Notes from Nethers: Growing Up in a Sixties Commune

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Academy Chicago Publishers, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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A unique and honest account of the author's childhood spent on a commune in rural Virginia. Nethers, as the commune came to be called, was the creation of Eugster's idealistic and headstrong mother, Carla. The narrative accurately depicts communal living in all its complexities. An array of colorful characters drifted into the commune, and Eugster writes sensitively about being a child in the midst of all of this. A fascinating memoir with many moments of warmth and humor. Eugster's narrative is also an important piece of American cultural history, and the history of efforts to create a utopian society, which never seem to turn out exactly as planned.

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Review: Notes from Nethers: Growing Up in a Sixties Commune

User Review  - Chi Dubinski - Goodreads

The author's mother Carla, took her three daughters and left her husband. She bought an old farm house, acres of land, and started a counter-culture “school.” This is the story of Eugster's childhood ... Read full review

Review: Notes from Nethers: Growing Up in a Sixties Commune

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

Reading this book was enjoyable and painful. Eugster's experience of growing up on the commune was very different from that of kids in middle America, in both good and bad ways, and it left her ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Sandra Lee Eugster went to Wesleyan University in Connecticut after leaving Nethers. A practicing psychologist, she lives with her husband and daughter in Madison, WI. This is her first book.

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