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Author Andreas, Peter, 1965- author.

Title Rebel mother : my childhood chasing the revolution / Peter Andreas.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, [2017]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Andreas,C AND    Available
Description x, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Contents Leaving -- Carol and Carl -- Separation -- Berkeley -- Chile -- From Guayaquil to Santiago -- Renaico -- Just passing through -- Back to the farm -- El golpe -- To buenos aires -- Peru -- Jauja -- Ocopilla -- Passing the hat -- Was Jesus a revolutionary? -- Piojos -- Ataura -- Visiting America -- The "Peter problem" -- Christmas '74 -- The wait -- The trial -- Return to Peru -- Kidnapped -- Comas -- Animal house -- A dangerous place -- Huertas -- Mile high hideout -- South Bannock Street -- Lesbians will lead the revolution -- Don't vote! -- Playing hooky -- Gun crazy -- Teen years -- Stealing from the rich -- The bout -- The science report -- Surfacing -- European vacation -- Denounced -- Saving Raul -- Baker's dozen -- Fitting in -- "Let's put a pencil to it" -- Epilogue.
Summary "The adventure tale and intimate true story of a boy on the run with his mother, a housewife turned radical who kidnapped her son and set off for South America in search of the revolution. Carol Andreas was a traditional 1950s housewife from a small Mennonite town in central Kansas who became a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary. From the late sixties to the early eighties, she went through multiple husbands and countless lovers while living in three states and five countries. She took her youngest son, Peter, with her wherever she went, even kidnapping him and running off to South America after his straitlaced father won a long and bitter custody fight. They were chasing the revolution together, though the more they chased it the more distant it became. They battled the bad "isms" (sexism, imperialism, capitalism, fascism, consumerism), and fought for the good "isms" (feminism, socialism, communism, egalitarianism). They were constantly running, moving, hiding. Between the ages of five and eleven, Peter attended more than a dozen schools and lived in more than a dozen homes, moving from the comfortably bland suburbs of Detroit to a hippie commune in Berkeley to a socialist collective farm in pre-military coup Chile to highland villages and coastal shantytowns in Peru. When they secretly returned to America they settled down clandestinely in Denver, where his mother changed her name to hide from his father. This is an extraordinary account of a deep mother-son bond and the joy and toll of growing up with a radical mother in a radical age. Andreas is an insightful and candid narrator whose unforgettable memoir gives new meaning to the old saying, "the personal is political.""--Provided by publisher.
Subject Andreas, Carol.
Andreas, Peter, 1965- -- Childhood and youth.
Feminists -- United States -- Biography.
Women revolutionaries -- United States -- Biography.
Mothers and sons -- Biography.
Women political activists -- United States -- Biography.
Americans -- Peru -- Biography.
Americans -- Chile -- Biography.
College teachers -- United States -- Biography.
Radicalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Title My childhood chasing the revolution
Other Form: Online version: Andreas, Peter, 1965- Rebel mother. New York : Simon & Schuster, [2017] 9781501124457 (DLC) 2017017085
ISBN 9781501124396 (hardcover)
1501124390 (hardcover)
9781501124426 (trade pbk.)
1501124420 (trade pbk.)

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