo-Ann Power; "Bayou," by Pam Jekel.

And the master of short story writing, Stephen Dixon, gave us "Long Made Short."

For detective fiction with a local angle: Martha Grimes' "The Horse You Came In On," Howard Smead's "Kak Drenner," Michael Mewshaw's "True Crime" and "HomeBody" by Louise Titchener, from whom also came a fantasy novel. Representing science fiction and fantasy were James Luceno (Jack McKinney), with two titles, and Thomas F. Monteleone.

Happy endings in 1993 for many a reader in romance fiction: Cheryl B. Bacon, Cynthia Bailey-Pratt (also writing as Lydia Browne) (two titles), Sonia Crowne (writing as Rita Boucher), Barbara Cummings and Jo-Anne Powers (Ann Crowleigh) (four titles), Mary Ann Frounfelker (Mara Fitzcharles), Ruth Glick and Eileen Buckholtz (Rebecca York -- the "43 Light Street" series), Rhonda Harding-Pollero (Kelsey Roberts), Kathryn Jensen (Nicole Davidson), Anne Knoll, Mary Jo Putney (two titles), Ellen Rawlings, Candace Schuler (three titles) and Linda Shertzer (Melinda Pryce).

Nora Roberts (three titles), tops in the genre nationally, is gaining internationally -- off soon to Italy for a reader party.

Nonfiction

In biography and autobiography, the books included "Becoming Brothers," by Howard Waskow and Arthur Waskow; two more lives of Thurgood Marshall, Carl T. Rowan's "Dream Makers, Dream Breakers" and "Thurgood Marshall: Justice for All," by Roger Goldman with David Gallen; Daniel Mark Epstein's "Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson"; "Created Equal: The Lives and Ideas of Black Innovators," by James Michael Brodie; Neil McAleer's "Arthur C. Clarke: The Authorized Biography."

In history: "America in the Age of Soviet Power," by Warren I. Cohen; Andrew Billingsley's "Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring Legacy of African-American Families"; Blaine Taylor's "Guarding the Fuehrer: Sepp Dietrich, Johann Rattenhuber and the Protection of Adolf Hitler"; "Free at Last," documents on slavery, freedom and the Civil War culled by Ira Berlin, Steven F. Miller and Leslie S. Rowland; Donald G. Shomette's "The Hunt for HMS DeBraak" off the Delaware coast.

Also, "Sojourners in the Sun: Scottish Migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740-1800," by Alan L. Karras; Jack P. Greene's "The Intellectual Construction of America: Exceptionalism and Identity"; "Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy, 1300-1600," by Richard A. Goldthwaite; Donald L. Canney's "The Old Steam Navy: The Ironclads, 1842-1885"; "Sharks of Steel," by Yogi Kaufman and Paul Stillwell; Mr. Stillwell's "The Golden 13: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers"; "The Salzburg Transaction: Expulsion and Redemption in 18th Century Germany."

And, Harrison E. Livingstone's sequel, "Killing the Truth: Deceit and Deception in the JFK Case."

The many voices of local history spoke well and often. "The Great Road: The Building of the Baltimore & Ohio, the Nation's First Railroad, 1828-1853," by James D. Dilts, was a monumental tale of now-departed glory. In "Slavery, Slaveholding and the Free Black Population of Antebellum Baltimore," Ralph Clayton recorded Johns Hopkins, Baltimore merchant, as once a slaveholder. New evidence was a feature also of Eric L. Goldstein's "Traders and Transports: the Jews of Colonial Maryland."

"The Voice of This Calling," a tercentenary history of Baltimore's first Episcopal parish, St. Paul's, was by Jacques Kelly. Across the same three centuries, Arthur Pierce Middleton cataloged the Episcopal clergy in "Anglican Maryland, 1692-1992," while Edna A. Kanely did the same for Methodism: "Directory of Ministers and the Methodist Churches They Served, 1634-1990." Earl Pruce listed the "Synagogues, Temples and Congregations of Maryland, 1830-1990." Susan Buhler Taber's "Mormon Lives: A Year in the Elkton Ward" highlighted a congregation's activities. A series book, "West Baltimore Neighborhoods: Sketches of Their History, 1840-1960," was by Roderick N. Ryon.

Pamela Stram wrote "The Blue Hills of Maryland: History Along the Appalachian Trail"; Susan Q. Stranahan, "Susquehanna, River of Dreams," and Richard L. Stanton "Potomac Journey: Fairfax Stone to Tidewater." Jerry Harlowe edited "Your Brother Will: The Great War Letters & Diary of William Schellberg"; Roger Keller compiled a "Roster of Civil War Soldiers From Washington County, Maryland." Warren D. Wenger wrote of "Western Maryland: Springboard of the Union Army to Gettysburg"; Stephen J. Salamon, of "The Western Maryland Railway in the Diesel Era."

Never a year lately without Chesapeake Bay books, e.g., "Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks," by Pat Vojtech; John Page Williams Jr.'s "Chesapeake Almanac: Following the Bay Through the Seasons"; "First Sail," by Richard Henderson; "The Private World of Smith Island," by Sally Taylor; "Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay," by Tom Horton and William M. Eichbaum.

