Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Featured Book: A Cruel Calm: Paris Between the Wars by Patricia Daly-Lipe

About the book:

What was love like in the era before annulments, reliable contraceptives, and acceptance of homosexuality? During the period between the wars, appearances counted and marriage was a life sentence without parole. From aviation to annulment, from an island in the Seine to the King of France, the Spirit of St. Louis permeates the story, but in so many different contexts.

Well researched, A CRUEL CALM, Paris Between the Wars includes Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic; Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Joseph Campbell and Hemingway in their own words; the Surrealist movement, lady pilots Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart; Black Thursday; the ravages from and newspaper clipping of the Great War; omens of a new war brewing, and much more.

A CRUEL CALM visits an era of idealism and innovation on all levels when Paris was the cultural capital of the Western world. Simple became sensational and the most treasured, intimate values became complicated and inaccessible. This is a story replete with historical detail, universal conflict, and sensational romance.

Royal Dragonfly Book Awards First Place
Best Books Award, USA Book
Readers Favorite Honor Award

About the author:

Although born in La Jolla, California, Patricia spent an equal amount of time living on the other coast in Washington, D.C., the home of several generations of her mother's family. In 1961, her mother died of cancer. Patricia was only 18. She returned to Vassar College with a year at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and earned a B.A. degree in Philosophy.

Later, as a single parent of three children, she and her young family raised, raced (winning at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, and Golden Gate), and showed Thoroughbred horses. After her children were grown, she completed a Masters degree followed by a PhD specializing in Creative Arts and Communication.

For several years, Dr. Daly taught English and writing to University students and adults, wrote for several magazines, and had a newspaper column with Beach and Bay Press. She now gives talks on a myriad of subjects.

Patricia now lives in Virginia with her husband Steele Lipe, MD, three dogs, two horses, and two cats, all rescues (except husband). She is the author of five books two of which have her paintings on the covers. She is past President of the National League of American Pen Women, La Jolla Branch and recently, of the DC Branch. Patricia was a 2002 winner of the San Diego Book Awards Association, recipient of the 2004 Woman of Achievement Award from NLAPW, Best Books Award Finalist, 1st runner up trophy winner of JADA Award Winning Novel Contest in 2006, VIP for Cambridge Who's Who, 2009 Golden Nib Award winner for Poetry and more.


literarylady said...

Thank you so much, Beth. Although I have published not 5 but 7 books, I am hoping this one will become a movie. As the saying goes, if you cannot learn from the past, you are bound to repeat it. So much to learn from the era of Paris between the wars.

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