Books of the region: Holiday suggestions on many subjects

THE BALTIMORE SUN

(O) means oversize; (P), paperbound.

Art

"A Maryland Album: Quiltmaking Traditions, 1634-1934," by Gloria Seaman Allen and Nancy Gibson Tuckhorn. Rutledge Hill Press. Nashville, Tenn. 223 pages. $34.95 (O). Comprehensive, authoritative.

Autobiography, Memoirs

"Further Fridays: Essays, Lectures and Other Nonfiction, 1984-1994," by John Barth. Little, Brown. 377 pages. $27.95. Musings on authorship and Baymanship.

"A Cornish Childhood, 1935-1947," by Anne Burley. United Writers. Penzance, U.K. 144 pages. $21.99. Distance lends real charm.

"Woodholme: A Black Man's Story of Growing Up Alone," by DeWayne Wickham. Farrar Straus & Giroux. 276 pages. $20. Youth in Cherry Hill.

"Memoir of the Bookie's Son," by Sidney Offit. St. Martin's Press. 165 pages. $18.95. One of Baltimore's oldest professions.

"You're No Good to Me Dead," by Robert E. Stahl. Naval Institute Press. 202 pages. $26.95. Behind Japanese lines in World War II.

Biography

"Alexander Smith Cochran: Modernist Architect in Traditional Baltimore," by Christopher Weeks. Maryland Historical Society. 173 pages. $29.95 (O). His own house was a fighting word.

"Lone Wolf: The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke," by Timothy P. Mulligan. University of Oklahoma Press. 249 pages. $15.95 (P)

"Strictly Business: Walter Carpenter at DuPont and General Motors," by Charles W. Cheape. Johns Hopkins University Press. 328 pages. $48.50.

"Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom," by Jack Fruchtman Jr. Four Walls Eight Windows. 557 pages. $30.

Cookbook

"At the Hearth: Early American Recipes," by Mary Sue Pagan Latini. American Literary Press. Baltimore. 159 pages. $14.95 (P). No gas, no electricity.

Critical Studies

"Anne Tyler: A Bio-Bibliography," by Robert W. Croft. Greenwood Press. Westport, Conn. 173 pages. $45.

"Violent Screen: A Critic's 13 Years on the Front Lines of Movie Mayhem," by Stephen Hunter. Bancroft Press. Baltimore. 305 pages. $19.95 (P). 100 significant films, since 1982.

Fiction

"Ladder of Years," by Anne Tyler. Knopf. 326 pages. $24. Basic to her oeuvre.

"All Souls' Rising," by Madison Smartt Bell. Pantheon. 530 pages. $25.95. Haiti's uprising against the French.

"Interstate," by Stephen Dixon. Holt. 374 pages. $25. A highway tragedy - or is it?

"Daughters of Song," by Paula Huston. Random House. 222 pages. $21. Student life at the (unnamed) Peabody Conservatory of Music.

"Mary's Land," by Lucia St. Clair Robson. Ballantine. 466 pages. $24. Margaret Brent and friends, in 17th century Maryland.

"That's All Right, Mama: The Unauthorized Life of Elvis's Twin," by Gerald Duff. Baskerville. 278 pages. $21.

Guides

"Walking in Baltimore," by Frank R. Shivers Jr. Johns Hopkins. 316 pages, $16.95 (P). A dozen downtown itineraries - here a building, there an occurrence, everywhere our past.

"Hiking, Cycling and Canoeing in Maryland: A Family Guide," by Bryan MacKay. Johns Hopkins. 535 pages. $18.95 (P). 23 walks, 16 bike rides, 19 canoe trips.

"Lest We Forget: A Guide to Civil War Monuments in Maryland," By Susan Cooke Soderberg. White Mane. 195 pages, $29.95. She counts 57.

History

"The Nightingale's Song," by Robert Timberg. Simon & Schuster. 544 pages. $27.50. Annapolis graduates, following Ronald Reagan, get into trouble.

"Jericho: Dreams, Ruins, Phantoms," by Robert Ruby. Holt, 340 pages, $25. A city whole millennia old.

"The President Is at Camp David," by W. Dale Nelson. Syracuse University Press. 216 pages. $24.95. Originally, Shangri-la.

"Secret Army, Secret War," by Sedgwick Tourison. Naval Institute, 391 pages, $29.95.

Local History

"The Papal Visit: Pope John Paul II in Baltimore, The Event in Pictures," Cathedral Foundation Press. $39.95; $24.95 (P). Out Dec. 1.

"Tidewater Time Capsules: History Beneath the Patuxent," by Donald G. Shomette. Tidewater, 370 pages, $29.95. The rediscovery of Joshua Barney's scuttled 1814 gunboats.

"History of My Own Times," by William Otter. Edited by Richard B. Scott. Cornell University Press. 226 pages. $14.95. The rowdy life of an early 1800s western Maryland plasterer.

"Conversations in a Country Store," by Hal Roth. Nanticoke Books. 214 pages. $12 (P). Shore storytelling, by real people.

"The Tuesday Club." A Shorter Edition of "The History of the Ancient and Honorable Tuesday Club," by Dr. Alexander Hamilton. Ed. by Robert Micklus. Johns Hopkins. 333 pages. $16.95 (P).

"Blockbusting in Baltimore: The Edmondson Village Story," by W. Edward Orser. University of Kentucky Press. 241 pages. $39.95. The trauma of rapid racial change.

