February 2nd, 2015

An Evening with Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman - photo credit Jan CobbI was thrilled to learn that award-winning local author Laura Lippman will be stopping at the Cecil County Public Library on Friday, February 27th at 7 pm, as part of her latest book tour. Best known for her Baltimore-based mystery series featuring private investigator Tess Monaghan, Hush Hush will be the first Tess Monaghan story since 2008. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been writing. In 2008 the author wrote what would become her first best-selling novel, What the Dead Know. Set in and around Baltimore, she wrote of a time and a place right out of my own past and evoked such a sense of nostalgia that I was transported right back to my childhood. In her best selling novel to date, I’d Know You Anywhere, the author wrote a complex psychological thriller, one that left me with many questions. These questions and the feeling of a shared experience make me eager to meet the author and hear more about her stories and life. I won’t be missing this opportunity!

Since the last Tess Monaghan novel, both she and Laura Lippman have become mothers. It is this experience she draws on in Hush Hush. It is a story of suspense about mothers; good mothers, bad mothers, homicidal mothers. It promises to be every bit as complex and psychological as her latest book.

During “An Evening with Laura Lippman,” a fundraiser benefiting the CCPL Foundation and the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library, the author will discuss her latest book and answer questions from the audience. In addition, each ticket holder will receive a hardback copy of Hush Hush, with a book signing to follow. Tickets can be purchased at any CCPL branch or online via our website.

If you can’t get enough of murder and mayhem be sure to check out “A Day in the Life of a Forensic Scientist” at the Elkton Library on Thursday, February 5th at 7 pm and “Homicide Detective and Cases” at the Perryville Library on Thursday, February 12th at 7 pm.

Laura Lippman photo credit Jan Cobb.

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December 5th, 2012

Christmas in WWII

ChristmasWWIIpicIt’s that “most wonderful time of the year” again, and for me and many of us, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without the lights, the decorations, the presents, and (especially) the food!  It’s a time of over-indulgence and celebrations with family and friends, but the abundance we enjoy today was not always so. During World War II, with the war effort in full swing, rationing severely limited many things we now take for granted. Although this created some hardship, it was a small sacrifice that most were honored to make if it helped keep their loved ones safe and sound.  Still today, many of us are separated from our loved ones and may be struggling to make do with less.

Nothing evokes the feeling of Christmas like the music; the songs conjure up memories of Christmases past and how we celebrated with family and friends. Even now I find myself humming “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby.  Recorded during World War II, the melancholy lyrics of “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” with their comforting images of home and yearning for family, touched the hearts of American civilians and soldiers alike.

Join us Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm at the North East Branch Library. In a period uniform, accompanied by holiday music of the era, she will be sharing images of Christmas during World War II, both at home and in military settings.  She will describe the decorations and how food was prepared, and will explain shortages and rationing and how that affected daily life. Take a step back in time with us, to hear about Christmas memories from those days.

What are your favorite holiday traditions and memories?

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