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Your Maryland

Paperback
, 256 pages

18 b&w illus., 1 map

ISBN:
9781421424057
September 2017
$22.95

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Your Maryland

Little-Known Histories from the Shores of the Chesapeake to the Foothills of the Allegheny Mountains

" Good evening, I’m Ric Cottom. Welcome to Your Maryland." Since 2002, when he first delivered his now-classic radio segment on Maryland history, Ric Cottom has narrated hundreds of little-known human interest stories. Collected here are 72 of his favorite on-air pieces, enhanced with beautiful papercut illustrations by Baltimore artist Annie Howe. From accused witches and the murderous career of gunsmith John Dandy through tales of Johnny U and the greatest game ever played, Your Maryland covers nearly four centuries of the Free State’s heroes and scoundrels.

Entertaining listeners of all ages while sparking their interest in the past, Cottom’s beloved Your Maryland is a unique blend of carefully researched regional history and narrative nonfiction. He deftly emphasizes the human dimension of Maryland’s colorful past: its athletes (two- and four-legged), beautiful spies, brilliant writers, misunderstood pirates, and ghosts. All of that color, suspense, and humor—as well as the author’s unusual talent for discovering interesting historical facts and personages—is part of your Maryland.

Ric Cottom is the host of WYPR’s Your Maryland. As Robert I. Cottom, Jr., he is the coauthor of Maryland in the Civil War: A House Divided and the coeditor of After Chancellorsville, Letters from the Heart: The Civil War Letters of Private Walter G. Dunn & Emma Randolph.

"These vignettes display Ric Cottom's skill as a storyteller and his unusual talent as a story-discoverer. Introducing us to outrageous characters with powerful personalities, this book, like Cottom himself, will have many fans."

"Absolutely delightful. These wonderful stories, which cover a great assortment of subjects from legendary ghost stories to wars, theatrical and musical performances, and sports, will appeal to a broad audience."

"A string of polished pearls. Charming, cogent, suggestive, Cottom’s deft essays offer vignettes that not only bring history to life—they pretty much mesmerize readers, just as they captivated listeners on the radio. A high achievement of the historian-storyteller’s art."

"Ric Cottom's writing is often poetic, sometimes wry, and always evocative. Listening to these stories is like curling up next to a warm fire to be carried off into a distant and fascinating time and place."

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