"St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore," by Thomas W. Spaulding and Kathryn M. Kuranda. Maryland Historical Society. 299 pages. $24.95. An old, downtown, flourishing parish.

"Chesapeake Steamboats: Vanished Fleet," by David C. Holly. Tidewater. 308 pages. $29.95. Mass transit, afloat.

"Baltimore's Light Rail: Then and Now," by Herbert H. Harwood Jr. Quadrant. 96 pages. $15.95 (P). Streetcars.

Medicine

"The Prostate: A Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them," by Patrick C. Walsh, M.D. and Janet Farrar Worthington. Johns Hopkins. 320 pages. $15.95 (P).

Miscellany

"Michael Olesker's Baltimore: If You Live Here, You're Home," by Michael Olesker. Johns Hopkins. 221 pages. $22.95. Man-of-the-people columns (News American, Sun; 1976-1995).

"The I of the Beholder," by Stephen Vicchio. Cathedral Foundation Press. 232 pages. $16.95 (P). Daily circumstance, pondered.

"How to Find Lost Objects: The Ultimate Recovery Book," by Professor Solomon. Penguin Books. 120 pages. $6.95 (P). A nice smile.

"When a Child Has Died: Ways You Can Help a Bereaved Parent," by Bonnie Hunt Conrad. Fithian Press. Santa Barbara. Calif. 56 pages. $8.95 (P)

"Last Call at the 7-Eleven," by Kevin Cowherd. Bancroft Press. Baltimore. 234 pages. $19.95. Humor columnist (Evening Sun, Sun) versus the world.

"Congregation," by Gary Dorsey. Viking. 388 pages. $24.95.

Nature & Outdoors

"Five Fair Rivers: Sailing the James, York, Rappahannock, Potomac and Patuxent," by Robert De Gast. Johns Hopkins. 178 pages. $19.95. One-man voyaging.

"Soldier's Delight Journal: Exploring a Globally Rare Ecosystem," Jack Wennerstrom. University of Pittsburgh Press. 248 pages. $16.95 (P)

"Learning How to Sail: The Annapolis Sailing School Guide for All Ages," by Di Goodman and Ian Brodie. McGraw-Hill. 104 pages. $12.95 (P).

Poetry

"In the Crevice of Time: New and Collected Poems," by Josephine Jacobsen. Johns Hopkins. 258 pages. $29.95. Across the working life of our most distinguished poet.

"Worldling," by Elizabeth Spires. Norton. 72 pages. $18.95. In her fourth collection, poems on motherhood and mortality.

"An Early Afterlife," by Linda Pasten. Norton. 88 pages. $17.95. Baseball, migraine, Courbet, the English novel, by a previous state poet laureate.

Public Affairs

"Baltimore Unbound: A Strategy for Regional Renewal," by David Rusk. Johns Hopkins. 160 pages. $14.95 (P). Sense, for city and suburbs - people who don't want to hear it.

Photography

"Heading Home: Growing Up in Baseball," by Harry Connolly. Rizzoli, 156 pages. $19.95. Two Patterson Park diamonds.

"The United States Naval Academy: A Pictorial Celebration of 150 Years," by Gale Gibson Kohlhagen and Ellen Boraz. Abrams. 208 pages. $49.50.

Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr.

"Ripken: Cal on Cal." Photos by Walter Iooss Jr. Ed. by Mark Vanal. Summit. 42 pages. $39.95 (O). For coffee tables.

"Cal Ripken Jr," Ed. by Stephanie Parrillo. The Baltimore Orioles. 104 pages. $10 (P). The book they ran out of 2130/2131 night.

"Count Me In," by Cal Ripken Jr. and Greg Brown. Taylor. 40 pages. $14.95. For Little Leaguers.

"Cal Touches Home," Ed. by Jack Gibbons. The Sun. To order, call: (410)-332-6431. 96 pages. $10.95 (P).

Romance Fiction

"Born in Shame," by Nora Roberts. Jove. 368 pages. $5.99 (P).

"Angel Rogue," by Mary Joe Putney. Topaz. 383 pages. $5.99 (P).

"Handsome as Sin," by Kelsey Roberts. Harlequin Intrigue. 250 pages. $3.50 (P).

Sports

"Babe Ruth: Sultan of Swat," by Lois Nicholson. Goodwood Press. 134 pages. $17.95. Celebrating his centennial; for younger readers.

"Sundays at 2.00: With the Baltimore Colts," by Vince Bagli and Norman Macht. Tidewater. 252 pages. $17.95 (P). Predecessors to Stallions and Browns.

"Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train," by Henry W. Thomas. Phenom Press. Arlington, Va. 458 pages. $27.95.

"Fleet Walker's Divided Heart: The Life of Baseball's First Black Major Leaguer," by David Zang. University of Nebraska Press. 200 pages. $21. The 1880s' brief sunshine.

"Batboys and the World of Baseball," by Neal D. Isaacs. University of Mississippi Press. 232 pages. $16.95 (P).

Thrillers

"The Margin," by John C. Boland. St. Martin's Press. 232 pages. $21.95

"Death in Still Waters," by Barbara Lee. St. Martin's. 226 pages. $20.95.

"The Crawlspace Conspiracy," by Thomas Keech. Baskerville. 328 pages. $21.

"The Janus Urge," by George Goldsborough. Noble House. 429 pages. $25.95.

"Breach of Trust," by Preston A. Pairo III. St. Martin's. 342 pages. $22.95.

James H. Bready wrote for The Evening Sun for many years as a reporter and book editor. He writes a monthly column on Maryland books.

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