Author Discussion & Signing with Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

Title: This Is Really War:

         The Incredible True Story of a Nay Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines

Author: Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

Date; June 23, 2019

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM


In January 1940, Navy nurse Dorothy Still eagerly anticipated her new assignment at a military hospital in the Philippines. Her first year abroad was an adventure. She dated sailors, attended dances and watched the sparkling evening lights from her balcony. But as 1941 progressed, signs of war became imminent. Military wives and children were shipped home to the states, and the sailors increased their daily drills. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, Dorothy and the other nurses braced for a direct assault. When the all-clear sounded, they raced across the yard to the hospital and prepared for the wounded to arrive. In that frantic dash, Dorothy transformed from a navy nurse to a war nurse. Along with the other women on the nursing staff, she provided compassionate, tireless, critical care.
When the Philippines fell to Japan in early January 1942, Dorothy was held captive in a hospital and then transferred to a university along with thousands of civilian prisoners. Cramped conditions, disease and poor nutrition meant the navy nurses and their army counterparts were overwhelmed caring for the camp. They endured disease, starvation, severe overcrowding, and abuse from guards, but also experienced friendship, hope, and some, including Dorothy, even found love.

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About the Author

Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi is the author of Ugly Prey and has contributed to the Chicago TribuneLos Angeles TimesAtlanta Journal-ConstitutionBaltimore SunDetroit Free PressMiami HeraldSeattle Times and Crain’s Chicago Business. She has taught courses in media history, media criticism and journalism and is a frequent guest lecturer in graduate and undergraduate media courses. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Event date: 

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

7419 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
This Is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641600767
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Published: Chicago Review Press - May 7th, 2019

Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago Cover Image
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Published: Chicago Review Press - May 2017

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