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Memory is a timeless place

The most important story in the world is one you know best: your own.     Lifelong Annapolitan Ralph Crosby tells his in Memoirs of a Main Street Boy.

Take a book, leave a book

The Little Free Library at 9100 Greenwood Ave. in North Beach joins some 36,000 front-yard book-lenders in 70 countries, from Iceland to Tasmania to Australia.     Library stewards Gary Stevens and Meredith Allen have stocked their Little Free Library with a variety of used books for readers of all ages to take a book and leave a book.

Are you edging closer to marking this Mother’s Day with your own words?     Perhaps local writer Janice Lynch Schuster of Edgewater can push you over the edge.     For her mother, in memory of her grandmothers — and in appreciation of the many acts of motherhood — she has combined 17 quatrains — stanzas of four lines — into a poem-book, What Are Mothers For?     The simple quatrains stretch from birth to motherhood, beginning with

Part diet book, part motivational self-help

After years of dieting and illnesses, Annapolitan Lisa Consiglio Ryan brought her body back in balance with health coaching and a new diet of plant-based, gluten-free meals.     A former educator, Ryan is now a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and has created her own company, Whole Health Designs. Go Clean is the result of her advice and guidance to clients. Part diet book, part motivational self-help, Go Clean offers recipes and shopping tips for every season.

Bird enthusiasts will be tickled at holiday gifts of Feeding Wild Birds in America ($27.95). You, however, may have to endure their know-it-all-ness — unless you checkmate them by buying yourself a copy in self-defense.

A story of Greek proportions

Anyone who’s visited Annapolis is familiar with the site of the white-uniformed Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy. But unless you’re one of the 1,000 or so to graduate from the service academy each year, life behind its stone walls and iron fences is full of mystery like some secret society.

Interspecies relationships have shaped history

Brian Fagan, anthropologist and scholar (professor at the University of California Santa Barbara), is the author of this and other interesting and deeply researched books in the field of archeology. The complexity of relationships in his family menagerie inspired The Intimate Bond’s history of how humans and animals have interacted from the Ice Age to modern times.     Interspecies relationships have shaped history as, for example, subsistence farming of meat animals gave rise to the first large human settlements, our cities.

Bay Weekly’s Summer Reading Guide

A good book can take us farther than an airplane, keep us otherwise occupied longer than a week away from home and cost far less than any vacation. True, I’d rather be reading my book on a sandy beach with an ocean breeze. But even on my own back deck, lolling my cushy birthday chaise, a good book, a summer’s day and a cool drink make a vacation.     In that spirit, the Bay Weekly family of readers offers its annual summer reading special.

The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan

Cove Point is getting attention for more than its great views, good fishing or the controversial topic of natural gas import and export.     Thanks to Carol McCabe Booker — a Cove Point resident for three decades — the bump in the Bay in southern Calvert County is becoming a research center on black journalism pioneers.     First McCabe Booker, a lawyer and journalist, partnered with husband Simeon Booker on his autobiography Shocking the Conscience, a black journalist’s first-hand account of the civil rights movement.

Connecting communities through King and art

Dr. Martin Luther King’s message will see you through any month of the year, as readers young and old will learn in Love Will See You Through. In it, King’s niece, Angela Farris Watkins, draws six principles the civil rights leader followed as he promoted peace and non-violence.