Book Reviews: September 2018

The latest from John Lingan and Jack Gilden.

Lauren LaRocca and Ron Cassie - September 2018

Book Reviews: September 2018

The latest from John Lingan and Jack Gilden.

Lauren LaRocca and Ron Cassie - September 2018


513-8r0ksqL._SX329_BO1204203200.jpg#asset:65602

Homeplace

John Lingan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Homeplace is an honest, bittersweet, and at times humorous look at small-town America through the lens of Winchester, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Lingan, who grew up in Catonsville and has written for Oxford American and New York Times Magazine, examines Patsy Cline’s hometown and its longtime resident Jim McCoy, the honky-tonk owner who discovered her (and who continued to smoke, drink, and make music well into his 80s). What we ultimately see is a town in the midst of an identity crisis—from a slow-paced, Southern area known for its apple production to a burgeoning suburb of new establishments (Apple Blossom Mall, for instance) that have attracted an influx of urbanites from D.C. and Northern Virginia. But the book also feels like a travelogue at times—clearly the observations of an out-of-towner with a voice of his own. His four years of researching and writing it is evident, as he reveals the town’s (and neighboring towns’) quirks while bringing into focus a broader, nostalgic story of a vanishing way of life, as factory farms, opioids, big-box stores, and even music streaming services swallow up what once was.


91VfGFrPvL.jpg#asset:65607

Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula and the Rise of the Modern NFL

Jack Gilden (University of Nebraska Press)

No quarterback-coach combination had a more profound impact on the NFL than Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas and legendary head coach Don Shula. From the 1950s, when they played together in Baltimore, to the 1960s, when Shula coached Unitas, to the 1970s, when both men won Super Bowl titles, they helped launch the NFL into a billion-dollar industry. The title promises more than it delivers regarding their clashes, but the book well chronicles their deeply intertwined careers, including substantial interviews with former Colts greats.

Jack Gilden will be in conversation with John Eisenberg of BaltimoreRavens.com from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Baltimore Book Festival at the Inner Harbor.





You May Also Like


Arts & Culture

Music Reviews: September 2018

The latest from Super City and Josiah Wise.

Arts & Culture

Amber Tamblyn Talks New Male Sexual Assault Novel

The actress and author talks about her new novel Any Man.

On The Town

Asian-American Community Celebrates Past and Present With New Festival

Enjoy eats, drinks, and performances in Baltimore's historic Chinatown.


MaxSpace

Movie Review: Support the Girls

Regina Hall soars in film about the everyday insanity of a Hooters-type bar in Texas.

The Chatter

Ten Things Not to Miss at This Year’s Baltimore Book Festival

There will be more than 100 exhibitors, live concerts, and cooking demos by top chefs.

Arts District

Newly Opened Maker Practice in Catonsville Makes Crafting Accessible

Friends Mary Thomas and Amy Isler turn "crafternoons" into community business.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Newly Opened Maker Practice in Catonsville Makes Crafting Accessible: Friends Mary Thomas and Amy Isler turn "crafternoons" into community business.

​We Took a Pole Class and It’s Way More Athletic Than You Think: Instructor Tegan Williams of Xpose Fitness discusses fitness benefits of pole classes.

Taharka Brothers Hosting Ice Cream Social with Ben & Jerry's: Co-founder Ben Cohen will attend the Station North block party with a social justice focus.

Rally Raccoon Makes Himself at Home at Camden Yards: Adorable mammal is the best thing to happen to the Orioles all year.

Where to Find the Best Co-Working Spaces in Baltimore: Find free parking, complimentary coffee, and even child care at these shared spaces around town.