MONTELINDO GARDEN CLUB BOOK GROUP Next discussion January 7, 1:30-3:30 pm
"Why Peacocks?: An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World's Most Magnificent Bird" by Sean Flynn
Books are available at Orinda Books MGC members receive a 10% discount on book discussion titles. All are welcome, no need to RSVP. Zoom invitations are sent to all members in advance.
An acclaimed journalist seeks to understand the mysterious allure of peacocks—and in the process discovers unexpected and valuable life lessons.
In Why Peacocks?, Flynn chronicles his hilarious and heartwarming first year as a peacock owner. 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, with stops including a Scottish castle where peacocks have resided for centuries, a southern California community tormented by a serial killer of peacocks, and a Kansas City airport hotel hosting an annual gathering of true peafowl aficionados.
At turns comically absurd and deeply poignant, Why Peacocks? blends lively, insightful memoir and illuminating science journalism to answer the title’s question. More than that, it offers surprising lessons about love, grief, fatherhood, and family. Sandi says that the book is informative and funny.