Books grouped by city; cities listed alphabetically: A ~ B
NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. 188 pages.
~~~ Shelves of books have been written about the ultimate fly-fishing experience:
the trip to remote, pristine waters where fish are plentiful and wild. But
sometimes there's good fishing to be found right down the street, in the most
unlikely of settings. These writers share stories about the fish they've found
in the midst of Manhattan, London, Tokyo, and Paris. Fishing a manmade lake in
the suburbs of Minnesota, a park pond in New Jersey, in suspect rivers within
sight of factories in Buffalo and Oakland, they steal an hour or two and go off
to fish where they can, when they can, because they can't not fish. This
unorthodox collection reveals what true fishermen understand: good fishing is to
be had anywhere you can find it.
Jakle, John A.,
CITY LIGHTS: Illuminating the American Night.
NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. Illustrations, notes, index,
~~~ Today's cities shine brightly at night, illuminated by millions of
lamps, neon signs, and incandescent and fluorescent bulbs burning in the windows
of office blocks, apartment buildings, and homes. Indeed, the modern city is in
large part defined by this brilliance. In contrast, cities before the end of the
nineteenth century were dominated by shadows and darkness, their oil lamps
mostly ineffectual against the night. The introduction of modern lighting
technologies in the 1870s - at first natural gas and later electricity -
transformed urban life in America and around the world.
This Promethean story
and its impact on the shape and pace of life in the American city is recounted
by John A. Jakle in City Lights. Jakle reveals how artificial lighting became a
dynamic instrument that altered every aspect of the urban landscape and was in
turn shaped by the growth of America's automobile culture. He examines the
technological and entrepreneurial innovations that made urban illumination
possible and then explores the various ways in which artificial lighting was
used to enhance - for reasons of commerce, safety, aesthetics, and mobility -
such public spaces as streets, festivals, world's fairs, amusement parks,
landmarks, and business districts. From the corner street lamp to the dazzling
display of Broadway's "Great White Way," City Lights offers a lively and
informative investigation into the geography of the night.
Currrently in print at $48.
Kunstler, James Howard,
THE CITY IN MIND: Notes on the Urban Condition.
NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. Free Press,188 pages.
~~~ The City in Mind tells the story of urban
design and how the architectural
makeup of a city directly influences its culture as
well as its success. From
the ingenious architectural design of Louis-Napoleon's
renovation of Paris to
the bloody collision of cultures that occurred when
Cortes conquered the Aztec
capital Tenochtitlan, from the grandiose architectural
schemes of Hitler and
Albert Speer to the meanings behind the ludicrous
spectacle of Las Vegas,
Kunstler opens up a new dialogue on the development
and effects of urban
construction. In his investigations, he discovers
American communities in the
Sunbelt and Southwest alienated from each other and
cities caught between their initial civic construction
and our current
car-obsessed society, and a disparate Europe with its
mix of pre-industrial
creativity, and war-marked reminders of the twentieth
THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD.
NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. Free Press, 264 pages.
~~~ With a great deal of sadness, NPR host Ray Suarez chronicles
the effects of the American migration from cities to suburbs in the second half of
the 20th century. He visited a number of cities--including Chicago, Philadelphia,
Cleveland, Miami, and Washington--to find out what went wrong. The Old Neighborhood
makes its case with an effective mix of data and quotations from interviews with
community organizers, government officials, people who stayed in the cities,
and those who left. One of the best things about the book--no doubt a product
of Suarez's radio background--is its tendency for extended quotations, where the
voices of his interview subjects more fully emerge.
LEAVING ATLANTA. NEW copy.
Hardcover with dust jacket,
Warner Books, 255
~~~ It's summer in Atlanta and black children are disappearing. By the time the heinous killing spree is over, 29 will be dead. This haunting menace provides the backdrop to the exquisitely evocative stories of three children fighting the everyday battles of adolescence: Tasha, who is coping with her parents' separation and the sweet pain of a first crush on a tender boy; Rodney, who struggles to make friends and wants only to please his abusive father; and Octavia, who faces down the popular crowd at school and must straddle the line between protected and protective daughter. Ultimately, these individual stories reveal the loss of innocence that accompanies the passage from childhood to adulthood.
ATLANTA BLUES. NEW copy.
Hardcover with dust jacket,
Harbor House, 240
~~~ A mother's plea to find her missing daughter leads a reporter to probe the dark underbelly of Atlanta where he come face-to-face with an all-too-human evil.
Walker, Blair S.,
DON'T BELIEVE YOUR LYING EYES.
Hardcover with dust jacket,
One World, 225
Every month for the last eighteen years, the payments for
unit twenty-five at a
storage facility in West Baltimore have arrived without
fail. After the money
orders mysteriously stop, a grisly surprise is found
inside the abandoned space:
the mummified remains of black socialite Adrienne Jackson.
The victim's fiancé
was none other than one of Baltimore's most prominent
politicians, who has since
remarried a much younger woman. Adrienne's disappearance
during an apparent
robbery in 1984 shocked and saddened the people of
Baltimore. Now her murder has
reopened old wounds, and cast a shadow of suspicion on a
pillar of the
community. Into this lurid state of affairs steps Baltimore
Darryl Billups, who is set to marry his longtime, live-in
Nervous about the upcoming wedding after fifteen years of
welcomes any distraction and eagerly throws himself into
the sordid case. Yet
after receiving sensitive inside information from a
contact in the police
department, Darryl discovers there's much more to the
story than meets the eye.
Maneuvering through a world of lies and deception,
privilege and power, Darryl
uncovers secrets and bombshells that will lead him to
an unlikely suspect - one
who will shake the foundations of a proud city . . .
and one that just may cost
Darryl his life.
