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What It's Like to Live Now
     

What It's Like to Live Now

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by Meredith Maran
 

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In 1968 Meredith Maran was expelled from her prestigious New York high school for leading anti-war protests. Nearly thirty years later, with an ex-husband, two teenage sons, a female lover, and a mortgaged dream house on the edge of the Oakland ghetto, she's still trying to change the world ... but this time it's personal.

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In 1968 Meredith Maran was expelled from her prestigious New York high school for leading anti-war protests. Nearly thirty years later, with an ex-husband, two teenage sons, a female lover, and a mortgaged dream house on the edge of the Oakland ghetto, she's still trying to change the world ... but this time it's personal.

In What It's Like To Live Now, Meredith Maran explores the gap between the dreams of the '60s and the realities of the '90s, in a book filled with uncommon insight—and her own wickedly subversive sense of humor. Reading What It's Like To Live Now is like having dinner with your funniest, most unshockable woman friend. You won't want it to end.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mixing self-scrutiny with broader reflections on contemporary life, Maran's politically engaged reflections examine daily events and personal relationships. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Aging baby boomer and social activist Maran chronicles her life for us in this intensely personal narrative. After growing up in New York City in the 1960s, she moved to California, married, had two sons, divorced, then settled in Oakland. Later, she and her sons moved into the house they currently share with her lover, Ann. Maran recounts her feelings on such diverse topics as Buddhism, breast cancer, the modern workplace, violence in her neighborhood, and psychotherapy. Most of all, she attempts to reconcile her activist ideals of the 1960s and 1970s with her life today and shows us clearly how her life has been and is still shaped by them. Highly recommended for all collections.-Gwen Gregory, New Mexico State Univ. Lib., Las Cruces

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553374933
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.95(d)

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What It's Like to Live Now 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For women in my generation (25) Maran is an idol. We are supposed to know what the feminist-/60/70-movement was/is all about but we don't. Not all of us anyways. Not because we're ignorant, but not all of us have had mothers, friends of our mothers that have told us stories. The stories in Maran's book have given me some insight in what it was all about. Easy to read and blended with her real life it touch the woman in me as well as the human-being in me. It comforted me to read the book cause it clearly states that life is a struggel, but it's our reaction to it all that makes it either that or an incredebly interesting journey.