Interesting afternoon at North Carolina’s Camden County Library discussing A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other! Thank you to both the Camden Book Lovers and the Wine, Women and Books book clubs for organizing – and to the library staff for opening up the program to the public. Hope we can meet again at your wonderful facility and do a program on One More Moon!
WOW – another book trip! We left Kitty Hawk Monday morning making stops in Alexandria, DC, Leesburg, and Richmond before finishing this morning in Hertford, NC with about 60 members of the Albemarle Plantation Women’s Association. Back to the OBX by 3pm today Wednesday.
A heartfelt thank you to the Breakfast Book Club in Port Orange, Florida. I was thrilled that you selected A Smile in One Eye as this month’s book and enjoyed being part of your discussion via Skype yesterday!
Have to admit it was a very strange feeling seeing my book so prominently displayed in a bookstore today! Lots of visitors on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Great response to the book signing! Thank you to the Island Bookstore!
“I can’t recite the chronology or elaborate on the facts. I can’t explain the reasons or defend how we lived our lives. What I can tell you is how the events of 1933 sowed the seeds that fundamentally changed our future, that there was little hand-wringing or emotion, that circumstances were beyond control, that there was no recourse or appeal. I can tell you that events were incremental, that the unbelievable became the believable and, ultimately, the normal.”
“A Smile in One Eye, a Tear in the Other” by Ralph Webster of Kitty Hawk. A World War II history with implications for today’s refugee crises. Webster tells the story of his father’s family, Jewish by heritage, Lutheran by choice, targeted by the Nazis. The buzz includes this from a staff member at Bookish: “When I first started reading the book, it felt very much like a love letter from an older son to an even older father. By the time I finished, it felt more like a letter of apology. … I cannot claim to know the author’s mind, but this book is one of the best reads I have had in a long time.”