A Mysterious Death and a Macabre Memoir

Book review: An Unexplained Death, by Mikita Brottman Book Depository Author Mikita Brottman lives in the Belvedere, a historic building in Baltimore that had a long life as a hotel and now is sectioned into apartments, bars and event spaces. Brottman admits to a fascination with the morbid, as many of us have, and hotels... Continue Reading →

Elegies for the Dead She’s Known

Book review: The Baltimore Book of the Dead, by Marion Winik Book Depository People do not pass away. / They die / and then they stay. Poet and author Marion Winik opens this second volume of creative short elegies to departed people she's known, tinged with personal memoir, with those lines from Naomi Shihab Nye's poem... Continue Reading →

Anatomy of an Injustice

Book review: Adnan's Story: Murder, Justice, and the Case that Captivated a Nation, by Rabia Chaudry (Amazon / Book Depository) Like countless others, I was all-consumingly fascinated with the story presented in the Serial podcast back in fall 2014. We're aware that miscarriages of justice exist in the American judicial system, yet we also put an immense amount of faith... Continue Reading →

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