Split: A Counterculture Childhood

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
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In this "disarmingly amiable reminiscence" (The Atlantic Monthly) that "may be the best argument for the left since Marx" (The New Yorker), poet and writer Lisa Michaels blends memoir with social commentary to tell a remarkable tale of growing up as a child of political activists during the early seventies. Michaels's upbringing was marked by communes, rallies, and road trips; as a young girl she traveled across the country with her mother and stepfather in a customized mail truck, complete with a wood stove, while her father spent two years in jail for his part in an antiwar protest. Raised in a rural California town, Michaels craved conformity, but eventually she came to share many of her parents' long-held values. By a writer of uncommon perception, SPLIT offers "a rare glimpse of a life that embodies a time" (Vogue).
  

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User Review  - Ed - Goodreads

This was supposed to be about communes! There were two pages of that and then a fairly compelling story that I don't think I'll remember tomorrow. Read full review

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User Review  - Ruth - Goodreads

Reading this was bittersweet. It's the one book my brother told me to read once I got him to join Goodreads. He must have asked me if I had read it at least 3 times, and the answer was always, "Not ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
19
Section 3
41
Section 4
64
Section 5
83
Section 6
115
Section 7
128
Section 8
149
Section 9
171
Section 10
188
Section 11
216
Section 12
224
Section 13
252
Section 14
280
Section 15
302
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About the author (1999)

Lisa Micheals is a contributing editor at Threepenny Review. She is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in the New York Times and San Francisco Focus. She currently lives in Seattle, Washingon.

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