How to Play During a War
A Free Spirit's Life in Letters
Playful, adventurous, empathetic (especially to those who linger in the shadows) and irrepressibly happy--even in the face of overwhelming hardships--Evelyn Merritt is one amazing woman. How to Play During a War is her story in her own words.
"It's a biography, a self-help book and a historical book as well.
That's how Lynne Whelden describes "How to Play During a War," a book about his mother's youth in Canton and her experiences during World War II.
"Whelden, a local videographer and hiking expert, spent the last several years editing his mother's letters, which focus on her work for the American Red Cross from 1943-45.
"Stationed at an Army hospital in New Caledonia, Whelden's mother, the late Evelyn Merritt, served as a hospital recreation worker, organizing activities for up to 1000 wounded servicemen in the 29th General Hospital. Subtitled "A Free Spirit s Life in Letters," the book collects Merritt's letters home to her family. They had been stored in a shoebox by Merritt's mother, and Whelden came upon them while going through the family homestead after Evelyn passed away in 2003."
--excerpt from Williamsport Sun-Gazette article by Joe Smith III, August 5, 2007