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Book Signing with Cynthia Babers Stafford

Gal’s Guide is pleased to welcome Cynthia Babers Stafford for a book signing of Three Trillion Drops of Water.


May 28, 2022

11am – 2pm

Gal’s Guide Library

107 S. 8th Street


Second Floor of the Nickel Plate Arts Campus

A small percentage will go to Gal’s Guide Library & Nickel Plate Arts.

About the book

Ellie is raised to assume she would marry, have children, make a family, and be satisfied with that life. Things change in 1966 when she enters college the same year her older brother, Hank, the stabilizing force throughout her life, leaves for the battlefields of Vietnam. Bombarded by the anti-establishment and anti-war ethos, a confused Ellie seeks independence and direction in a world she doesn’t understand. Her brother is the only person who can help her navigate her circumstances, but he’s on the other side of the world fighting for his life.

About the Author

Dr. Cynthia Babers Stafford is a special educator, behavior analyst, and writer of articles published in professional journals. After dedicating over twenty years to children’s education, she wrote “Three Trillion Drops of Water: Vietnam, a Hero, and Home”, her debut fiction novel, and a non-fiction book called “Through the Gate: Starting a Journey with Stage 4 Cancer”.

In late 2019 after being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, Cynthia put her novel’s last revision on hold and began writing “Through the Gate: Starting a Journey with Stage 4 Cancer”. Fortunately, continued targeted immunotherapy treatments yielded great results, and as the months went by, she was able to resume her creative activities.

After regaining strength and stamina, Cynthia completed “Three Trillion Drops of Water: Vietnam, a Hero, and Home”. The book, set in the 1960s, is the story of a family transformed by war and social upheaval. The novel is from Cynthia’s heart and is for other Gold Star families who are often overlooked as the collateral damage of war.

She wrote “Through the Gate” for patients who recently received a diagnosis and faced the reality of Stage 4 cancer. It also speaks to families and caregivers as well. From the beginning of her Stage 4 journey, Cynthia felt compelled to share her experience and offer hope and inspiration to others navigating the path she travels daily. Cynthia would love to hear from anyone on the same journey because cancer creates a common bond not constrained by belief systems or life circumstances.

Cynthia enjoys practicing Tai Chi, walking, and helping others any way she can. She lives in Westfield, Indiana, with her husband, Steve, and their two dogs, Prince Caspian (the big dog) and Lucy (the little one). Guess which one rules the roost!

Contact Cynthia at, visit her website at

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