A Woman's Journey Through the Radical Sixties
Imprint: Curbstone Books
280 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in
- Published: October 2007
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.
2478 Telegraph Ave
The Muscian & the Poet
Love & Other Crises
Barry & Marie
Fantasy & Morning Glory Seeds
LOS ANGELES, 1961
Sometime in the Forties
A History Lesson
NEW YORK, 1961-1967
The Early Years
"On the Road"
The Deux Megots
The Hardware Poets Playhouse
The Death of a Friend
A Riot, a Magazine, a "Marriage"
The Dialectics of Liberation
CUBA AND AFTER, 1968-1971
The Movement & Other Revelations
"Mexico Salio a Cuba"
Cuba: The Cultural Congress of Havana
The Doctor & Fidel
Cuba: The Countryside, The People
The Struggle Escalates
The 5th Street Women's Building
New York City, 2006
"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 Alegría
"So much of this book touches on the events of my own life. The friends we made protesting that war—'Angry Arts', The Deux Megots poets' cafe—might be with us still, the portraits are so vivid. This chronicle reads like an adventure story told with modesty and feeling." —Grace Paley
"A poet, a lesbian, a radical, Susan Sherman's life was shaped by the great sweep of change that was the 60s. In America's Child, in beautifully crafted language, she connects us all to her struggle to find her place in a chaotic decade. Her memoir is a moving, sensitive, and insightful look at both a remarkable time and a woman growing into wisdom." —Carol Polcovar