Book Reviews: July 2017

The latest from Devin Allen and Ed Norris.

Gabriella Souza - July 2017

Book Reviews: July 2017

The latest from Devin Allen and Ed Norris.

Gabriella Souza - July 2017

-Devin Allen

51npNeMFsmL._SX336_BO1204203200.jpg#asset:45473

A Beautiful Ghetto

Devin Allen (Haymarket Books)

Looking through the pages of A Beautiful Ghetto, it’s astounding that Devin Allen’s professional career took off a mere two years ago. His photographs—which capture strength and beauty, as well as disparity and decay—transport viewers through the protests following the death of Freddie Gray and into the streets and lives of the people of West Baltimore where he grew up. The words that accompany these photographs (by the likes of author Wes Moore and poet Tariq Touré) give context to what Allen’s photographs mean to Baltimore—particularly as he has chosen to remain here, teaching photography in his spare time to young people from his community.

See our full interview with photographer Devin Allen.


⇓ Article continues below ⇓


way-down-the-hole.jpg#asset:45476

Way Down in the Hole

Ed Norris with Kevin Cowherd (Apprentice House Press)

Ed Norris doesn’t pull punches. That’s evident from his memoir’s opening, in which the former Baltimore police commissioner puts us at the moment he hit rock bottom: He is lying on a jail cell floor at a federal prison, holding a roll of newspapers at the door with his feet to keep the rats out. Norris candidly chronicles how he reached this point—from his beginnings as a drug-busting New York detective to his fast rise in Baltimore and the corruption case that brought it all down. Norris, who now co-hosts The Norris & Long Show on radio station 105.7 The Fan, gives us true-life versions of the tales that made The Wire famous, and ultimately reminds us how difficult being a cop can be.





You May Also Like


MaxSpace

Local Documentary Short Lifts the Veil on Male Infertility

Accepted into The New Yorker's documentary series, the film delves into a taboo subject.

Arts & Culture

New Book Explores the Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Force

Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg discuss 'I Got a Monster.'

Arts District

WTMD’s First Thursdays Go Virtual for the Rest of the Summer

The planned overhaul of the annual festival will be postponed until next year.


MaxSpace

Movie Review: Irresistible

The average episode of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show had more substance and humor than his new film.

MaxSpace

Movie Review: The Rental

You'll never look at an Airbnb the same way.

The Chatter

The Womanist Reader Creates an Online Library of Black Literature

A Baltimore writer curates an evolving list of women writers for her women followers.

-Devin Allen

Connect With Us

Most Read


Boxer Yahu Blackwell Is An All-Everything Businessman: The 33-year-old Baltimore native is the owner of the new Rita’s Italian Ice in Hampden.

Design for Distancing Competition Aims to Revive The Beauty of Public Spaces: Forward-thinking social-distancing structures could be built in the city as early as this month.

Bottoms Up Bagels Rolls Into Harwood: Owners debut their new “BUB Hub” at 28th and Greenmount.

How These Surprise Quarantine ‘Flower Bombs’ Are Helping Families in Need: The paper-plate flowers have become a massive fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

Amid The Economic Chaos, Downtown Partnership’s New President Has a Plan: Shelonda Stokes was just named president after serving in an interim leadership role.