The true story of three women who grew up during the 1960s, written by someone who was there—Sara Davidson. When she entered the University of California at Berkeley, she wanted to have fun, pledge a good sorority and eventually get married. Her new sorority sisters, Tasha and Susie, had similar goals. None of them knew they were entering college just as a tide of social change was building in America, a tide that would crest first at Berkeley ...
The true story of three women who grew up during the 1960s, written by someone who was there—Sara Davidson. When she entered the University of California at Berkeley, she wanted to have fun, pledge a good sorority and eventually get married. Her new sorority sisters, Tasha and Susie, had similar goals. None of them knew they were entering college just as a tide of social change was building in America, a tide that would crest first at Berkeley and change these women and the world they knew, forever.
Susie married a star of the radical student movement, whom she idolized until she realized that she wanted to be the one speaking at the microphone, a realization that led her into “women’s liberation.” Tasha, a “golden girl” with stunning looks, became swept up in the world of art and beautiful people. Sara was a reporter, a seeker of truth who traveled the country covering major events: sit-ins and be-ins, hippies, rock stars and groupies, communes, Woodstock and Altamont, draftcard burning, bra burning and the sexual revolution.
Readers will re-experience the Sixties as it was, recorded right then, not as it’s been reevaluated or romanticized. And for those who didn’t live through the period, they’ll experience what it was like, uncensored and unvarnished. As Malcolm Cowley wrote of the book: “Sara Davidson is the liveliest historian of her generation.”
What I like most about Davidson's book is that it examines individuals in the midst of social change instead of subjecting us to another dreary 'wide-ranging' analysis of social movements in which the individuals are viewed as ants.
A talented journalist whose reporting has the resonance of a good novel. The book is witty, sad, incisive, and totally clean of sociological cant... Davidson handles material honestly and fairly, never stacking the deck.
Sara Davidson is an expert witness. . . . More than 10 years after leaving Berkeley, she has followed up on some of her friends, and presents an absorbing and carefully detailed account of their lives up until now, especially her own life and that of two others, Tasha and Susie. Every bit of it fascinating.
Not many writers can cover the ground Sara Davidson does... with anything like her grace, energy and humor.
Sara Davidson is the liveliest historian of her generation.
Sara Davidson is the N.Y. Times bestselling author of Leap! What Will We Do with the Rest of our Lives? and Loose Change, the definitive book about the boomer generation coming of age. As a journalist, novelist, TV writer and radio host, she’s earned a reputation for writing cutting edge pieces about the way we live. She was one of the group who developed the craft of literary journalism, combining the techniques of fiction with rigorous reporting to bring real events and people to life. The author of six books, she’s also written hundreds of magazine articles for the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Esquire, Harper’s, the Huffington Post and Rolling Stone, as well as for her own blog at saradavidson.com She’s created award-winning dramas for television and was co-executive producer of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. She can be reached at www.saradavidson.com