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Riding the Cyclone: Growing Up Feral in the '60s

4.75 of 5 stars 4.75  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  4 reviews
When Lauren Ruth Wiener was six, her mother died without warning. More interested in dating than child-rearing, her father left her in the care of a violent, unhinged nanny. A riveting first-person account, "Riding the Cyclone" careens like the Coney Island roller coaster from gut-wrenching sadism to hilariously caustic commentary as Lauren tries to make sense of her world...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published December 2nd 2011 by Createspace (first published October 1993)
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I shy away from self-published material. My experience has been that the worst is marginally literate and the best is barely readable. Lauren Wiener’s Riding the Cyclone is the exception to that experience. What a moving, page-turner of a read!
Wiener’s language is strong and well managed. In a genre that could easily lend itself to maudlin self-pity, there is none. What happened speaks for its self. Wiener makes no excuses for her actions as a high school student, nor does she blame anyone else...more
This is a book that's hard to put down, not only because its content is fascinating, disturbing and often surprising, but because it's written so well. It has great fluidity and reflects a self-assurance all the more compelling as you realize what it cost to achieve. Ms Wiener recounts in great detail much of the abuse - and its aftermath - that she and her brother experienced as children from a true nanny from hell, after her young mother died at home suddenly from a brain hemorrhage. This Norw...more
Lawrence Boothby
I started reading it after dinner, completing the first 285 pages by dawn the next day. If I still drank coffee or tea, I would have completed the book in one session. It evoked so many feelings -- a keeper that I will want to read again any time memories of my own childhood need refreshing. Having graduated from the same Putney School in 1963, I found it interesting how much the school and students had changed in eight years. Even if you had a perfect childhood, you will find interest in this m...more
Compelling account of a particularly painful coming of age in the 60's. It is nearly impossible to put down. Wiener's insights into herself, and her evocation of the wild, difficult culture of those years are riveting for their intelligence, humor and style.
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Riding the Cyclone is the story of my first eighteen years: chaotic, gut-wrenching, hilarious. The sixties were a wild ride.

I have a B.A. from Reed College and a master's in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. I've taught English to foreign students, taken care of reptiles, and freelanced as a technical writer for over 20 years. I live with my husband in Portland, Oregon.

My varied fr...more
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