With a writeras keen eye, a longtime residentas familiarity, and his own sly wit, acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell leads us on a walk through his adopted hometown of Baltimore, a city where crab cakes, Edgar Allan Poe, hair extensions, and John Waters movies somehow coexist. From its founding before the Revolutionary War to its place in popular cultureathanks to seminal films like Barry Levinsonas Diner, the television show Homicide, and bestselling books by George Pelecanos and Laura LippmanaBaltimore is America, and in Charm City, Bell brings its story to vivid life. First revealing how Baltimore received some of its nicknamesaincluding aCharm CityaaBell sets off from his neighborhood of Cedarcroft and finds his way across the cityas crossroads, joined periodically by a host of fellow Baltimoreans. Exploring Baltimoreas prominent role in history (it was here that Washington planned the battle of Yorktown and Francis Scott Key witnessed the abombs bursting in aira), Bell takes us to such notable spots as the Inner Harbor and Federal Hill, as well as many of the undiscovered corners that give Baltimore its distinctive character. All the while, Charm City sheds deserved light onto a sometimes overlooked, occasionally eccentric, but always charming place. From the Hardcover edition.has been, shall we say, anomalous since Memorial Stadium closed its gates for good in the early 1990s, yielding its ... There are photos of Cal Ripken, and the whole 197*) Orioles team, and fruit machines on the opposite wall, and the baranbsp;...
|Author||:||Madison Smartt Bell|
|Publisher||:||Crown - 2007-11-06|