| May 8, 2011
The Forgotten Founding Father
Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture
Putnam: 355 pp., $26.95
Reading Joshua Kendall's smart new biography of the pioneering lexicographer Noah Webster Jr. (1758-1843) brings to...
| May 3, 2011
| 10:53 AM
Online refer: For more garden photos, go to baltimoresun.com/travel. For more information on gardening, read Susan Reimer's blog at baltimoresun.com/gardenvariety
When Cheval Opp retired from IBM, she knew exactly what she would do with her time....
| Mar 18, 2010
| 3:19 PM
PHILADELPHIA -- With history around every corner -- and probably next door to a cheesesteak place -- you won't need to spend a lot of Benjamins (Franklins, that is) for a great trip to the City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia boasts free tours of many of...
| Apr 9, 2009
| 10:06 PM
The Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules governing television stations' obligations to broadcast programming responsive to the educational and informational needs of children. The Federal Communications Commission also requires that...
| Jan 24, 2010
The Power of Half
One Family's Decision to Stop
Taking and Start Giving Back
Kevin and Hannah Salwen
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 242 pp., $24
Give it up for the Salwen family. Inspired by 14-year-old Hannah, who had "become increasingly upset about...
| Jan 24, 2010
The Templars were an elite taskforce -- consider them the Green Berets of the Middle Ages. They were known for their service to the pope, their fierce determination to wrest Jerusalem from the enemy, their great wealth and, like many groups, their...
| Aug 30, 2009
A Mother-Daughter Story
Sue Monk Kidd and
Ann Kidd Taylor
Viking: 282 pp., $25.95
In 1998, Sue Monk Kidd was 49. Her daughter Ann was 22 and had lived away from home for four years. Her mother missed her "almost...
| Feb 18, 2009
| 12:02 PM
Benjamin Franklin famously said that "in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." With April 15 right around the corner, let's talk about the more palatable of Franklin's two certainties.
Taxes don't disappear in...
| Mar 8, 2009
Ishmael Reed has made a career of taking the canon and blowing it into smithereens. Poet, essayist, novelist ("Mumbo Jumbo," "The Free-Lance Pallbearers"), the Oakland resident co-founded the Before Columbus Foundation in 1976, with the intention of...
| Mar 6, 2009
Go here: Philadelphia is known for its charming neighborhoods, its cheesy steak sandwiches, its breweries and food markets, and of course, its links to the birth of our nation. Ben Franklin lived there; so did Betsy Ross. It's where the Founding Fathers...
| Mar 18, 2009
| 8:15 AM
The 10 best places for ice cream, roller coasters, music festivals and wildlife-watching are just a few of the lists you'll find in The 10 Best of Everything Families: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers.
The new book ($21.95) from National Geographic, by...