|About the Book|
Not for nothing has Maryland been called America in Miniature, Writes Eugene L. Meyer in the introduction to Maryland Lost and Found Again. For to write about Maryland is to write about America.Washington Post reporter Meyer directs a tourMoreNot for nothing has Maryland been called America in Miniature, Writes Eugene L. Meyer in the introduction to Maryland Lost and Found Again. For to write about Maryland is to write about America.Washington Post reporter Meyer directs a tour across The Free State thats part love letter, part oral history, part obituary as he explores what makes Maryland special, the people who make it unique, and the places and livelihoods that have vanished over the years.The whole of the American experience is found within the states borders and between the covers of this updated book- megalopolis, Appalachia, the Chesapeake Bay, the Deep South, the industrial North, rich farmland, a major port, the nations capital, and the primary car and rail routes carrying East Coast interstate traffic.If you want to discover a little bit of America, wrote a Richmond Times-Dispatch reviewer upon the original publication of Maryland Lost and Found (Johns Hopkins, 1986), Meyer can help he writes with an experienced insight into both the history and the layered surrounding of MarylandMaryland captures my heart the way America does- Its rich diversity of people, lifestyles, and landscapes are such that it is impossible ever to be blasé or bored by it, the author said. It is an endlessly fascinating, and endearing, place.Meyer noted that while there existed books about certain sections of the state, the lack of a state-wide perspective created a void in the literature that his experience and writing could help fill.I wanted to give readers a strong sense of place about Maryland, whether they live here or are merely visiting, he said.Meyers work has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild awarded him its top prize for local reporting in 1995 and for commentary and criticism in 1996. He was a Washington Post Duke Fellow in 1985 and the 1991 James Thurber Journalist-in Residence at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and son.