Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress

Wake County Libraries "Book a Day" Staff Pick

This book is a collection of tales about the author’s experience of growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s with very eccentric parents. Susan Jane Gilman and her siblings were treated to some unusual family outings, such as when her mother signed up the whole family for a meditation class, or the week’s vacation they took at a Socialist retreat. But Gilman yearned to fit in with other children she met. She coveted the pretty white confirmation dresses worn by her Puerto Rican neighbors and at one point decided to “become Latino”. At her exclusive school, her family’s mix of liberalism, strangeness, and Jewishness, on top of her being a scholarship student, meant she would never quite be accepted.

Gilman spent her teenage years obsessing over Mick Jagger, finally managing to meet him in an awkward moment that didn’t live up to her fantasy. As she got older, Gilman struggled…

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