NonFiction Book Club Expecting to Fly by Martha Tod Dudman Buy book: $15.42
Showcasing the "blunt, honest writing that is memoir at its best" ("The New York Times Book Review"), Martha Tod Dudman follows her parenting classic "Augusta, Gone" with a look back on her own adolescence during the volatile Vietnam era.
I think this one is goint to be very interesting. I went to college from '67-'71 - the hieght of the Viet Nam era. I remember protests and tent cities on campus. But my friends and I were too busy getting our educations to get involved in that protest and drug culture. When I see movies about the '60s I don't see my past. I see something that "happened to someone else." Anyone else have this reaction?
I really understand what you are saying Marsha. Movies and tv of the last couple of decades make it sound like everyone our age was a hippy, doing drugs and dodging the draft. I wasn't and don't know hardly anyone who was. I guess we are the "silent majority" Sometimes I regret being so "straight-laced", but always have played it safe. Now the most exciting thing I do is go out with the Red Hat Ladies!
Yes, I feel the same. I was waiting for other reactions as my life in the sixtties in New York-it was a great time, but not related to Woodstock or that type of lifestyle. Maybe one reason was that I was already in my 20's. As a teenager I had seen drugs hit real hard and wanted no part of it. I lated married a Vietnam combat vet, so I am much more educated on that subject. I have gone to college at an advanced age, and have done a paper on the horrors perpetrated on the Americans and the Vietnamese. My husband was very happy I had chosen the subject. Yes, I got an A+.
well, I am a few yrs younger than the author but all of this so far rings very true even if I only experienced the late 60s as pre teen. My older brothers and sisters could have written this ( were at Woodstock, etc). I am also very intrigued since I went to a girls' school in Washington and "hung out in Georgetown" too. Probably will get this book and her other one too. Would probably have never found this book if not for here.....THANK YOU!
I didn't think there was another one who lived in the '60s but can't identify with the '60s. Sometimes, I don't even know who they are talking about or what they are talking about when they mention songs, groups, etc. from the '60s. I was tuned in, turned on, but I dropped out - but in a way that didn't include lots of lifestyle choices that were "in" at the time.
I am still watching my beloved sisters and friends pick up the pieces of their lives because of their choices to delve into the '60s full speed.
The culture didn't make sense to me then and it still doesn't. Reading this book causes me to do what I did 40 years ago, step back, try to shake cobwebs out of my head, and wonder why none of this appeals to me . . . and again ask questions of myself like . . . why don't I see the fun in being stoned? Why does this music give me a headache? Why are folks so angry? Does preaching peace while you're angry accomplish your goal?
I think I'm naturally stoned - I find bliss and joy in life. I feel and live all the peace and tranquility it seemed others were seeking. Blessings to them, but I didn't participate then, and I doubt that I'll participate in this book much beyond reading the easily provided chapter a day. Not that I think the book is poorly written, nor do I think the author isn't providing a valuable walk down memory lane for others, but as for me . . . well, I'm content to remember and be grateful that I lived how I lived in the '60s.
well, a lot of it did happen to someone else, It was my brother who went to Nam and my best friends brother who did not return, it was the kids who had the money and no rules who went to woodstock and it was joan Baez and Bob Dylan, Melanie and Joni Mitchell and the Beatles who were singing for a better world, we were just singing along..still we were there and every movie or book aimed at this era shoots me back into that time when I was a very shy child embroidering my blue jeans and writing poetry about unrequited love and the richness of solitude. It was a time of growing up with a vision and there was no MTV to gather round like the virtual campfire...we had plenty to talk about and we did..wonderful connversations lit by candlelight and connected spirits way into the morning light. I miss that passion , that deep caring for one another.
I went to a Joni Mitchell concert in the early 80's and she said "I remember when I wanted to change the world, after many years of trying and realizing I couldn't do it, I decided to make some money..
I originally join the fiction book club ,but lately I have been thourougly enjoying the none-fiction selections. This is another example of a book that I may not have picked on my own. The honesty of the author's narrative helps to put one back in that time and those places. Although I am somewhat younger( I went to college during the seventies).We still were in that era and experience many of the things depicted in this memoir. I sometimes wonder how we made it through a lot of it-I look forward to the remainding installments.
I wasn't sure how I would react to this book, but decided to read it with an open mind and so far am enjoying it. I was born in the early 70s to parents who were in their teens, so I experienced "the 60s" from a different vantage point. Interestingly, I have also been in a long term relationship with a man my parents' age who is still very influenced by the culture and politics of that era. We've had numerous disagreements over the years about the meaning and legacy of that time in our country's history. I have definitely seen much of the dark side of the 60s - drugs, broken relationships and disillusionment. Because of this, I think my understanding of that time may be a bit skewed. But I do have a feeling that the turmoil and changes that happened then were somewhat inevitable and were in the making during previous decades. I will probably read this book in the hope that it will give me a better understanding of my parents and my friend, and of a crucial point in our history.
OK, I'm hooked. I ordered this book in addition to this week's fiction book which is EXCELLENT BTW. Well, the way I look at it is there could be worse vices/addictions than books, lol. I guess going to a girl's HS in DC (Madeira was a rival of ours) during the mid 70s (with the aftershock of the 60s in full force still)I just had to see what happens and then I can count my blessings that I was spared some of this stuff. I also ordered her other book Augusta,Gone, about her own daughter. Thanks for a book I probably wouldn't have run across but when am I going to have time to read all my new books???? :)