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Novel Ideas: A selection of locally-authored books, chock full of regional culture and intrigue

Nov 21, 2016 02:35PM ● By James Houck
From our bookshelf to yours, we present a collection of books large and small, fact to fiction, and bound to Chesapeake Bay culture and creativity; perfect for perusing, curling up with, or sharing as presents this holiday season. Enjoy!

By James Houck

49 at 49: Portraiture in Two Mediums

By Jeff Huntington & David Hartcorn
Two of Annapolis’ finest with regards to the artistic mediums they craft—Jeff Huntington, oil painting, and David Hartcorn, photography—have teamed to create a unique visual experience, whereby each has produced portraits of 49 Annapolitan creatives juxtaposed against each other to stunning effect. Well done.

Seafood Lover’s Chesapeake Bay: Restaurants, Markets, Recipes & Traditions

By Mary Lou Baker with Holly Smith
Chock full of cultural minutiae, detailed restaurant profiles, personalities, and recipes that’ll make your taste buds scream for more, the book could well serve as a bible for Chesapeake Bay culinary aficionados.

Maryland Legends: Folklore from the Old Line State

By Trevor J. Blank & David J. Puglia
Extraordinary tales and bizarre creatures that color Maryland’s folklore are explored in this collection of tales; from the demon car of Seven Hills Road to the mythical Snallygaster of Western Maryland, and even the menacing Goatman of Prince George’s County.

A Year Across Maryland

By Bryan MacKay
Biologist and naturalist Bryan MacKay provides a week-by-week look at Maryland’s abundant wildlife and plants—noting the best places to visit in every season. Written as a monthly almanac, MacKay offers ample opportunities to explore and appreciate local nature. For example, this month (November) he recommends a canoe trip along the Pocomoke River to view fall foliage and duck migrations.

A Death in Geneva

By A. Denis Clift
Set against the background of late-1970s terrorism that crisscrosses Europe, the United States, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic as mysterious assailants terrorize one of America’s richest industrialist families, A Death in Geneva is the brainchild of author and former naval officer Clift, who served in 11 administrations. A thrilling non-fiction novel with sharp detail gleaned from first-hand experience.

Maryland: A Portrait

By Roger Miller
An absolute, definitive visual feast of all things Maryland—landscapes, events, cultural iconography, and people—by renowned photographer Roger Miller. More than 250 color photographs and detailed captions make it into this coffee-table book, from which you’ll discover something new about our home state with each read.

Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation and Future

By Kate Livie
With careful research and interviews with experts, author Kate Livie presents the dynamic story of the eastern oyster as it relates to Chesapeake culture, commerce, and culinary palates. The historical context sets the stage for answering the questions, “What does the future hold?”

Fidelity: A Kay Malloy Novel

By Jan Fedarcyk
The debut novel from Fedarcyk—the only woman to lead the FBI’s prestigious New York Office as Assistant Director in Charge—dives into the world of the FBI and international espionage through the lens of special agent Kay Malloy, who must make the choice between those she loves and the country she’s sworn to protect.

The Magic and Mystery of Sable Island

By Gary Jobson
The only DVD to land on our bookshelf, this documentary film captures Jobson’s voyage to this crescent shaped island, located 200 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The crew of six included two archaeologists, three sailors, and a cameraman. Home to a herd of 500 wild horses, many thousands of gray seals, and some birds and insects, the island is also the site of 350 shipwrecks over the past 500 years. The low sand dunes make the island difficult to see. Fog surrounds the island on more days than not. This documentary will take you to a very remote, and seldom visited place. 

Financial Tales

By Carlos Sera
Local author and Registered Investment Advisor, Carlos Sera, offers poignant, practical, heartwarming, heart wrenching, and even comical, stories with a financial lesson tucked in each. It’s an informative, insightful, and enjoyable read for anyone interested in financial investment—that should be most of us.

Chesapeake Legends and Lore from the War of 1812

By Ralph E. Eshelman & Scott S. Sheads
In the 200 years following the War of 1812, the Chesapeake Campaign became romanticized in tall tales and local legends. This book investigates the myriad of stories that have emerged in towns large and small throughout the region and does a fine job revealing truth and myth.