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History Center Book Group: Sunshine State
November 16, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
In the collection’s title essay, Gerard volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a world renowned bird refuge. There she meets its founder, who once modeled with a pelican on his arm for a Dewar’s Scotch campaign but has since declined into a pit of fraud and madness. He becomes our embezzling protagonist whose tales about the birds he “rescues” never quite add up. Gerard’s personal stories are no less eerie or poignant: An essay that begins as a look at Gerard’s first relationship becomes a heart-wrenching exploration of acquaintance rape and consent. An account of intimate female friendship pivots midway through, morphing into a meditation on jealousy and class.
Sunshine State offers a unique look at a state whose economically and environmentally imperiled culture serves as a lens through which we can examine some of the most timely, pertinent issues haunting our nation today.
Discussion led by book group member Nancy Cole. Come early and enjoy a cup of coffee with the group. Book Group members receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store.