The Baltimore Book of the Dead (Hardcover)

By Marion Winik

Counterpoint LLC, 9781640091214, 112pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

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Description

"Winik has many gifts as a writer, but one I appreciate the most is her ability to write about the hardest, darkest subjects with a light, knowing hand." --Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, in praise for The Glen Rock Book of the Dead

When Cheryl Strayed was asked by The Boston Globe to name a book she finds herself recommending time and again, she chose The Glen Rock Book of the Dead. Now that beloved book has a sequel, The Baltimore Book of the Dead, another collection of portraits of the dead, their compressed narratives weaving a unusual, richly populated memoir.

Approaching mourning and memory with intimacy, humor, and an eye for the idiosyncratic, the story begins in the 1960s in Marion Winik's native New Jersey, moves through Austin, Texas and rural Pennsylvania, and settles in her current home of Baltimore.

Winik begins with a portrait of her mother, the Alpha, introducing locales and language around which other stories will orbit: the power of family, home, and love; the pain of loss and the tenderness of nostalgia; the backdrop of nature and public events. From there, she goes on to create a highly personal panorama of the last half century of American life. Joining the Alpha are the Man Who Could Take Off His Thumb, the Babydaddy, the Warrior Poetess, El Suegro, and the Thin White Duke, not to mention a miniature poodle and a goldfish.



About the Author

Longtime All Things Considered commentator MARION WINIK is the author of First Comes Love, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, and seven other books. She writes the Bohemian Rhapsody column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com, and is the host of Baltimore WYPR's The Weekly Reader radio show. She reviews books for Newsday, People, Kirkus Reviews, and other venues, and is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. She is a professor in the M.F.A. program at the University of Baltimore.
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