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More Maryland literary output


Here is the second part of the annual attempt at a census of books written by Marylanders or relating to Maryland -- books for the general reader. The first part ran last Sunday.

Critical Studies

Hogarth's Harlots: Sacred Parody in Enlightenment England, by Ronald Paulson (Johns Hopkins, 424 pages, $49.95). Meaning in the works of the great 18th-century engraver.

Thomas Hardy and the Law, by William A. Davis (University of Delaware, 199 pages, $39.50). Legal presences in his life and fiction.

Religion and Uplift

Riding the Dragon: Ten Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times, by Robert J. Wicks (Ave Maria, 160 pages, $15.95). Helping people to engage their problems, and to grow through them.

The Open Door, by Frederica Mathewes-Green (Paraclete, 144 pages, $16.95). The Orthodox Church's icons, and their role.

Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860, by Diane Batts Morrow (University of North Carolina, 368 pages, $19.95). Founded here, "the first permanent African-American Roman Catholic sisterhood."

The Wacko From Waco, by Carolyn Permentier (Writers Club, 163 pages, $12.95). Acceptance of one another: "mandatory for the salvation of our planet."

No Weapons, by Dawnn Mitchell (American Literary Press, 73 pages, $9.95). Praise and pleas to God.


Parthenopi, by Michael Waters (Bowa Editions, 130 pages, $13.95).

The Drift of Things, by Terry Winch (The Figures Press).

Barbarism, by Molly McQuade (Four Way Books).

River of Stars, by Vonnie Winslow Crist and Melissa Ann Crist(Lite Circle Books, 96 pages, $9.95).

Science, Medicine

The Memory Cure: How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss and Alzheimer's Disease, by Majid Fatuhi (McGraw-Hill, 288 pages, $21.95). A neurologist offers nine steps toward fortifying your mind. To start with, pay attention.

I Pay You to Listen, Not Talk, by Nathan Schnaper (PublishAmerica, 254 pages, $21.95). Recollections by a University Hospital psychologist, particularly of cancer patients.

Sexual Disorders: Perspectives on Diagnosis and Treatment, by Peter J. Fagan (Johns Hopkins, 200 pages, $18.95).

Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options, by Edward E. Wallach (Johns Hopkins, 208 pages, $16.95).

Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents, by Francis Mark Mondimore (Johns Hopkins, 304 pages, $17.95).

Understanding Sleeplessness: Perspectives on Insomnia, by David Neubauer (Johns Hopkins, 208 pages, $45).

Intelligent Memory: Improve the Memory That Makes You Smarter, by Barry Gordon and Lisa Berger (Viking, 256 pages, $24.95).

Suspense, Crime

Finding Susan, by Molly Hurley Moran (Southern Illinois University, 240 pages, $29.50). True crime: In 1994, Susan Harrison of Ruxton disappeared; her body was later found in Frederick County woods. The never-charged killer was her business-executive husband, James Harrison (now supposedly in dementia), in the eyes of the author -- Susan Harrison's sister.

The Search for Rosita, by John E. Mann (Xlibris, 220 pages, $21.99). Detective Joe Kepper from Marlboro, on the trail of one slippery suspect.

The Rabbi and the Hit Man, by Arthur J. Magida (HarperCollins, 304 pages, $24.95). A true-crime tale: the New Jersey rabbi whose wife was killed by a thug hired for that purpose by the rabbi.

Every Secret Thing, by Laura Lippman (Morrow, 388 pages, $24.95). The children's hour -- but today, even being a child can be dangerous. For Lippman's many fans, a new detective and a new darkness.

Havana, by Stephen Hunter (Simon & Schuster, 416 pages, $24.95). Cuba, 1953: Is this young revolutionary, Fidel Castro, a threat? Earl Swagger arrives, for the CIA; and Comrade Speshnev, representing Moscow. Beware that newcomer, Speshnev -- he steals scenes.

The Samurai's Daughter, by Sujata Massey (HarperCollins, 320 pages, $24.95). California and Japan, in the sixth Rei Shimura thriller.

Angel Cafe: Some Spirits Are Best Left Alone, by Jill Morrow (Pocket Books, 378 pages, $6.99). At the Angel Cafe in South Baltimore, the house specialty is psychic readings. But what Kat Valenti wants to know is who killed her fiance, Peter, a Sun reporter.

The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, by Dan Fesperman (Knopf, 320 pages, $24). History and nationality ever darken the Balkans, where Vlado Petric, on the trail of a top Croatian Nazi, also seeks the true story of his late father's wartime role.

