Joyce Lovely will talk about growing up during World War II in Liverpool, England, amid air raids, bombs and gasmasks, as well as the postwar years, Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Public Library, 485 Commercial St./Route 1. She has written about these experiences in her book “Ice Cream, Gasmasks and God.”

Lovely tells of life during the war from her childhood perspective, allowing the grownups to worry about battles, rations and lack of necessities. Rationing in postwar Britain extended until 1953, the year Queen Elizabeth was crowned. Lovely brings the reader into the life of a teenager in the 1950s, where girls had strict mores to follow but still had fun, and includes her two working years in London.

Lovely’s book concludes with her marriage to a minister and their first three years of living in the far-flung Shetland Islands. She shares how she rebelled against the island expectations of “yon minister’s wife,” as well as the unusual accounts of village life, often with hilarious results. At the library, she will share some of the highlights of the book, as well as a few other stories of wartime England not included. Questions, of course, will be welcomed.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or