WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour | Review of Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s, An Anthology (edited by Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers & Amber Lea Starfire)

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Advance Praise

“We lived in the Haight-Ashbury and on Bourbon Street and the high plains of Oklahoma. We wore hip-huggers, tie-dyes, military uniforms,  and fringed ponchos embroidered with peace signs. We danced and marched and organized and loved and broke all the rules. We were changing, and we changed the world. I love this book because it is written by women who were on the scene–and such a scene it was! If you were there, it will remind you of those remarkable years. If you weren’t, you’ll be amazed and delighted and proud of the brave women who have written these stories and poems. Thank you, lovely women, for telling us about it!”

~ Susan Wittig Albert, author of A Wilder Rose
and founder of Story Circle Network

Synopsis:

These forty-eight powerful stories and poems etch in vivid detail the breakthrough moments experienced by women during the life-changing era that was the ’60s and ’70s. And finally, here, they tell it like it was. Their stories range from Vietnam to France, from Chile to England, from the Haight-Ashbury to Greenwich Village, and from the Deep South to the Midwest. They write of cultural reverberations that reached into farm kitchens and city “pads,” from coffeehouse jazz clubs to psychedelic rock concerts. This inspiring collection celebrates the women of the ’60s and ’70s, reminds them of the importance of their legacy, and seeks to motivate young women today.

(Synopsis from back cover)

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My Thoughts:

The ’60s and ’70s in America were fraught with change — changes in society, among the sexes, within the military, between the establishment and the anti-establishment, in mode of dress, in what we smoked, in what we read and how we interpreted it, between parents and children, between students and institutions of higher learning. We were a society attempting to learn where we each, as an individual, fit into the whole without it being too painful.

The editors of Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s have compiled 48 stories and poems vividly describing the palpable changes experienced by women during this tumultuous time. Finally, these women have their voice to share life like it really was.

Each woman with her individual voice tells her story and in telling becomes a part of the larger whole. These women as a collective in this anthology celebrate the women of their generation with remembrances of the importance of actions and beliefs and the legacy left for the young women of today.

If you were around in this period, you may have been one of these women in another town and state, another country, another college. Likely, you too had a story to tell, and perhaps your story is told by another in this anthology.

If you weren’t around during the ’60s and ’70s, perhaps you have wondered what those 20 years were all about. You are fortunate for within these pages the details are vividly recounted for you by this group of women so that you can learn from them. Learn that all women have a voice. We must be courageous enough to exercise it and stand tall after doing so.

A long overdue and telling collection of prose and poetry emblematic of the times that were changing in the ’60s and ’70s.

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My Recommendation: 

Times They Were A-Changing is a powerful read for anyone who reads it. The stories shared lay out in honesty and detail the way things really were. Nothing is held back and from these women we are reminded what life was then and where we’ve traveled to in 2013. For young women today, these stories will give you the courage and self-confidence to move forward with the continuation of the equalities and justice fought so hard to win and still needing to be fought for in some arenas.

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Meet the Editors:

Editors of Times They Were A-Changing

Editors Kate Farrell, Amber Lea Starfire and Linda Joy Myers

I could bore you with the traditional bios that authors and editors place on Goodreads, Amazon or the dust covers of their books. However, these three editors wrote special bios for the launch and events surrounding the anthology, and I found them quite interesting. If you’d like to read more, just click here and you’ll be taken to the page with the scoop!

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DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK | DISCLAIMER:

Publisher: She Writes Press
Published: September 8, 2013
Genre: Memoir, Prose & Poetry Anthology
ISBN-10: 978193831409
Paperback: 336 pages

Times They Were A-Changing is available as a print and e-book at Amazon, Kindle Store and Barnes & Noble.

I received a copy of Times They Were A-Changing from the publisher via WOW! Women on Writing in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I am not an affiliate of any of the retailers mentioned above.

 

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11 thoughts on “WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour | Review of Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s, An Anthology (edited by Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers & Amber Lea Starfire)

  1. namwmemoirs December 18, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

    Thank you Sherrey for hosting us and particularly pointing out how these stories can be educational for the younger generation–of men as well as women. What were the forces that compelled people to march against the war, to gather in groups and protest, to find new ways to be heard. One young woman I met recently told me that there were a few lines about the era in her history book, but she didn’t really understand what happened to create the women’s movement. She’s just glad that she has the freedom and choices she has now. As with all history, the grand sweep misses the details of personal lives, and this is where memoir and true stories come in–to show us what it was like behind closed doors, to share with the larger world a personal glimpse into moments that made a difference. We enjoyed reading all the stories submitted and gathering these snapshots into a book!

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    • Sherrey Meyer December 19, 2013 at 9:42 am Reply

      Linda Joy, thanks so much for stopping by. This compilation of stories is so touching, and I found myself caught up in time travel envisioning how the women were dressed, tasting and seeing their experiences as if I had gone back in time. And yet the power held in each story told so much about who we were and who we’ve become and who young women can become. The thanks actually goes to you and your co-editors for the genesis of this idea and the determination to follow it to completion.

