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Charm City by Madison Smartt Bell
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Jun 04, 2008

it was ok
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I really wanted to like this book - it's about Baltimore, particularly parts that I know and love. The author, a noted novelist who also teaches at Goucher, takes a number of walks through different stretches of Baltimore - a walk down York Road from Northern Parkway to the Inner Harbor, a walk up Charles Street (which I do myself at least thrre times a week), a walk through Dickeyville (never did this one but it sounds fun). What bothered me was there were a bunch of factual errors - he mentioned streets crossing each other that are in fact parallel, he cites a local foundation's office being on he wrong street - things that would have been so easy to fact-check. It wasn't an awful book but it was disappointing.
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