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Sean Flynn | Why Peacocks? (virtual)

In conversation with Cate Doty.

Flynn, a long-time GQ correspondent, chronicles his hilarious and heartwarming first year as a peacock owner. (When a neighbor asked if he'd like three he had to say yes!) He also examines the history of peacocks, from their appearance in the Garden of Eden to their befuddling Charles Darwin to their bewitching the likes of Flannery O’Connor and Martha Stewart. And fueled by a reporter’s curiosity, he travels across the globe to learn more about the birds firsthand.

“Sean Flynn's writing has an easy, genuine flow, like a friend telling a story over dinner, and in this charming book his story is about peacocks. He is entirely successful in answering the question in the title, but saying this is a book about peacocks seems inadequate. It ends up being about so much more.”—David Sibley, author of the New York Times bestsellers What It’s Like to Be a Bird and The Sibley Guide to Birds

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Why Peacocks?: An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World's Most Magnificent Bird Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982101077
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 11th, 2021

An acclaimed journalist seeks to understand the mysterious allure of peacocks—and in the process discovers unexpected and valuable life lessons.

When Sean Flynn’s neighbor in North Carolina texted “Any chance you guys want a peacock? No kidding!” he stared bewilderedly at his phone. He had never considered whether he wanted a peacock.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593190449
Availability: On our shelves
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 4th, 2021

A compulsively readable behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the weddings section of The New York Times--the good, bad, and just plain weird--through the eyes of a young reporter just as she's falling in love herself.