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PFLAG Mount Pleasant Book Club

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Name: PFLAG Mount Pleasant Book Club
Date: August 3, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM CDT
Event Description:
The August meeting will be hybrid, with an in-person portion at Traction Steam, 120 S. Main, Suite 103. The new meeting space is great. If you cannot attend in person, request the ZOOM link from The August selection is "Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land". ( complete with Iowa and Mount Pleasant connections. "Brorby has written not only a truly great memoir, but also a frighteningly relevant one that speaks to the many battles we still have left to fight." ?Jung Yun, New York Times Book Review From a young, gay environmentalist, a searing coming-of-age memoir set against the arid landscape of rural North Dakota, where homosexuality “seems akin to a ticking bomb.” “I am a child of the American West, a landscape so rich and wide that my culture trembles with terror before its power.” So begins Taylor Brorby’s Boys and Oil, a haunting, bracingly honest memoir about growing up gay amidst the harshness of rural North Dakota, “a place where there is no safety in a ravaged landscape of mining and fracking.” In visceral prose, Brorby recounts his upbringing in the coalfields; his adolescent infatuation with books; and how he felt intrinsically different from other boys. Now an environmentalist, Brorby uses the destruction of large swathes of the West as a metaphor for the terror he experienced as a youth. From an assault outside a bar in an oil boom town to a furtive romance, and from his awakening as an activist to his arrest at the Dakota Access Pipeline, Boys and Oil provides a startling portrait of an America that persists despite well-intentioned legal protections.
Hybrid -- Traction Steam Office at 120 S Main, Suite 103 or via ZOOM
Date/Time Information:
August 3, 2022 at 5:30PM
Contact Information:
Bob Mueller 100 N Main, Apt 202 Mount Pleasant, IA 52641 Cell: 319-201-0302
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