Pumping Sunshine, a memoir, provides a portrait of rural life in old Florida when kids ran barefoot, saved their pennies to buy bubblegum, and could hardly wait for warm cracklins on hog-killing day. Stories are told through the eyes of an eleven-year old who struggles to understand her own difficult issues in a perplexing world. The family's cracker house near the Suwanne River had no indoor plumbing, the three-room school she attended was segregated, and rural children of any color were barred from elementary schools in town.
Susie Baxter serves as Creative Nonfiction Editor of Bacopa Literary Review, the annual journal of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville and teaches memoir writing through the Enrich Program of Santa Fe College. She is the author of C.G. and Ethel: A Family History and Write Your Memoir: One Story at a Time.
Ms. Baxter will speak in Meeting Room A at Headquarters Library on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 pm.