DEEP POCKETS. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket.
St Martin's Minotaur. 310 pages. |
~~~ Harvard Professor Wilson
Chaney's position in life is hanging by a thread: his
marriage, his reputation, not to mention his tenure at Harvard, are in
of a blackmailer: someone threatening to sell Chaney's secrets at very
prices. His enviable life could disappear into thin air should the
evidence - proof of his affair with a young student - become public
So he hires Boston private investigator Carlotta Carlyle to track
blackmailer and put a stop to the scheme. Can she do it? Of course.
she? The professor doesn't inspire much loyalty - after all, he did
adultery with one of his own students - but Carlotta agrees to help
into the case, nosing around Harvard and the possible suspects from
the rest of
Dr. Chaney's life, she uncovers a suspicious death as part of the
Dr. Chaney's situation. Suddenly Carlotta's sixth sense is telling
her the case
might be more dangerous than it first seemed.
BAG MEN. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK.
Harvest Books. 263 pages. |
~~~ It is New Year's Day, 1965, and the body of Father George Sedgewick is
discovered on a snow-covered runway of Logan Airport. Gone missing are four
thousand communion hosts consecrated by Pope Paul VI, meant to be given out to
the faithful at the first English-language mass in America later that year. Ray
Dunn, a rising young assistant district attorney and the son of a corrupt cop,
is assigned to the case. In another part of the city, legendary narcotics
detective Manny Manning begins a desperate search for the shadowy source of
deadly new heroin hitting the streets. This time Manny is determined to reach
the top, but his adversary is cunning, brutal - and branching out into a strange
drug called "acid." These quests for a killer and a dealer will intersect,
unleashing the ghosts of the past and unlocking the secrets of Boston's most
UNCOMMON JUSTICE. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket.
Putnam Publishing Group. 307 pages. |
~~~ Disillusioned with her first foray into corporate law, Mairead O'Clare leaves a
high-powered Boston firm to join ranks with Sheldon Gold, a down-at-the-heels
criminal attorney. Mairead barely knows how to find the courthouse, let alone
how to navigate the treacherous waters of a criminal trial. And immediately she
finds herself thrust in the middle of a capital murder case, when she is
assigned to represent Alpha, a homeless man and self-proclaimed hermit charged
with the murder of another homeless man on the banks of the Charles River.
ORION RISING: An Owen Keene Mystery. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket.
St Martin's Press, 307 pages. |
~~~ In the spring of 1969, a young nurse is raped and brutally beaten in a quiet
suburb of Boston called Cleveland Circle. Twenty-six years later, a
ne'er-do-well Boston accountant, James Courtney Murray, is murdered and a
yellowed newspaper clipping describing the old rape is left on his body. The
latest DNA-testing techniques confirm his killer's charge: Murray was the
Cleveland Circle rapist. Enter Owen Keane, failed seminarian and compulsive
solver of mysteries. Keane was a college classmate of Murray's and a fellow
suspect in the Cleveland Circle attack. He sets out to clear his friend and find
his murderer, driven by his own guilty knowledge of the 1969 crime. As he moves
though the Boston of 1995, Keane slips back repeatedly to his lost days in
college, both to reexamine the old mystery and to revisit a love affair that had
as profound an effect on his life as any murder. He is caught in the middle when
the past and present collide in the most harrowing climax of this critically
Parker, Robert B.,
HUSH MONEY: A Spenser Novel. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket.
Putnam Publishing Group. 309 pages. |
Boston P.I. Spenser has his hands full when he takes on two cases at once. In the first, a
high-minded university might be hiding a killer within a swamp of political
correctness. And in the other, Spenser comes to the aid of a stalking victim,
only to find himself the unwilling object of the woman's dangerous affection.
Rossiter, William S. (ed),
DAYS AND WAYS IN OLD BOSTON. Malcom Fraser
and Jacques Reich. Boston: R.H. Stearns and Company, 1915. Cloth. book:Good.
Exterior of cover hinges beginning to crack at ends, though interior hinges still intact.
Some fraying at spine ends and corners. Book otherwise intact. Paper labels on cover
& spine still intact. Profusely illustrated with drawings, engravings and photographic
plates. Finely printed with wide margins. Nine essays covering different aspects of
Boston's cultural, literary and business history, from the colonial period to the early
twentieth century. 144 pages.
[Brooklyn] Myrna Katz Frommer & Harvey Frommer.
IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN. Harcourt & Brace,
Harvest Book, 1993., NEW. Paperback. 8x10. Profusely illustrated, index, 250 pp.
[Brooklyn] Andrea Wyatt Sexton & Alice Leccese Powers (editors),
THE BROOKLYN READER: Thirty Writers Celebrate America's
Favorite Borough. Harmony Books, NY, 1994. "|
There is no other place quite
like Brooklyn. Not only has it inspired and nurtured many native writers, it has
had a profound impact on those passing through. The Brooklyn Reader features a
rich diversity of writings — short stories, poetry, essays, novels, biographies,
and plays — that offer thirty writers' unique and colorful experiences of New
York City's biggest borough. Ranging from warm, nostalgic memories of childhood
to humorous tales of new arrivals adjusting to the American way, or just stories
of life's unplanned adventures, this reading tour is a true delight.
Contributors include: Anatole Broyard, Cristina Garcia, Henry Miller, Betty Smith,
Derek Walcott, Truman Capote, Spike Lee, Isaac Bashevis Singer, William Styron,
Books grouped by city; cities listed alphabetically: A ~ D