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Narrative Nonfiction Book Club

May 15 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

MAY’S BOOK SELECTION: “The Country Under My Skin” by Gioconda Belli

Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and motherhood. But in 1970, everything changed. Her growing dissatisfaction with domestic life, and a blossoming awareness of the social inequities in Nicaragua, led her to join the Sandinistas, then a burgeoning but still hidden organization. She would be involved with them over the next twenty years at the highest, and often most dangerous, levels.

Her memoir is both a revelatory insider’s account of the Revolution and a vivid, intensely felt story about coming of age under extraordinary circumstances. Belli writes with both striking lyricism and candor about her personal and political lives: about her family, her children, the men in her life; about her poetry; about the dichotomies between her birth-right and the life she chose for herself; about the failures and triumphs of the Revolution; about her current life, divided between California (with her American husband and their children) and Nicaragua; and about her sustained and sustaining passion for her country and its people.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk for this independent book club.

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Date:
May 15
Time:
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Venue

Terryville Public Library
238 Main Street
Terryville, CT 06786 United States
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8605823121