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By Linda Aaker

A hippie antiwar protester became antitrust legal professional tells of coming of age within the 80s. Politics and fervour are spiked with humor and looking during this compelling story of a contemporary woman's trip to life's center years. From capturing deer in Texas to taking pictures images within the Himalayas, from enduring the relationship scene to turning into a mom, from hitch-hiking by myself in Guatemala to touring with invoice and Hillary Clinton at the pre-election Texas bus journey, Aaker's global is actual and deeply honest.

Although the categorical info are just one woman's studies, this booklet is, in a feeling, the tale of each lady who got here of age at the beginning of the women's stream within the 70s. It chronicles the win/loss cycles confronted by means of any lady who chooses to have either occupation and family.

Entry from 1978: while I learn of toxins and inflation and Rhodesia and Nicaragua, chills runs down my physique and i am scared, taking into account the area to come back, my very own monetary lack of confidence, and no matter if i actually are looking to convey a baby into this global. what is going to take place to me if i do not turn into extra liable? it is all positive to be a tender “hippie-type” bureaucrat/lawyer. yet will that be sufficient at fifty, and with the accountability for an additional individual? no longer mammoth concerns, yet sobering recommendations in the middle of my life-for-the-moment world.

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March 20, 1976 Sunday spent with Don. A lovely day. The ending thought was one of painalthough slight. For life to be rich, the risks necessarily entail moments of hurt. People are so fragilejust like me! I've learned not to take some of the small stuff so seriously, but I get mixed up about which things are small. Good sign. The hurt leaves quickly. Maybe Don is rightif we talk about it, it stays under control. Am getting stronger, though tenuously. The new stereo gives me joy. Page 5 April 3, 1976 Flying from Houston to Austin, toward home.

He tries to understand and learn from his actions. 5. He's not afraid to cry. 6. m. appointment. Rather than have his secretary lie for him, he got on the phone with the appointment person, explained he forgot, felt embarrassed and offered to meet again at her office so as to save her the trip. I think I want to marry him, but I'm not sure yet. He's certain we'll always be friends, but not "lovers/long range exclusive partners" because our backgrounds are too different. He may be right. I feel rejected that Luke feels no sexual desire for me.

They're not like the "Road Warriors" which I wrote to share with my law firm. My journals are more hormonal in nature, perhaps suitable for Harlequin, not a University Press. Besides, who would be interested in the life of a forty-four-year-old regular working mother? It sounded awfully narcissistic, and made me uncomfortable. Fran persisted. She assigned me an encouraging and perceptive editor, Charlotte Wright. The result is this book. I'm grateful (I think) for her willingness to risk. One of the risks is telling this story in journal format, especially because I did not keep the journals consistently, and gaps appear.

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