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Top Ten Baltimore Books of 2016

Top Ten Baltimore Books of 2016

1. D. Watkins, “The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir” (Grand Central Publishing)

Watkins didn’t break through to a national audience because of dumb luck. He’s become Baltimore’s new favorite literary export because he’s revising the story that has been told about our city from the perspective of someone who actually lived it, and who has the writing chops to tell it. Watkins’ second book, “The Cook Up,” is his shift from essay to memoir, and it shows how Watkins (disclosure: a CP contributor) grinded through being raised by an older brother in East Baltimore and stepping away from a thriving drug business to become a no-holds-barred thought leader on race in America....

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