By Madison Smartt Bell
With a writer’s willing eye, an established resident’s familiarity, and his personal sly wit, acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell leads us on a stroll via his followed fatherland of Baltimore, a urban the place crab brownies, Edgar Allan Poe, hair extensions, and John Waters video clips in some way coexist. From its founding earlier than the progressive warfare to its position in well known culture—thanks to seminal motion pictures like Barry Levinson’s Diner, the tv exhibit murder, and bestselling books via George Pelecanos and Laura Lippman—Baltimore is the United States, and in Charm City, Bell brings its tale to vibrant existence.
First revealing how Baltimore bought a few of its nicknames—including “Charm City”—Bell units off from his local of Cedarcroft and reveals his method around the city’s crossroads, joined periodically by way of a number of fellow Baltimoreans. Exploring Baltimore’s well-liked function in heritage (it used to be the following that Washington deliberate the conflict of Yorktown and Francis Scott Key witnessed the “bombs bursting in air”), Bell takes us to such amazing spots because the internal Harbor and Federal Hill, in addition to a number of the undiscovered corners that provide Baltimore its certain personality. all of the whereas, Charm City sheds deserved mild onto a occasionally ignored, sometimes eccentric, yet consistently captivating position.