Foat had been a successful businesswoman, Democratic party activist, the first paid president of California NOW (and a serious contender for national NOW president), and was planning to go to law school when she was picked up on murder charges, for the second time, in Janury 1983. Her alcoholic ex-husband, already in jail for killing a man, had once dredged up a story implicating herone so pathetic that it took a jury less than two hours to clear her when they finally got to hear it. Her tale of the events leading up to the trial, beginning with her Italian-Catholic childhood, through her years as a battered wife, her success in NOW, and the in-fighting in that organization that cost her needless months in jail, makes compelling reading. Readers might wish for more self-awareness on Foat's part, but her story vividly shows how our society can still punish those who deviate from accepted roles. Highly recommended. Beverly Miller, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.