En­joy a Ch­e­sa­peake Bay sum­mer with these books

Read all about life along the wa­ter


Spe­cial to the Whig

Take in the beauty, learn the his­tory and sam­ple the re­gional del­i­ca­cies of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay with these sum­mer books.

Wa­ter’s Way: Life Along the Ch­e­sa­peake

Pho­tog­ra­phy by David W. Harp Es­says by Tom Hor­ton The story of one of North Amer­ica’s most fas­ci­nat­ing re­gions un­folds through the sen­si­tive pho­to­graphs and prose of two men who have stud­ied the Ch­e­sa­peake all their lives. Pub­lished in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Foun­da­tion.

Great Storms of the Ch­e­sa­peake By David Healey Even be­fore John Smith’s crew weath­ered its first squall, the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and its trib­u­taries had been rav­aged by ev­ery type of storm imag­in­able. A 1769 hur­ri­cane al­tered the course of his­tory, de­mol­ish­ing the ship­ping chan­nels of Charlestown and mak­ing Bal­ti­more the dom­i­nant port. A once- in- five- hun­dred- years storm, Trop­i­cal Storm Agnes, left more than sev­enty peo­ple dead and dev­as­tated the ecol­ogy of the bay.

A Year Across Mary­land: A Week-by-Week guide to Dis­cov­er­ing Na­ture in the Ch­e­sa­peake Re­gion By Bryan MacKay When can you find ripe blue­ber­ries along the Ap­palachian Trail in Mary­land? Where can you see the air filled with monarch but­ter­flies as they mi­grate south each au­tumn? If you want to en­joy na­ture this week­end, where is the best place to visit? Bryan MacKay can tell you.

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay in the Civil War

By Eric Mills

Here is a rich panorama of fas­ci­nat­ing Civil War his­tory: the war’s first deaths on the streets of Bal­ti­more; Abra­ham Lin­coln on the deck of the rev­enue cut­ter Miami; Franklin Buchanan of Tal­bot County com­mand­ing the iron­clad C.S.S. Vir­ginia as she sounds the death knell for the age of sail; Naval Academy in­struc­tor John Tay­lor Wood be­com­ing one of the most feared Con­fed­er­ate raiders on the Bay and much more.

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Cook­ing with John Shields By John Shields Loosen your belts and get ready to chow down on a pile of steamed blue crabs, dine on a Mary­land plan­ta­tion­style feast, or graze through the stalls of Bal­ti­more’s Cross Street Mar­ket with tele­vi­sion host and “Culi­nary Am­bas­sador of the Bay” John Shields.

Beau­ti­ful Swim­mers: Water­men, Crabs and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay By Wil­liam W. Warner Wil­liam Warner ex­hibits his skill as a nat­u­ral­ist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize-win­ning study of the pug­na­cious At­lantic blue crab and of its Ch­e­sa­peake Bay ter­ri­tory.

Ch­e­sa­peake: Ex­plor­ing the Wa­ter Trail of Cap­tain John Smith By John Page Williams This richly il­lus­trated, in­for­ma­tive and invit­ing book in­ter­twines two fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries of dis­cov­ery. The first, among the ear­li­est clas­sics of New World ad­ven­ture, re­counts Cap­tain John Smith’s ex­plo­ration of Ch­e­sa­peake Bay 400 years ago; the sec­ond re­vis­its this stun­ning land­scape as it is to­day.

Sum­mer read­ing is here! Sign up at any CCPL branch lo­ca­tion or on­line. The last day to turn in com­pleted read­ing logs for prizes is Aug. 13. For more in­for­ma­tion, ti­tle avail­abil­ity and read­ing rec­om­men­da­tions, visit www. cecil.ebranch.info, find the Cecil County Pub­lic Li­brary on Face­book, call 410-996-5600 or stop by any branch.

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