Bookish Sort Book Club News

The Bookish Sort Book Club met Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 5:30 PM in the meeting room of the Hawthorne Branch Library.  Ginger led 16 of us in a discussion of The Bite of History by our own Caroline Anaya. Ginger started the discussion by pointing out that the book was really two books (or more). One book was the personal story of an interesting life, and the other book was about nutrition in today’s world. Various members of the group found the book triggered memories of similar, sometimes painful, events in their own lives. Some found the book a page turner and others found it hard to read due to the tragic and graphic content. We all found it inspiring and brave. Thanks Caroline for sharing your life with us. Flo Turcotte of UF will be our guest discussion leader for Barracoon.

Future selections are as follows:

Feb 7         Barracoon                                                     Zora Neal Hurston            Flo Turcotte 

Mar 7        Group Read  of Why I live at the POl           Eudora Welty                  

Apr 4         American Philosophy: A Love Story             John Kaag                      Jo Ann

May 2        Princess Ruth: Love & Tragedy in Hawaii    Jo Ann Lordahl               ??

The ** indicates that these two selections might need to be interchanged depending on the availability of the book and Flo Turcotte’s schedule. We need volunteers to lead the discussion of the December and February selections. 

Jo Ann Lordahl’s book, Princess Ruth, is available on Amazon, used on Abe Books, and from the author at our next meeting at cost (See Jo Ann at the next meeting).

 Ginger suggested that we read a story aloud at a meeting We will be reading Why I Live at the PO by Eudora Welty. 

 Please put us on your calendar for the upcoming months.

Local activities that might be of interest:

Event at the Hawthorne History Museum.

“Florida’s Female Pioneers” Talk by Dr. Peggy Macdonald                                

Saturday, January 19 • 2pm

 “Florida’s Female Pioneers” examines some of the women who have shaped the Sunshine State. Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a female doctor during the Civil War, visited Florida during the war and ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida during Reconstruction. She wrote lyrical descriptions of the St. Johns River and documented the aftermath of the Civil War in Florida. Harriet Beecher Stowe is credited with kick-starting Florida’s tourism industry with her 1873 book, “Palmetto Leaves.” Florida First Lady May Mann Jennings, married to Florida Governor William Sherman Jennings, was a suffragist and conservationist who was known as the “Mother of Florida Forestry” and helped establish Royal Palm State Park, which later became the nucleus of Everglades National Park. This talk focuses on these Florida pioneers and other, lesser known female firsts.  



Peggy Macdonald is a native Floridian and the executive director of the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville. Dr. Macdonald teaches history at Stetson University and Indian River State College. Her recent book, "Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment," won Honorable Mention in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 Book of the Year Award contest in Women’s Studies. She writes articles on local history for Gainesville Magazine, Our Town Magazine and Senior Times Magazine. She serves on the Alachua County Historical Commission. Macdonald is an alumna of the University of Florida (PhD in history, 2010) and Hollins University, a women’s college in Roanoke, Virginia.  



Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.