Subscribe



Book Reviews: June 2016

The latest from Anne Tyler and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

By Gabriella Souza - June 2016

Book Reviews: June 2016

The latest from Anne Tyler and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

By Gabriella Souza - June 2016

Get Baltimore Daily.

Sign up today and you'll get our latest stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday afternoon.

Vinegar Girl

By Anne Tyler (Hogarth)

You could say that The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s most problematic works, due to the implication that its headstrong main character Kate should submit to her husband (let’s just say gender politics were different in the 1590s). Tyler tries her hand at updating this tale, setting it in her usual North Baltimore and bypassing some of the gender issues. Instead of Kate’s father forcing an arranged marriage, he asks her to wed his lab assistant for immigration purposes. While it doesn’t have the depth of her other works, Tyler’s smooth prose makes Vinegar Girl, one of a series of renowned authors’ Shakespearean updates, a light, summer read.


Black Panther

By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Marvel)

The buzz has built ever since word got out that Coates, the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and National Book Award-winning Baltimore native, was trying his hand at comics. Now his first installment is here, and it’s riveting, demonstrating how Coates’s talent extends beyond books and essays. The comic is set in the fictional African nation Wakanda, where Black Panther, otherwise known as T’Challa, returns to the throne following his sister’s death. Wakanda has faced an invasion, a coup, and a flood, and Coates drops us into the action, with plenty of cliffhangers. We hope the next chapter is as enthralling.




You May Also Like

Arts District

New Exhibit Brings Modern Edge to Maryland Historical Society

David Brewster uses art to depict topics of race, gender, and environment.

Arts District

What To Know Before You Visit Arts of Asia at the Walters Art Museum

New Asian art installation showcases new ways of exploring collection.

MaxSpace

Review: Marshall

Crowd-pleasing courtroom procedural gives no real insight into Baltimore's legal giant.


MaxSpace

Review: Lady Bird

Delightful coming of age story about a (mildly) rebellious Catholic schoolgirl

Food & Drink

Thanksgiving Runs, Crafts, and Events

Nine ways to celebrate the season of thanks.

MaxSpace

Review: Murder on the Orient Express

Well appointed remake doesn't quite make a convincing case for itself.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Baltimore Joins the SAFE Cities Network to Provide Legal Assistance for Immigrants: The city will offer pro bono legal counsel, education, and family safety planning for its residents.

The Most Festive, Family-Friendly Holiday Events : From bright lights to dancing sugar plum fairies, enjoy these kid-friendly happenings.

Urban Axes Will Bring Hatchet-Throwing and Beer to Highlandtown : Coming in 2018, new space encourages beginners to try axe-throwing.

Chef Andrew Carmellini Talks Fried Chicken and Rye Street Tavern: The James Beard Award-winning chef discusses his time in Baltimore.