P&P Live! Gigi Georges — DOWNEAST: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America - with Sophia DeSchiffart and Hillary Clinton

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm

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Nestled in Maine’s far northeast corner, Washington County sits an hour’s drive from the heart of famed and bustling Acadia National Park. Yet it’s a world away. For Willow, Vivian, Mckenna, Audrey, and Josie—five teenage girls caught between tradition and transformation in this remote region—it is home. Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America follows their journeys of heartbreak and hope in uncertain times, creating a nuanced and unique portrait of rural America with women at its center.

All five girls know the pain and joy of life in a region whose rugged beauty and stoicism mask dwindling populations, vanishing job opportunities, and pervasive opioid addiction. As the girls reach adulthood, they discover that despite significant challenges, there is much to celebrate in “the valley of the overlooked.” Their stories remind us of the value of timeless ideals: strength of family and community, reverence for nature’s rule, dignity in cracked hands and muddied shoes, and the enduring power of home.

Gigi Georges, Ph.D., has had an extensive career in politics, public service, and academia. A former White House special assistant to President Bill Clinton, State Director for Senator Hillary Clinton, and communications director for the New York City Department of Education under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, she has taught political science at Boston College and served as a program director at the Harvard Kennedy School. She spent the past five years reporting and writing the story of Downeast.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and US Senator. She is the author of seven previous books, all published by Simon & Schuster.

Special guest Sophia DeSchiffart (Downeast's Josie Dekker) will also speak to her perspective on the book and growing up in Washington County.


P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
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ISBN: 9780062984456
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Published: Harper - May 25th, 2021

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