In public affairs, Robert O. Freedman examined "The Middle East After Iraq's Invasion of Kuwait"; David Campbell, "Politics Without Principles: Sovereignty, Ethics and the Narrative of the Gulf War."

In "Black Baltimore," Harold A. McDougall presented "a new theory of community"; Robert Wallace's subject was "Black Wealth Through Black Entrepreneurship." "Preventing Early School Failure: Research, Policy and Practice" was by Robert Slavin, Nancy Karweit and Barbara Wasik; William G. Durden (with A. E. Tagherlini) wrote "Smart Kids: How Academic Talent Is Developed and Nurtured in America." Robert Serpel weighed "The Significance of Schooling" in an African society.

Rosemary Mahoney stirred up things with "Whoredom in Kimmage: Irish Women Coming of Age"; as did Benjamin Ginsberg with "The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State." Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover relived George Bush's downfall in "Mad as Hell: Revolt at the Ballot Box, 1992." Chuck Shepherd wrote about "America's Least-Wanted Criminals." "Health Care Reform: A Catholic View" was by Philip S. Keane. Lawrence J. Gesy pointed out "Today's Destructive Cults and Movements." Alejandro Portes, with Alex Stepick, depicted "Miami, City on the Edge"; Gottfried Dietze, in "American Democracy: Aspects of Practical Liberalism," looked for hyperindividualism to sweep the country over the brink.

Under literature, art and film studies came "H. L. Mencken: My Years as Author and Editor," edited by Jonathan Yardley; "Hogarth: Art and Politics, 1750-1764," the windup to Ronald Paulson's three-volume study; "Thomas Paine and the Religion of Nature," in which Jack Fruchtman Jr. quashed the old charge of atheism; "Thomas Hobbes: Skepticism, Individuality and Chastened Politics," by Richard Flathman, and Jerome Christensen's "Lord Byron's Strength: Romantic Writing and Commercial Society."

Richard Randall scrutinized "The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Carvings in North American Collections"; Regina Soria cataloged American Artists of Italian Heritage, 1776-1945." Thomas Cripps' latest book was "Making Movies Black: The Hollywood Message Movie From World War II to the Civil Rights Era"; John L. Flynn tracked down "Cinematic Vampires: The Living Dead on Film and Television."

Science and medicine produced Craig Schulze's moving "When Snow Turns to Rain: One Family's Struggle to Solve the Riddle of Autism"; "Severe Burns," by Andrew M. Munster; "Gifted Hands," by Benjamin Carson with Cecil Murphey; "A Century of Biomedical Science at Johns Hopkins," journal reprints; and John W. Money's "The Adam Principle: Genes, Genitals, Hormones and Gender."

In poetry, the output included "The Sky Conservator's Song," by William C. Bowie, Marta Knobloch's "Sky Pond" and "Fires at Yellowstone," by Julia Wendell.

Three books could be grouped as travel: "States of Mind: A Personal Journey Through the Mid-Atlantic," by Jonathan Yardley; Alan H. Fisher's "Day Trips in Delmarva"; and "Highway 50: Ain't That America!" by Jim Lilliefors.

For sports, it was decidedly an on year, with "Thank You-u-u-u-u for 50 Years in Baseball," by Rex Barney with Norman Macht; Ken Levine's "It's Gone! . . . No, Wait a Minute . . . Talking My Way Into the Big Leagues at 40"; "The Book of Baltimore Oriole Lists," by Dave Pugh and Linda Geeson; Arthur T. Johnson's "Minor League Baseball and Local Economic Development"; "Double XX," Tom Gorman's life of Jimmie Foxx; Lois Nicholson's "Cal Ripken Jr., Quiet Hero." And -- a non-baseball book, "Dreams of Glory: A Mother's Season With Her Son's High School Football Team," by Judy Oppenheimer.

Coffeetable books? Jack E. Boucher's black-and-white photography did justice to "Landmarks of Prince George's County"; "The Eastern Shore: Chesapeake Gardens and Houses" had Taylor Lewis color photos, Catherine Fallin text.

Among those for younger readers: "Tumble Tower," by Anne Tyler and her daughter Mitra Modarressi; Sally Bowen's "Down by the Enchanted Stream"; "Surprise Party," by Nicole Davidson (Kathryn Jensen); "Crazy Lady," by Jane Leslie Conly; and Priscilla Cummings' latest, "Chadwick Forever."

And, under miscellany: "The After-College Guide to Life," by Carol Bober Everett and Tracy Cummings Harkins; Ernest Smith's "Hey, Hon! How to Talk Like a Real Bawlamoron"; "The Historical Supply Catalog: A 19th Century Sourcebook," by Alan Wellikoff; "For the Greatest Achievement: A History of the Aero Club of America and the National Aeronautic Association," by Bill Robie; Constance K. Putzel's "Representing the Older Client in Divorce: What the Lawyer Needs to Know"; and "Oyster Cans," a collector catalog by Jim and Vivian Karsnitz.

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