The Moon Trilogy, by Ruth Glick writing as Rebecca York, plus two other novels (all from Berkley) (plus four novels from Harlequin).

The Teeth of the Tiger, by Tom Clancy (Putnam, 431 pages, $27.95). A crime-fighter this time is the former president's son, Jack Ryan Jr.

A Whole World of Trouble, by Helen Chappell (Simon & Schuster, 224 pages, $23). The latest attitudes, gossip and violations in Oysterback, that probably mythical Eastern Shore locality.

Darkside, by P. T. Deutermann (St. Martin's, 352 pages, $24.95). Unauthorized goings-on at the Naval Academy, remembered or dreamed up by an old grad.

Romance Fiction

A Natural History of the Romance Novel, by Pamela Regis (University of Pennsylvania, 248 pages, $24.95). Still "the courtship and betrothal of one or more heroines," but nowadays "she acts," he only reacts.

Love Inspired: An Accidental Hero, by Loree Lough (Steeple Hill, 256 pages, $4.75).

An Accidental Mom, by Loree Lough (Steeple Hill, 256 pages, $4.75).

Finders Keepers, by Michelle Monkou (Zebra, 253 pages, $7.50).

Give Love, by Michelle Monkou (BET Books, 280 pages, $5.99).

Twist of Fate, by Mary Jo Putney (Jove, 350 pages, $7.50).

Along Came Jones, by Linda Windsor (Multnomah, 308 pages, $11.99).

Mail-Order Prince in Her Bed, by Kathryn Jensen (Harlequin, 187 pages, $4.95)

The First Born, by Dani Sinclair (Harlequin, 256 pages, $4.75).

The Second Sister, by Dani Sinclair (Harlequin, 256 pages, $4.75).

The Third Twin, by Dani Sinclair (Harlequin, 256 pages, $4.75).

Taming the Heiress, by Susan King (Signet, 344 pages, $6.99).

Waking the Princess, by Susan King (Signet, 352 pages, $6.99).

Kissing the Countess, by Susan King (Signet, 352 pages, $6.99).

Charmed Destinies, by Mercedes Lackey, Catherine Asaro and Rachel Lee (Harlequin, 377 pages, $6.50).

Nora Roberts

The Nora Roberts Companion, edited by Denise Little and Laura Hayden (Berkley, 463 pages, $16). An overview of the work so far of Maryland's most productive author. The total of Roberts' published books, since 1981, is now at 151 -- someone may have been her equal, in dime-novel days, but 151 is surely a modern-times record.

Birthright, by Nora Roberts (Putnam, 465 pages, $25.95). In a Frederick County meadow, homebuilders chance upon human remains dating to 3000 B.C. Archaeologists take over-with personal history also to be dug up.

Birthright stood out in her 2003 output -- some of them romance fiction, the others crime thrillers.

Remember When? by Nora Roberts and (her other pen name) J. D. Robb (Putnam, 480 pages, $25.95).

Key of Light, Key of Knowledge, Portrait in Death, Initiation in Death, by Nora Roberts or J. D. Robb (all from Berkley).

Science Fiction

Skyfall, by Catherine Asaro (Tor, 319 pages, $24.95).

The Moon's Shadow, by Catharine Asaro (Tor, 480 pages, $25.95).


Blazing Trails: Coming of Age in Football's Golden Era, by John Mackey with Thom Loverro (Triumph, 218 pages, $24.95). The Baltimore Colt who has been the model for tight ends ever since, and who was first president of the NFL Players Association.

Tales From the Maryland Terrapins, by Dave Ungrady (Sports Publishing, 200 pages, $19.95). Victory, defeat and name change over the decades at College Park.

Football's Best Quips, Quotes and Quellers, by Martin D. (Mitch) Tullai (Pearce, 173 pages, $16.95). " 'A player calls his coach's house. The coach's wife answers: 'Is coach there?' 'No, but give me your number and I'll have him call you back.' '35.' "

Good Enough to Be Great: The Inside Story of Maryland Basketball's National Championship Season, by Josh Barr (Regnery, 256 pages, $24.95). In 2002, we were the most.

The New Face of Baseball: the 100-Year Rise and Triumph of Latinos in America's Favorite Sport, by Tim Wendel (Rayo, 266 pages, $24.95). Jorge and Julio, Felipe and Fernando, Omar and Nomar.

