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May Book: Last Days of the Coastal Empire by Larry Peterson

To get the book, click here!


On Larry Peterson: Larry Peterson is a veteran journalist with four decades of experience as a political reporter, columnist, supervising editor and freelance writer. He and his wife, former Los Angeles Times reporter Lanie Lippincott Peterson, have owned a home on Tybee Island, Ga., since 1993 and now live there with their two cats and a golden retriever. Their daughter, Lindsay, attends Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.

Veteran political reporter Mike Taylor’s been there, done that. Rigged polls, slimy advertising, laundered campaign cash – he’s covered them all. He likes to take names and kick ass. He’s won awards, but among his favorite trophies are the scalps of crooked or just plain dumb politicians.

Starting a new job at the Clarion in Savannah, Georgia, Taylor returns to the town’s Mayberry-by-the-Sea neighbor, Tybee Island, where he spent an enchanted summer as a youth. At the newspaper, he encounters out-of-touch senior editors trying to use draconian budget cuts and trendy journalism fads to weather a financial crisis. But nothing seems to work.

Meanwhile, Taylor revels in the historic marvels of Savannah, with its quaint squares, classic fountains, and canopies of oaks that droop moss and cast dappled shadows against aging columns and towers. He hopes to keep his head down and just do his job. But his job always seems to draw him into the eye of a storm. And, despite its scenic charm, Savannah is no exception.
http://amzn.to/1lbEjXG *I'm going to reach out to the author, so keep that in mind when purchasing (If you want a signed copy you may want to get one in print!).

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  • Frank L.

    It is a little enrichingly awkward to have an author present. Enriching as one learns more about their process and thinking. Awkward as it stifles full discussion. Last night worked well with Peterson present for some, but not all of the meeting. I enjoyed it!

    2 · May 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is probably the main reason I didn't go. I am new and didn't know the discussion process with this book, but I really tried to get into it, and could not. I even tried too quick read it to at least know the story, and would put it back down. I just couldn't get to anything to hold my interest. I was waiting for the crazy lady who actually was interesting at the first to show up, people like that do not just stay quiet lol. Anyway didn't know how to come and say "hey your book was blah", and I didn't finish it, but imagine the end was pretty predictable.

      May 31, 2014

  • Victoria Steele L.

    While the book was mediocre, I enjoyed being able to actually discuss it. Most book clubs I've attended are an excuse for a social event.

    1 · May 31, 2014

  • Linda A.

    It was great meeting all of you tonight! I look forward to more book discussions.

    2 · May 30, 2014

  • Sarah L.

    Potholes

    3 · May 30, 2014

  • Tommy T.

    Hi Elle....I can't make it tonight, I was looking forward to meeting Larry Peterson, I enjoyed his book very much....! Especially his insights into the changing face of the newspper world.
    However, one of the realities of living on Tybee is the unexpected visits from friends and relatives which happened this afternoon.

    May 30, 2014

    • Elle

      I'm sad that you'll miss out! Enjoy your visitors (or being them along! )

      May 30, 2014

  • Elle

    In case you didn't get the email, Larry Peterson IS joining us for the discussion!

    May 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got it! will get it read….

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Linda A.

    Is there a location, yet?

    May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are boating around the coast and this will be a great way to learn more about the history of Savannah. Hope to meet everyone soon.

    1 · May 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I read too much to buy books. I read about 2 books a month during the school year and 2 books a week during the summer. If you

      May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Something happened before I finished my last post, if you enjoyed the book Gone Girl then you have to read "You Should Have Known"

      May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I placed the book on hold at the library.

    1 · May 11, 2014

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