Local Voices: Rita M. Gardner and Coconut Latitudes

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Rita M. Gardner reads from her memior Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms and Survival in the Caribbean

The Coconut Latitudes is a memoir about a childhood in paradise, a journey into unexpected misery and a twisted path to redemption and truth. It begins with the story of an American family attempting a new life on a Caribbean island after World War II. Leaving a successful career in the U.S., a father makes a fateful decision to move his family to an isolated beach in the Dominican Republic. He plants ten thousand coconut seedlings, transplants his wife and two young daughters and declares they are the luckiest people alive. 

This program is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women


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