America's Child

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ISBN 978-1-931896-35-1
Publication Date
October 2007
Page Count
280 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

America's Child

A Woman's Journey Through the Radical Sixties
Susan Sherman

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.

About the Author

Poet, playwright, and founding editor of IKON magazine, Susan Sherman has published seven collections of poetry, a translation (Shango de Ima, Doubleday), and The Color of the Heart (Curbstone Press). America's Child was completed thanks to the help of a NYFA fellowship in Creative Nonfiction Literature, a Puffin Foundation Grant, and a residency at Blue Mountain Center.


"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