Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Times They Were A-Changing Excerpt and E-book Giveaway

Today I am excited to share a special sneak peek at the fabulous anthology Times They Were A-Changing and offer up one e-book for giveaway.Take a look at the excerpt and see below for information on the book and the Rafflecopter form. And thanks for stopping by!

"Fast-Forwarding Evolution"

By Linda J. Nordquist

Summer 1961

A heat wave smothered the city of Detroit the summer I turned 
eighteen. Temperatures topped 100 degrees, and air-conditioning
 was rare. Nothing moved in the stagnant air.

I was struggling to shed my “tomboyish” ways, something my
 mother deemed essential if I was ever to “catch a husband.” Her turn
 of phrase brought to mind a bug-eyed catfish flopping on a wharf, a
 hook piercing his lip. This did not endear me to the marriage concept. 
Nor did her warning that, under no circumstances, should I
 ever compete with the opposite sex. Worse, if I found myself besting
 a man, especially intellectually (impossible as that might seem), I
 should retreat.

“Let him think he’s winning,” she said, dispensing her sapient 
advice confidently. “You don’t want to humiliate him, do you? You’ll 
never get a husband that way.”

Objections gurgled in my stomach. Don’t misunderstand. The 
resistance I felt to her advice was not cognitive. It was a feeling state, 
as if I teetered on the precipice of a great loss. Is it possible to grieve 
an unknown in advance?

Disarmed with her influence, I sat in my new boyfriend’s shady 
backyard sipping iced tea and, despite my best efforts at imitating
Grace Kelly, feeling every strand of hair kinking in the humidity.
 Dick was an art teacher and six years older than I. It was imperative
that I appear sophisticated and coy. I flipped the pages of Vogue 
while Dick poured over the newspaper.

“Says here,” he snickered, “that some women plan to defy the
Amateur Athletic Union’s ban on women running in men’s road
races. Why do they have to do that? They ought to leave it be.”
 My pulse sped up. Before I could stifle my impulsivity, I blurted,
 “Why shouldn’t they run if they want to?”

A raised eyebrow projected a look of mild tolerance.

Just in time for the holidays, Linda Joy Myers, Kate Farrell and Amber Lea Starfire launch their anthology Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the '60s and '70s. The book is the perfect gift for opening discussions with friends and family members and illustrating what a powerful time the '60s and '70s truly were.

Forty-eight powerful stories and poems etch in vivid detail breakthrough moments experienced by women during the life-changing era that was the ’60s and ’70s. These women rode the sexual revolution with newfound freedom, struggled for identity in divorce courts and boardrooms, and took political action in street marches. They pushed through the boundaries, trampled the taboos, and felt the pain and joy of new experiences. And finally, here, they tell it like it was.

Through this collection of women’s stories, we celebrate the women of the ’60s and ’70s and the importance of their legacy.

Paperback: 354 pages

Publisher: She Writes Press (Sept. 8, 2013)

ISBN-10: 1938314042

ISBN-13: 978-1938314049

Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ‘60s & ‘70s is available in print and as an e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and She Writes Press and Indie Bound.

Find out more about the book online:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TimesTheyWereAChanging

Times They Were A-Changing blog: http://www.timestheywereachanging.com

Twitter: @womensmemoir60s

About the Editors:
Kate Farrell earned a M.A. from UC Berkeley; taught language arts in high schools, colleges, and universities; founded the Word Weaving storytelling project in collaboration with the California Department of Education with a grant from the Zellerbach Family Fund, and published numerous educational materials. She is founder of Wisdom Has a Voice memoir project and edited Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother (2011). Farrell is president of Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, a board member of Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club, member of Story Circle Network and National Association of Memoir Writers.

Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the author of four books: Don't Call Me Mother—A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, and a workbook The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing. Her book Becoming Whole—Writing Your Healing Story was a finalist in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award. A speaker and award-winning author, she co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and offers editing, coaching, and mentoring for memoir, nonfiction, and fiction. www.namw.org. Visit her blog at http://memoriesandmemoirs.com.

Amber Lea Starfire, whose passion is helping others tell their stories, is the author of Week by Week: A Year’s Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations (2012) and Not the Mother I Remember, due for release in late 2013. A writing teacher and editor, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco and is a member of the California Writers Club in Napa and Santa Rosa, the Story Circle Network, National Association of Memoir Writers, and International Association for Journal Writing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors. www.writingthroughlife.com

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Kate Farrell said...

Hi Renee, Thanks for this great post and for coordinating the blog tour for Times They Were A-Changing! I love the excerpt you chose from the piece by Linda J. Nordquist
. It depicts the caution young women were given in those days: not to compete with a man, to let the man think that your suggestions are really his. It is so well written! You'll have to read the rest of the story to see how this inner conflict plays out in Nordquist's life.

I wonder if young women today still have this caution? Do high school and college women intellectually compete in the classroom? Do they feel the need to suppress their own thoughts with boyfriends or later, in corporate settings? After reading some recent books and stats, I wonder...

Renee Roberson said...

Hi Kate! Thanks for stopping by. I was lucky to attend a small liberal arts college and can honestly say I never felt intellectually inferior to the men in my classes, nor did any of them make me feel that way. I also now work mostly with women, which again, is a blessing. I do know some friends of mine who still struggle with those traditional gender expectations (personally and professionally) and equality in pay in Corporate America.

Kate Farrell said...

Hi Renee, You were lucky! But the overall stats show that high school girls can decrease their contribution in classes when boys are present. Not to mention the incredible emphasis on appearance for young women. I was lucky to have attended an all girls' high school in the '50s taught by nuns who challenged us, then a liberal arts all women's college for 2 years. What a head start that was, before the feminist movement. But we shouldn't have to be segregated to achieve. The book, LEAN IN, points out some of the ways that professional women can participate in a man's world. So much still to discover!

Marcia G. said...

Renee, Thank you for the post. This anthology is an interesting read with a wide range of experiences and views. I'm so proud to have a part in it. I was one of the younger authors, coming in on the apron-strings of those other women, just in time before they cut them! There is good reason to recognize what others did and went through for those who follow later.