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Author Presents Story of Adventure Aug. 10

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Holly Fitzgerald

GREENSBORO – Holly Fitzgerald will read from her book, “Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios,” and talk about her experience at the Greensboro Free Library on Thursday, August 10, at 5 p.m.

Fitzgerald and her husband wanted an adventure for their honeymoon in the early 1970s, and decided to explore the Amazon’s Madre de Dios River by raft. Their river trip was first delayed by a plane’s crash landing at a jungle prison, but Fitzgerald and her husband managed to build a log raft and steered it down river hundreds of miles through Peru and Bolivia before becoming trapped, alone, in the flooded Amazon Basin with no access to dry land or food. Nearly 40 years later and following a fruitful career as a family therapist, Fitzgerald reopened her diary to write about her experience, and recently published the book “Ruthless River: Love & Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios.” Outside Magazine named it one of the best survival stories this summer. The Galaxy Bookshop will have copies of the book available for purchase. Fitzgerald’s book is also the August selection for the library’s book club, which will hold its book discussion at 5 p.m., Thursday, August 31. Both events are free and open to everyone. For more information, contact the library at (802) 533-2531 or greensborofree@gmail.com.