NEA Big Read Returns to Annapolis

NEA Big Read Returns to Annapolis By Ellen Moyer For the second time, The National Endowment for the Arts has chosen a community group in Annapolis for a partnership grant in the Big Read Program. The NEA was founded by Congress in 1965 to provide leadership in arts education and to promote projects for artistic […]

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Book Reviews

SILENT SPRING By Rachel Carson Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston (1962) Silent Spring is as relevant today to the environment, wildlife and humans as it was when Rachel Carson wrote it in 1962, two years before her death from breast cancer. Carefully compiled and approved by many experts and environmentalists, the author fought the might of […]

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So You Want to Start a Book Club

So You Want to Start a Book Club By Beth Schmelzer and Marcia Feliciano Once upon a time there were two good friends who loved to read. Whenever Beth and Marcia got together, their conversations always included a chat about books they were reading, books they had read, books in untidy stacks that they looked […]

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Book Reviews

SGT. RECKLESS, America’s War Horse, By Robin Hutton, Regnery Publishing, Washington, D.C. (2014) This is a love story to a horse. If you are a Marine, a former Marine, the spouse of a Marine, or if you or someone you know fought in the Vietnam War, “Sgt. Reckless” will deserve a place in your library. If you […]

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Prolific Writer Cecil Murphey Offers Lessons on Aging

Prolific Writer Cecil Murphey Offers Lessons on Aging By Leah Lancione Aging is a touchy subject to approach. Although we’re all aging as soon as we’re born, the reality of it is more difficult to face when it’s physically or mentally evident. Many twenty-somethings throw caution to the wind as far as their health is […]

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Gift Books on Retirement

GIFT TITLES   Here are four of our favorite books to give those who are thinking about retirement, soon to be retired or already retired:     The Joy of Retirement, Finding Happiness, Freedom, and the Life You’ve Always Wanted By David C. Borchard with Patricia A. Donohoe AMACOM, New York (2008) The title says […]

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Wine-ing through France by Peter Mayle

Wine-ing through France by Peter Mayle By Melissa Conroy “I think it was the sight of a man power-washing his underpants that really brought home the differences, cultural and otherwise, between the Old World and the new” author Peter Mayle writes in his book Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France.  “Standing some […]

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Books: Old, New and Obscure

BOOKS: OLD, NEW and OBSCURE A GARDEN OF MARVELS: THE DISCOVERY THAT PLANTS HAVE SEX, LEAVES EAT AIR, AND OTHER SECRETS OF THE WAY PLANTS WORK By Ruth Kassinger William Morrow (2014) A witty science writer pokes around in odd corners of the plant world and comes up with some fascinating stories. Kassinger’s research takes […]

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Book Reviews

Maryland’s Way: The Hammond-Harwood House Cook Book by Mrs Lewis R. Andrews and Mrs J. Reaney Kelly (2012) (Available through www.HammondHarwoodHouse.org) What do the historic Hammond-Harwood House and Tulip Hill in Galesville have in common? Aside from being both National Historic Landmarks and beautiful historic houses built near the end of British rule in America, […]

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MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND

MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND By Helen Simonson 2011 Random House, New York (2010) Don’t let the title Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand deter you from reading this delightful first novel by Helen Simonson. When it was first recommended to me I reluctantly agreed to read it and was delightfully surprised. It is one of the most […]

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Zumwalt: A Fascinating Biography of a Brilliant Leader

Berman’s Zumwalt: A Fascinating Biography of a Brilliant Leader By Leah Lancione President Harry S. Truman is quoted as saying, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” That […]

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CODE WORD: PATERNITY

Code Word: Paternity By Doug Norton Dog Ear Publishing (2012) Annapolis author Doug Norton’s Code Word: Paternity is a can’t-put-down read. Not only are its technical accuracy and plausibility reminiscent of Tom Clancy, it offers a moral dimension frequently lacking in thrillers. We all need to recharge our batteries. Traditionally, presidents go to Camp David […]

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Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith: A Trans-Atlantic Wartime Love Story By Erik Pettersen Infinity Publishing (2012) Her father asked, “Do you have to go all the way to America and marry a Norwegian?” In May 1941, Ingrid Sillén, a 25-year-old Swedish nurse, went to the Transatlantic Shipping Company in Gothenburg and asked an agent if there was […]

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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President By Candice Millard Doubleday (2011) This fascinating book focuses on the intersection between politics and science in 19th century America. President James Garfield’s death was caused by what we today would call medical malpractice, not by the bullet from the […]

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Cane River

Cane River By Lalita Tademy Warner Books (2001) Have you ever found a photograph of an ancestor and wondered what stories she could tell?  Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River, became intrigued with the untapped mystery of her beautiful great-grandmother Emily Fredieu, a light-skinned slave born in 1861. Living in central Louisiana, Emily’s beauty won […]

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WOMEN, WRITING AND SOUL-MAKING: CREATIVITY AND THE SACRED FEMININE

WOMEN, WRITING AND SOUL-MAKING: CREATIVITY AND THE SACRED FEMININE By Peggy Tabor Millin Story Water Press, a division of Clarity Press, Asheville, NC (2009) As the weather turns colder, many of us feel a desire to stay close to home and hearth, as well as perhaps a drawing in toward the home that resides within […]

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THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN By Garth Stein Harper Paperbacks, New York, NY (2009) When a friend loaned me The Art of Racing in the Rain, I was not thrilled by the idea of reading a book about a talking dog. But about one-fourth of the way through this fascinating book, I actually […]

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Outcasts United

OUTCASTS UNITED By Warren St. John Random House, New York (2009) Whether you are a soccer mom or a grandmom, this is the book for you. Soccer is the sport of this book, but what makes it stand out is Luma Mufleh, the charismatic young lady who turns a group of refugees who find themselves […]

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Teacher Man

TEACHER MAN By Frank McCourt Simon and Shuster, New York (2005) For anyone who has read the award-winning novel, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, Teacher Man will be a 180-degree change in content.  While Angela’s Ashes, was a somber book, Teacher Man is a bright testimonial to the tenacity and dedication of a high school […]

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THE BETTER PHOTO GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

THE BETTER PHOTO GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY By Jim Miotke Amphoto Books, New York (2005) White balance, mysterious icons, strange jargon. These new digital cameras take great pictures. However, it seems you need a PhD in funny sounding tech terms to learn to use them. Actually, you don’t if you pick up Jim Moitke’s Betterphoto […]

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