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Superficially seen, Mary Williams has led a life of polarities. Raised in poverty by a fierce single mother of five, she grew up in Oakland, surrounded by Black Panther militants and prostitutes, one of whom was her big sister. When she was thirteen, she received a free pass, an invitation to a children's camp where she met and befriended Jane Fonda. Taken under the wing and then adopted by this mega-celebrity, Mary found herself grappling with the transition even as she was healing from the wounds of her former life. In this powerful memoir and affectionate portrait of her mother, Williams writes about returning to the Oakland she left so many years before and what that return taught her about herself.