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"America's Child is not only a chronicle of the sixties, it's a book of interior and exterior voyages, a book of transformations, a courageous, honest and illuminating book."-Claribel Alegra
America's Child is the story of the journey of a child of first-generation immigrant parents from a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia to the mythic avenues of 1940s Hollywood, through the transformative years of Berkeley, to the avant-garde art world of New York, to a Cuban movie theater filled with Vietnamese students and the turbulence of the sixties.
Susan Sherman's journey, during a period in which the world was in ferment and large sections of the population were engaged in active self-examination and agitating for social change, is one of discovery and introspection.
From the cultural renaissance of the late 1950s, through the sexual revolution, to political activism that starts with world issues and ends with struggles around sexism and homophobia, America's Child is simultaneously cultural history, social discourse, and a deeply personal narrative.
Poet, playwright, and founding editor of Ikon magazine, Susan Sherman has published three collections of poetry, a translation, and The Color of the Heart (Curbstone Press). America's Child was completed thanks to the help of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction Literature, a Puffin Foundation grant, and a residency at Blue Mountain Center.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.7" Width: 11.7" Height: 1.6" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Curbstone Press
ISBN 1931896356 ISBN13 9781931896351
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More About Susan Sherman
Susan Sherman currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Susan Sherman was born in 1939.
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Important Sixties Memoir Jan 30, 2008
Susan Sherman gives us a unique, beautifully written, deeply introspective and analytical memoir of the Sixties. She evokes what it was like for a lesbian with Left politics and a radical Leftist who loved women to navigate the often painful territory bridging both nations of the heart. She demonstrates how closely culture and politics were woven then--and are today. From Berkeley to New York and then to revolutionary Cuba and back, Sherman's narrative does what many memoirs aren't able to achieve: she remembers how it looked, smelled, felt, was--while at the same time employing some retrospective analysis. This is a beautiful book, and a must read for anyone interested in what our lives were like back then.
memoir recalls a woman's voyage through 1960s America Dec 6, 2007
Sherman was not a child of the Sixties, but a voyager through them. A daughter of first-generation, working-class immigrants in Philadelphia, she did not have the sense of entitlements, keen political sense (which has since dulled considerably from what it was among the Sixties generation), and spirit of wild and sometimes reckless rebelliousness and abandon which characterized the mostly college-student members of the Sixties. She does not see the Sixties as a defining moment, but rather as part of "a historical continuum of struggle and cultural regeneration" of which the civil-rights advances of the previous decade of the Fifties, the labor movement of the mid 1900s, and the first meeting of the NAACP in 1909 were a part. "The Sixties was not an isolated era." Yet Sherman's interests, talents, and ambitions drew her to individuals, locations, and situations which typified the counterculture for which the 1960s are remembered.
At Berkeley, she met and was heavily influenced by Diane Wakowski and La Monte Young, a musician the noted poet and writer was living with. Wakowski gave inspiration and focus to Sherman's artistic bent. And it was as a student at Berkeley that the author first experimented with drugs, realized her lesbianism, and out of literary curiosity and proximity as much as sympathies began to pay attention to progressive politics; which political stripe at the time led to demonstrations and confrontations, and in some cases radicalism. After Berkeley, Sherman wrote plays which were performed and also poems and essays. Lesbianism became natural to her. She lived in New York and traveled to Mexico City and Cuba. She writes about her friendships, experiences, and observations in loosely-connected segments and chapters. She's not analytic, though sometimes explanatory. Nor is she deeply introspective, though she regularly looks inward to examine momentary feelings or responses. The thread running through the material covering 1958 to 1971 is Sherman's interests and career as a writer. These are the main sources of her friendships, etc. Her revisit of the Sixties in the relaxed style of mostly fond, uncritical, though not blinkered recall will revive similar times for ones of the Sixties generation and for those who are not, give a picture of what the lives of many were like apart from the oft-replayed media imagery.