The Hidden Language of Baseball, by Paul Dickson (Walker, 192 pages, $22). The signs (i.e., signals) that flash about the diamond -- many of them real, many fake.

Johnny Unitas, Mister Quarterback, by Mike Towle (Cumberland House, 225 pages, $12.95). Also Mr. Colt, and No. 19.

Coaching Youth Basketball, by Bill Gutman and Tom Finnegan (Alpha, 304 pages, $16.95). By a former student and a longtime coach at Washington College


Discovering the C & O Canal, by Mark D. Sabatka (Schreiber, 176 pages, $27). Still-life locks, aqueducts, bridges; moving runners, bikers, birders.

An Explorer's Guide to Maryland, by Leonard M. Adkins (Countryman, 444 pages, $19.95). Data in abundance.

Younger Readers

The Gift, by Sandra Magsamen (Glitterati, $35). The book that is big in the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Cowboy Boy, by James Proimos (Scholastic, 87 pages, $14.95). Middle school can seem like a tough-guy, old-west town.

Fantastic Flights: 100 Years of Flying on the Edge, by Patrick O'Brien (Walker, 40 pages, $17.95). By the author of The Great Ships.

Thunder Rose, by Jerdine Nolen (Harcourt, 30 pages, $16). A folk tale.

Catie & Josephine, by Jonathon Scott Fuqua and illustrations by Steven Parke (Houghton Mifflin, 72 pages, $16). New in town, friendless, a young girl meets another --dead since the 1918 flu epidemic. A pleasant, realistic ghost story.

Perry's Baltimore Adventure, by Peter E. Dans (text) and Kim Harrell (illustrations) (Tidewater, 30 pages, $11.95). Beauregard takes his young son Perry for a swooping, peregrine falcon's eye look at downtown.

Not Quite a Stranger, by Colby Rodowsky (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 181 pages, $16). Zach Pearce, 17, arrives on the doorstep of the father he has never seen.

A Little Book of Peace, by Chandro Fernando (American Montessori Society, $7). Despite the headline horrors, peace abides.


Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium (Morrow, 335 pages, $29.95). Of the 65 book titles listed for Barbara Mertz of Frederick (and her pen names Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels), 14 are Amelia Peabody novels -- Egyptian archaeology, a century ago. Now comes dessert: a book of explanatory essays (some by Mertz) and pictures.

The Jews of Prime Time, by David Zurawik (Brandeis, 256 pages, $29.95). The Jewish role in films and broadcasting.

Fire in a Canebreak: The Last Mass Lynching in America, by Laura Wexler (Scribner, 288 pages, $24). The late 1940's killing of four African-Americans in Georga.

Human Foibles: Six Plays, by Thurston Griggs (Elderberry, 319 pages, $27.95). The scripts for dramas on several themes, by a retired professor, outdoorsman and member of the Dramatists Guild.

Road Rage and Rummage Sales, by Helen Chappell (Nanticoke, 148 pages, $10.95). Columns and reflections on Eastern Shore phenomena. She's great on ants, jellyfish and the single shoe by the side of the road.

Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions, by Orin Hargraves (Oxford, 320 pages, $27.50). A study, learned and light-hearted, of the differences in English as used over here and over there.

Ideas Into Words, by Elise Hancock (Johns Hopkins, 176 pages, $18.95). Practical advice from the retired editor of the Johns Hopkins Magazine on becoming a science writer.

Anytime, Anywhere: Entrepreneurship and the Creation of a Wireless World, by Louis Galambos and Eric John Abrahamson (Cambridge, 320 pages, $29).

Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather, by Lee Gutkind (University of Nebraska, 204 pages, $26.95). The writing genre or style that calls it self-creative nonfiction, and rejects objectivity as a sham. The dialogue wasn't recorded? So make it up.

Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat? by Nancy Patz (Dutton, 48 pages, $14.99). An unidentified woman's hat in Amsterdam's Holocaust Museum inspires Patz to wonder, to collages, photos, to poetry.

Not 'Just Friends,' by Shirley P. Glass (Free Press, 448 pages, $25). Infidelity. Most often, it starts in workplaces. It's not the sex so much as the deception that wrecks things. To save a marriage, come clean.

When They Won't Quit, by Bruce Cotter (Holly Hill, 157 pages, $19.95). For the families, friends and employers of people addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Postcards of Nursing, by Michael Zwerdling (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 359 pages). Hurray for nurses!

James H. Bready writes monthly on regional books.

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