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Charm City by Madison Smartt Bell
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Mar 07, 10

bookshelves: borrowed
Recommended for: anyone with a mind to pick up Balmer trivia
Read from March 01 to 04, 2010

An amiable, inconsequetial stroll through diverse neighborhoods of Baltimore. While teeming with various odd bits of trivia, the book doesn't give one much feel for the place, possibly because Bell is not in fact a native, having only lived in Baltimore just over twenty years. One senses that any of his walking companions might have produced a more insightful account of the city. A confessed non-sports fan, it is nevertheless odd that Balmer's most famous son, George Herman Ruth, doesn't rate a single mention from Bell.

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message 1: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I don't think any walk through Baltimore is inconsequential.

Spiros True, but the writing can be.

message 3: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I won't dispute that.

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