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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.

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"An absurdist reference to her atypical 1970s upbringing, the title of Hayward's debut memoir suits her offbeat tale of preadolescence, when she lived according to the whims of her hippie mother, H'lane, moving from one West Coast commune to the next. Struggling to fit in despite denied holiday celebrations and sporadic attendance at school (H'lane considers them 'zoos run by the government to keep kids safe in cages'), Hayward's direct, borderline-juvenile voice chronicles in vibrant detail her puzzling misadventures with H'lane, her jealously and awe of friends with 'straight moms' and her eventual exile to New Mexico to live with her negligent dad. Amidst unnecessary hardship and borderline abusive parenting, Hayward's remembrances are surprisingly positive; she bears no ill will toward her parents, writing about them with remarkable honesty and respect. The zippy narrative is divided into short chapters and propelled by a somewhat disjointed chronology (young Hayward's sense of time is appropriately sketchy). Unfortunately, the narrative ends with Hayward's 13th birthday, leaving hinted-at future events ('I did not see H'lane again until I was twenty-one') unexplored, and readers unsatisfied. Hopefully, this solid memoir is just the first from Hayward." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Clane Hayward was born in 1967 in California. At thirteen, she ran away from communes, and at eighteen enlisted in the US Navy, where she served for five years. She returned to San Francisco, where she lived for ten years. She now teaches middle school in Austin, Texas.

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night.prose, January 23, 2010 (view all comments by night.prose)
Clane Hayward takes us to a time of innocence & yet awareness, both personally and historically.
Her story will make you recall, think and will stay with you long after you read the final page.
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jlthackray, January 3, 2008 (view all comments by jlthackray)
I love the wit and wonderful honest creative style of this writers memories of growing up in Northern California. She was on the run with surprises in each experience told through a young girls mind eyes. This book will make you smile,laugh and cry.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811859455
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Hayward, Clane
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Problem families
Subject:
Hayward, Clane
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Childhood and youth
Subject:
Hayward, Clane - Childhood and youth
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.24x6.06x.85 in. .93 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An absurdist reference to her atypical 1970s upbringing, the title of Hayward's debut memoir suits her offbeat tale of preadolescence, when she lived according to the whims of her hippie mother, H'lane, moving from one West Coast commune to the next. Struggling to fit in despite denied holiday celebrations and sporadic attendance at school (H'lane considers them 'zoos run by the government to keep kids safe in cages'), Hayward's direct, borderline-juvenile voice chronicles in vibrant detail her puzzling misadventures with H'lane, her jealously and awe of friends with 'straight moms' and her eventual exile to New Mexico to live with her negligent dad. Amidst unnecessary hardship and borderline abusive parenting, Hayward's remembrances are surprisingly positive; she bears no ill will toward her parents, writing about them with remarkable honesty and respect. The zippy narrative is divided into short chapters and propelled by a somewhat disjointed chronology (young Hayward's sense of time is appropriately sketchy). Unfortunately, the narrative ends with Hayward's 13th birthday, leaving hinted-at future events ('I did not see H'lane again until I was twenty-one') unexplored, and readers unsatisfied. Hopefully, this solid memoir is just the first from Hayward." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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