Book Reviews: November 2018

The latest from DeRay Mckesson and Laura Lippman.

Ron Cassie and Lauren LaRocca - November 2018

Book Reviews: November 2018

The latest from DeRay Mckesson and Laura Lippman.

Ron Cassie and Lauren LaRocca - November 2018


deray-mckesson-other-side-freedom.jpg#asset:68163

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

DeRay Mckesson (Viking)

Fours years after a white police officer killed unarmed teen Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, DeRay Mckesson takes readers inside the compelling, 400-days-long, in-the-streets response that inspired Black Lives Matter protests around the country. An activist in the ongoing civil rights movement and the host of the popular podcast Pod Save the People, Mckesson presents an intimate portrait of his experience growing up as the son of former addicts in West Baltimore, the context of the strained relationship between police and the black community in many cities, and optimism for the future. A former teacher, Mckesson knows his history and paints a way forward.


Laura-Jane-and-the-Dragon.jpg#asset:68162

Liza Jane & the Dragon

Laura Lippman (Black Sheep/Akashic Books)

The New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman’s foray into the arena of children’s literature is delightful and yet manages to maintain the author’s quirky sense of humor. In this tale, a little girl named Liza Jane fires her parents and hires a dragon to take their place . . . until she realizes the dragon has only one tactic for solving problems: breathing fire. Late to school? Set the secretary’s desk on fire. Pizza delivery man got delayed? A fiery blast to his car. The picture book is illustrated by Maryland painter Kate Samworth, who brings the characters to life and gives us visual clues for reading this story in a broader context. While this story is a fun romp through what might be the occasional daydream of many children, it also serves as a political allegory. The dragon has a familiar blond mane that swoops between his two horns.

Read our full interview with writer Laura Lippman.





You May Also Like


MaxSpace

Movie Review: Love, Gilda

Loving documentary tribute to the incomparable Gilda Radner.

The Chatter

Steve Geppi Unveils Collection at Library of Congress For the First Time

Baltimore magazine publisher offers a preview of rare comic art that goes on display next week.

MaxSpace

Movie Review: Boy Erased

Gay conversion therapy drama is too understated for its own good.


Arts District

The Big Baltimore Playlist: October 2018

The five local songs you should download right now.

Arts District

New Documentary About Rapper M.I.A. Premieres at the Parkway Theatre

The film offers insights about the life and activism of the genre-bending artist.

MaxSpace

Movie Review: A Star is Born

Does the world really need another A Star is Born? Surprisingly, yes!

Connect With Us

Most Read


University of Maryland Coach D.J. Durkin Fired: The board president also resigns in tumultuous week in College Park.

Ben Jealous Rallies With Dave Chappelle and Rosario Dawson In Gwynn Oak Park: Democratic gubernatorial challenger continues push in upset bid.

Four Takeaways From Maryland Midterm Election: Hogan is easily reelected, but no Republican coattails in the state.

Music Lovers Share Memories of Record and Tape Traders: As the iconic Towson record store prepares to close its doors, customers look back on its 40-year run.

Fitness Instructors Share Tips on How to Jumpstart Your Morning Routine: If you've always wanted to be a morning person, here's how to get up and attack the day.