With the Baltimore Ravens preparing for Super Bowl, it's time to turn to all thing purple, including books. Buildings in the city already are bathed in purple lights and folks here are wearing purple sweaters, scarves and shirts. So why not books? Here is a list of some favorites, to get folks in the mood for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
-- "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson. One of my favorite kids' books, about a boy whose fantastic imagination is bolstered by a magical crayon. I'd like to see him draw up a few plays for Ray Rice, or create a big hole for the 49ers to fall into.
-- "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker, which includes this quote for Ravens' fans: “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
-- "Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The author's tale about a family in her native Nigeria was a compelling debut novel. Now, as a resident of Columbia, a Baltimore suburb, she should have adopted the Ravens as her team.
-- "The Purple Cloud" by M.P. Shiel. The apocalyptic novel, published at the dawn of the 20th century, includes a great moment -- when protagonist Adam Jeffson burns down San Francisco for kicks. And you think Ray Lewis is mean?
-- "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey, one of the famed writers' best. I can picture his cowboys plugging the 49ers with lead.
-- "The Purple Dress," a short story by O. Henry, which provided this fitting quotation: "And now purple is being worn. You notice it on the streets. Of course other colors are quite stylish as well ... but you see lots of purple too."