Matisse in the Cone Collection: The Poetics of Vision, by Jack Flam (Baltimore Museum of Art, 118 pages, $19.95) (S). Flam's sixth book on Matisse. Excellent color reproductions.
Inventing the Renaissance Putto, by Charles Dempsey (University of North Carolina, 277 pages, $59.95). A putto is a naked child, usually a cherub or cupid.
Lives in Art: Sixteen Women Who Changed Theater in Baltimore, by Maravene Loeschke (107 pages, $14.95). Producers, playwrights, directors.
A Life Divided: George Peabody, Pivotal Figure in Anglo-American Finance, Philanthropy and Diplomacy, by Robert Van Riper (Xlibris, 255 pages, $31.99). How he made all that money in the first place.
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, by Daniel Mark Epstein (Henry Holt, 300 pages, $26). The connections between a famous beauty's love poems and love life.
Noble Powell and the Episcopal Establishment in the 20th Century, by David Hein (University of Illinois Press, 182 pages, $29.95). A Maryland bishop (1941 to 1963) whom the civil rights movement left behind.
Radical Visions: Stringfellow Barr, Scott Buchanan and Their Efforts on Behalf of Education and Politics in the Twentieth Century, by Charles A. Nelson (Bergin & Garvey, 226 pages, $59). They founded the Great Books Program, in 1937 at St. John's College in Annapolis.
Fugitives: Evading and Escaping the Japanese, by Bob Stahl (University Press of Kentucky, 143 pages, $22.50). After the fall of the Philippines, three U.S. civilians safely reach Australia.
With the Fifth Army Air Force: Photos From the Pacific Theater, by James P. Gallagher (Johns Hopkins, 208 pages, $34.95). A World War II serviceman's tales and photos.
Ottmar Mergenthaler: The Man and His Machine, by Basil Kahan (Oak Knoll, 254 pages, $55). The man who, while in Baltimore, invented the Linotype.
Given to God: The Life of Katherine Ferguson, by Margaret D. Pagan (Peggy's Trunk, 152 pages, $14.95). A freed New York City slave pioneers in the Sunday School movement.
Saving the Bay: People Working for the Future of the Chesapeake, by Ann E. Dorbin; photos by Richard A. K. Dorbin (Johns Hopkins, 352 pages, $36). Profiles of 46 men and women whose efforts may yet arrest its decline.
The Chesapeake Bay, by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers and Stillman Rogers (Hunter, 495 pages, $18.95) (S). Not pocket-size, but it's accurate, thorough, sensible.
Dancing With the Tide, by Mick Blackistone (Tidewater, 266 pages, $24.95). The watermen - over against recreational fishing, conservation, politics, polluted runoff and simple, basic overpopulation.