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 videos by some means coexist. From its founding prior to the innovative battle to its position in well known culture—thanks to seminal motion pictures like Barry Levinson’s Diner, the tv exhibit murder, and bestselling books by way of George Pelecanos and Laura Lippman—Baltimore is the United States, and in Charm City, Bell brings its tale to brilliant 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 manner around the city’s crossroads, joined periodically via a bunch of fellow Baltimoreans. Exploring Baltimore’s renowned function in heritage (it was once the following that Washington deliberate the conflict of Yorktown and Francis Scott Key witnessed the “bombs bursting in air”), Bell takes us to such outstanding spots because the internal Harbor and Federal Hill, in addition to a few of the undiscovered corners that supply Baltimore its exact personality. the entire whereas, Charm City sheds deserved gentle onto a occasionally missed, sometimes eccentric, yet consistently fascinating position.