The Hypocrisy of Disco

The Hypocrisy of Disco

A Memoir

Book - 2007
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Born in San Francisco just before the Summer of Love, Clane Hayward grew up on hippie communes throughout the west. Her poignantly funny, sometimes melancholy, and always riveting memoir recounts her extraordinary life up until her thirteenth birthday. School was a particularly happy eventit meant a hot lunch and clothes that matched! But Clane's mother warned her that schools are just zoos run by the government. From a world of complex relationships, uncertain rules and constant surprises, Clane forged a childhood, sometimes with, sometimes without her bong-puffing, Buddha-quoting,macrobiotic mother and her wild-haired, redneck father. The Hypocrisy of Disco is an honest, direct, and truly unforgettable tale, and a tribute to the resilience of youth.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780811859455
0811859452
Call Number: B H3353a
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 21 cm

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

Can you imagine being raised by a hippie and a gear-headed cowboy? (If you can, I suggest you should begin writing your own life story.) This is the case of Clane Hayward, as she recounts her childhood between ages eleven and thirteen. As she moves with her hippie mother from one West Coast commune to another, she is fascinated by “straight” families with normal moms who let their kids eat peanut butter and go to school (H’lane says that schools are “zoos run by the government to keep kids safe in cages”.). Even when goes to live with her negligent dad in New Mexico, her memories remain positive and zippy; reflecting the wonder and energy of pre-adolescence. There is a poignant scene, when she is sent to live with her no-nonsense grandmother, where she is taken to a store to buy a new wardrobe and she has a panic attack because she doesn’t know what size clothes she wears.

This is the story of discovery of things most of us take for granted: pancakes, toaster ovens, school lunches, and roller skates. It is also a window into a world that most of us cannot even imagine: living in a make-shift tent in a state park or scrounging for food in a fly-ridden kitchen while a parent pays no attention. A new perspective is always welcome, especially from such a terrific writer!

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