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.