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  2. Renee Roberson December 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm Reply

    Thank you for agreeing to be part of the tour and for this great review, Sherrey! I too would love to hear about some of your memories from that time period. A separate blog post, perhaps!

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    • Sherrey Meyer December 19, 2013 at 9:40 am Reply

      Renee, you are welcome! It was a pleasure to read, see and taste experiences from my sisters of the ’60s and ’70s. If you read a reply I made to Kate’s question about my own experiences, you’ll pick up a couple of my memories.

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  3. Kate Farrell December 17, 2013 at 7:53 am Reply

    Hello Sherrey,

    Thanks so much for hosting our anthology on the WOW! blog tour. I agree with you that this anthology has much to teach younger generations through authentic stories and poems and your statement: “For young women today, these stories will give you the courage and self-confidence to move forward with the continuation of the equalities and justice fought so hard to win…”

    We editors hope that these stories and poems paint a powerful picture of what young women can be as they come of age today. Yet mainstream media continues to “photoshop” women into a different kind of picture. Reading Times They Were A-Changing can be an antidote.

    Best wishes,
    Kate

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    • Sherrey Meyer December 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm Reply

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for stopping by to leave your thoughts on my review. Initially, I was disappointed that a family crisis prevented me from adding my submission to those you received, but this gave me an opportunity to sit back in a healing space and reflect on those years when life was full of questions, women and men searching for the answers, and voices standing loud and tall about issues no one else was considering. I appreciate the opportunity to review the finished product.

      I agree with your last paragraph and the power today’s young woman can exhibit. We could certainly do with a lot less “photoshopping” and “reality images” than our young women are receiving. I believe you, Linda Joy and Amber have come up with the perfect antidote! )

      Best always,
      Sherrey

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      • Kate Farrell December 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm Reply

        Hi Shelley,

        Now you’ve piqued my curiosity about your own life reflections on those decades. One of the great benefits of working on this project was the opportunity to revisit those years and uncover some of my own buried memories. As times have become more conventional, some events went best left in the past–or so I thought. The heady mix of those wilder times shaped the woman I now am. I can reclaim and understand, connect more dots.

        I admire the courage of so many of our anthology authors who told their stories and wrote their poems, those in the book and the many more we could not include.

        Best wishes,
        Kate

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        • Sherrey Meyer December 19, 2013 at 9:39 am Reply

          Kate, my stories are ones of racial tensions and changes heralded by Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and others who were not afraid to ask for equal treatment for all. I graduated high school in 1964 in a suburb of Nashville, TN. I had grown up in a family who would tell you they weren’t prejudiced, but the African-American cleaning lady who helped my mom during a variety of illnesses could not eat lunch at the same table with me. I have memories of my first year in college in the town where the KKK was founded by upstanding citizens (?). I met a delightful African-American student with the most amazing soprano voice. We were in the choral group together, but I could not find her in our dorm or an apartment in town. Later I learned she wasn’t allowed to live with the “white girls” and was made to drive round trip 170+ miles each day to attend classes. And there are more of these, some even when I was younger that I questioned.

          Yes, these made me the woman I am today. One who sees the gift of equality extended to everyone, showing no bias and no prejudice toward another human being. I cannot abide injustice toward anyone no matter where they come from or what their status in life.

          (Do you see that soapbox coming out? I’d better stop now!)

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          • Kate Farrell December 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

            Hi Shelley,
            I can understand how shocking finding racism in your own backyard must have been for you, an idealistic young woman encouraged by the civil rights movement.

            I had my eyes opened in 1966, as a new teacher in a “ghetto” high school in San Francisco: my 9th grade students were illiterate, passed along from grade to grade. This was before federal funding (Great Society) reached public education and during the years of racial riots. Decades later, the situation in that same part of the City might be even more dire as the gap between rich and poor widens. We may be on the verge of another social upheaval. I pray that this time there will be more mainstream support, especially from the younger generations.

            This anthology does raise those questions: How far have we come? Where are we headed? And what role do women play in our society?

            Thanks for sharing your experiences! Those days of deep awareness affected us all–those who had their eyes opened.

            All the best,
            Kate

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            • Sherrey Meyer December 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

              I believe you are on to something in your paragraph: “This anthology does raise those questions: How far have we come? Where are we headed? And what role do women play in our society?” When I go to TN for a visit, I find myself looking for the distinctive progress someone is always saying we’ve made in civil rights, and yet I don’t see that much difference.

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            • Kate Farrell December 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm

              Sherrey, I keep thinking about that old ’70s feminist slogan, “the personal is political.” What we do in our own lives matters. I think that’s the legacy of the personal stories in our anthology. I do wish, with you, that many today saw their lives in a wider context.

              Happy Holidays! Peace and Love.
              Kate

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