The New Naples Book Club was created for young professionals ages 21-45 in Southwest Florida who love books and getting together with friends to share thoughts, ideas—and perhaps a glass of rosé. We meet once a month after work at different restaurants and spots around town. Want to join us at our next get-together? Just email email@example.com to RSVP.
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-7 p.m.
WHERE: Details will be emailed when you RSVP.
BOOK SELECTION: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
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In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There, Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves—and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.
Now 89 years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life—and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. “At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time,” she muses. “After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.” Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.