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Shark Attack and Other Mishaps with Peller Marion – The Next Chapter

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September 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Library Meeting Room
1100 E Street
San Rafael
Reference Desk

The Next Chapter: Retirement
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Shark Attack and Other Mishaps, with Peller Marion

“I am going to die!” That was my first thought when the 18 foot, three thousand pound tiger shark attacked me in the waters of Maui. Being savaged and nearly killed by a shark was an adventure I never saw coming, and was one that forced me to discover reserves of strength and courage that I never knew I had.”

One out of ninety-eight million people are attacked by a shark. The author was one of them.

In early May of 2007, Peller Marion was savaged and nearly killed by an eighteen-foot, three-thousand-pound tiger shark in the waters off Kihei, Maui. After it occurred, this shark attack was a human-interest story that generated national and international attention and played out publicly on television and in newspapers. But her recovery, both physical and emotional, has been a very private process–one she chronicles in Shark Attack and Other Mishaps.

This is a story about how she survived, the ordeal she went through, and how it revealed other life changing events.

The opening narrative, from which the title is taken, establishes the central preoccupations: the difficulty of recognizing one’s mortality, the yearning to make sense out of the puzzle pieces of one’s life, and the poignancy and yearnings of a long-time marriage.

Peller’s past includes climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, racing motorcycles, and working as a Gestalt Art Therapist. She is the author of several books, including Crisis Proof Your Career, Career Tune Up,  and the novels Searching for the G Spot and Shopping Lessons.

Dr. Peller Marion is a corporate psychologist in San Francisco. She specializes in guiding executives through personal and professional transitions and corporate teams through difficult real-time leadership issues.

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