Should the wild escapades of your twenties… and beyond… silently recede into decades past? Or would you have the guts to bare it all, with the enthusiasm of a peace-loving, truth-seeking middle-aged hippie?
Beverley Golden presents a love-offering of profound lessons from heart-wrenching,humorous encounters in standing up to “Gods” of conventional medicine while staring death in the eye, raising a child TV star, and pursuing a career in the entertainment industry at all costs… always choosing a life colored by love, laughter and hope as the only possible outcome. Blazing trails though the ‘60s and ‘70s, right up to today, this candid, conversational memoir affirms the power of intuition and teaches us to never underestimate the role of questioning everything on the path of a true hippie seeker.
Be forewarned… this book may not be for you:
- If you’ve never faced insurmountable health challenges determined to find another way
- If you never dated (or married) someone despite obvious omens courtesy of your family, God and/or Mother Nature
- If you’ve never wanted to be on Oprah or dreamed of writing a book in eight days
- If you once had the chance to divulge your dreams to a rock star about your past-life connection, but failed to take it
- If you aren’t intrigued by horoscopes, Hair or Daryl Hall and John Oates
- If you think everything you did in Vegas should definitely stay in Vegas
Beverley’s unconventional memoir will inspire you to live life on your own terms. This book proves it: you are not alone in the universe…and we’re all hippies at heart.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet Beverley Golden before reading her book “Confessions of a Middle-Aged Hippie”, because I was able to actually hear her voice in my minds eye throughout the story. Of course I had my own vision of Erings, the interviewer, but having been able to have heard Beverley laugh, to have seen her face, to have had the pleasure of sharing in her joys, helped bring this book to life for me. Beverley is a person of experience. She tells tales that we can understand, indeed relate, in each page. Clearly stronger than she thinks she is, each different antidote is more real than the one before. Her stories stand out, each on its own merit, and then together create a life-time experience for her, and for each of us, that is not necessarily “middle-aged”. Could someone years younger have experienced similar tidings? Perhaps, but not put so eloquently on paper. Could someone years younger relate? Of course! Our lives are parallel even if we don’t see them, perhaps cosmetically as Beverley states, but certainly with our families and our friends. She is fortunate to have an elderly mother who is still vibrate and youthful, as do I. But I must admit I could not read about her father because my dad, at age 92, is in rehab for a hip replacement and I’m too emotional to read about dads at this time (sorry, but that, too, is part of life). “Confessions of a Middle-Aged Hippie” is a story of strength and perseverance. You will leave this book with a new appreciation for self-help, for self-consideration, for self-reliance. You will realize the value of research, especially learning things that are way out of your comfort zone. You will gain vital information about yourself and the value of your own life, just as Beverley never gave up on her own. Through her confidence you will grow more confident in your own conscience, in your own decisions, in your trust in family. “Confessions of a Middle-Aged Hippie” is an enjoyable life experience written in a most unusual way. There is something for everyone, from travels to parties to good times and the not-so-good. You will find yourself laughing with Beverley and crying with Beverley, too. You will also find yourself growing with her, and wishing you could meet her and hear her voice as she tells you her story.
"Beverley Golden takes the reader through a fun and nostalgic romp through one of the most influential and creative periods in our history. She recounts her experiences being a free-thinker, musician, mother and self-professed hippie with an effervescence that showcases her dynamic personality and engages the reader with insider tidbits about famous people, places and events. I love the fact that she tells her memoir by being interviewed by an Oprah-like media queen -- fulfilling every writer's dream. On behalf of all of aspiring writers, thanks, Beverley, for having the chutzpah to do it! All in all, Confessions of A Middle-Aged Hippie is a great book -- it's excellent for a beach read or bedside companion. It's fun to wake up and wonder, "Where's Beverley taking us today?"
Beverley is a born storyteller with a trademark blend of boundless creativity and unending curiosity. In "Confessions of a Middle-Aged Hippie" she shares the intimate details of her wild ride through the 60's and beyond, as she invites the reader to see life through her unique worldview. With striking vulnerability, she shares things others don't often talk about, offering the reader the opportunity to look at these areas of their own lives: money, sex, food, motherhood, spirituality, relationships, and health to name a few. Filled with humor and insight, spiced up with spiritual wisdom, "Confessions of a Middle-Aged Hippie" is a must read for seekers of all ages!"
Before my serendipitous encounter with this book, I didn't know about Beverley Golden, but her title piqued my curiosity and now I follow her everywhere. (Online, that is!) As a '70s-born lover of storytelling, memoirs and meditation, I thought that anyone who could pen the subtitle "Observations of Life on Earth and Other Cosmic Meanderings" would be a wordsmith worth reading. Also never having seen a Q&A memoir, I found it refreshing to watch an author dare to finesse her way through such personal territory in a unique format, complete with fun (and sometimes shocking) photos. While this book could spark countless conversations, the first reflection that comes to mind is its timely resonance with Brene Brown and Oprah's course on "The Gifts of Imperfection," promoting "heart-work through artwork" and the power of vulnerability, which is all the rage these days. To me, this book stands out as an inspiring example of vulnerability and daring greatly to speak one's truth. At the same time, it laces the perfect amount of '60s, '70s and '80s nostalgia with intelligent food for thought about life's deeper questions. From the hospital where Beverley gave birth to her Gemini daughter, back to the unforgettable scene of her snowed-in wedding ceremony, forward to the clinic in Germany where she reconnected with her health, and back further in time to Vegas where (I won't say anymore), I laughed out loud on just about every page. I could genuinely relate to Beverley in so many ways and I think the multitudes will, too. P.S. I feel I finally understand my own girlhood fascination with Daryl Hall. It all makes so much sense!