Local Lives in a Global Pandemic:

Stories from North Central Florida

by Editor Pat Caren, Editor Charles Cobb, Editor Ronnie Lovler, Editor Mallory M. O'Connor, Foreword by Mayor Lauren Poe & Foreword by Dixie Neilson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/14/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781665712910
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781665712927

About the Book

Local Lives in a Global Pandemic: Stories from North Central Florida covers the COVID-19 pandemic at its peak in 2020.

It is a snapshot designed to give readers insights into the thoughts and feelings of their neighbors, and for future generations, a window into the real-time experiences of those who lived through the ordeal.

The book includes a preface from Lauren Poe, mayor of Gainesville, and entries from a long list of contributors. The essays were collected by the Matheson History Museum and the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

Contributions come from writers and non-writers alike. Victims describe their suffering. Medical personnel highlight their struggles. Young people decry being denied rites of passage such as prom and graduation. Teachers, parents, grandparents, public figures, and even a prison inmate give their perspective.

While the stories are drawn from north central Florida, they will resonate with anyone who wants to get a deeper sense of how the world was blindsided by the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Author

Pat Caren is a retired teacher and social worker who studied Literature at Eckerd College and did graduate work at the University of Florida. She has been a member of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville since 2013 including a term as President from 2019 to 2020.

Charles Cobb serves on the Board of the Matheson Museum. He is a curator and archaeologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Ronnie Lovler is a freelance writer and editor and a contributing writer for the Gainesville Sun. She serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. She is a former correspondent for CNN in Latin America was also a Knight International Journalism Fellow in Colombia

Mallory M. O’Connor, holds degrees in art, art history, and American history from Ohio University. She taught art history at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College for over twenty years. She is the author of two non-fiction books and six novels.