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Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  269 ratings  ·  25 reviews
This is a compelling story of the experiences of three young women who attended the University of California at Berkeley and became caught up in the tumultuous changes of the Sixties. Sara Davidson follows the three—Susie, Tasha, and Sara herself—from their first meeting in 1962, through the events that "radicalized" them in unexpected ways in the decade after the years in ...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by University of California Press (first published 1977)
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Harriet Wrye
This revival of the original Sixties chronicle reads, to me, even better this time around. While Sara and I were both at Berkeley at nearly the same time, she was really THERE in the middle of things--she is a fine journalist and her visitations back with the roommates she shared and the lives they led that epitomized the feminist awakening, the political activism, the sexual revolution--all with such a sense of immediacy of real lives known and lived.
This book changed my life when I was 14. It was about three women and the way their lives were led during the 60's. What the lesson was for me was that women can be whoever they wanted to be. That sometimes things happen and we learn from those events. I think Sara is a good writer who has a unique voice.
Billie Johnson
This is one of my all-time favorite books...I've read all of Sara Davidson's books and enjoyed them but this is tops, in my opinion. It really captures the the times, the confusion, the determination of our generation to make a change on the world and leave our mark.
Mary Ann
Oct 12, 2007 Mary Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: folks interested in the sixties
I really enjoyed this book, and have reread it as well. Interesting look at the sixties from a young woman who came of age during that time.
Still one of my all time favorites --
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
Published in 1977, this book has surely become a classic Sixties tell-all, featuring three women's journeys through their Berkley college years and beyond, taking the reader from about 1963 - 1973. Davidson is an ace journalist who was turned down by the New York Times after working as the New York correspondent for the Boston Globe, but she made the leap to inspired freelance writing and was paid well by Harpers and other magazines for her coverage of the counterculture. Davidson lets it all ha ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes non-fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
This book follows the lives and friendships of three young women from their first meeting with each other in 1962 at the University of California at Berkley through the events that "radicalized" them all after college. They all were living during the tumultuous decade known as the "Swinging Sixties" in the "birthplace" of many radical movements - Berkley. Susie is a young woman just becoming involved with the Free Speech Movement in Berkley and finds herself navigating through the early struggle ...more
This book is awful. If the main characters, three friends who meet at Berkeley in the sixties and follow divergent paths through that era, are actually interesting people, this book makes them seem like total idiots. It reads like a trashy romance novel, so that eventually every time a male character enters the story, I could be assured that the event would be followed with "we made love.." Not that there's anything wrong with plentiful sex, but the womens' lives are ultimately supremely directe ...more
Shallow, rambling book about the empty, wasted lives of four spoiled, superficial, self-absorbed skanks who are taking way too long to grow up and grow a brain. There may be an off-chance one of them may have taken her nose out of her own navel long enough to learn the importance of relationship, but I'm not sure. If ever I thought that being the center of the universe might be fun, this book disabused me of that notion and shows that narcissism is merely boring. I hope they all got a little mor ...more
Read it repeatedly as a young woman, although it was about the generation just ahead of mine.
Another reread. I first read this book when it first came out around 1977. Now, I am reading it as a prelude to Davidson’s latest book, Leap!: What Will We Do With The Rest of Our Lives? Loose Change chronicles the lives of three women, including Sara herself, for the 10 years beginning with college in the 1960’s. I could identify with some of the book, though I was younger and less radical than these women. The part that bothered me, though, was the women’s dependency on men. This was apparentl ...more
I thought the writing was kind of awkward, considering it was written by an established journalist. Susie's voice would go from being cryptic and slangy to sounding straight like Sara's. The women's stories were really engrossing, though, and I'm not at the end yet, but I keep wondering when Sara and Tasha are going to finally dump these awful guys. If they do, I'll give this 4 stars. If Sara sodomizes Ram Dass, I'll give it 5.
I've been borrowing this from my mother for like a year at this point, thinking I would finish it but never actually doing so. Still, that doesn't mean the book sucks. It's a fascinating glimpse into lives in the decades before mine, which always interests me, but I feel like I got what I was going to get out of it and I don't really need to finish. If someone else has read this and thinks otherwise, let me know and I'll finish it.
A favourite subject and time period and Davidson writes well. The main thing I take away from this is how little the human condition changes....and yet we seem to be less adventurous and more conformist than these women, elitist as they are (which may seem a strange choice of adjective but whether they like the description or no the worlds they represent were not, and are not, typical). Absorbing and interesting.
Shellye M.
I discovered this book in the mid-70's when I was still in high school. I loved it! A great introduction to the times that had just passed, and it gave great context to the adult world I was about to enter. I've re-read it many times, and recommended it to all my friends.
I remember being fascinated by this book that dealt with three women in the 60's at Berkeley (drugs, sex, women's lib, political revolution, and Viet Nam.) I couldn't put it down and told all my friends to read it. They were as engrossed as I was.
Read many years ago because it was doing the rounds. My friends enjoyed it more than I did. Contains one of the few literary references to Sesame Street that I've come across.
It was strange to read this and look back on that era. Much of what seemed so important then seems almost comical now. Am I just old and cynical?
Read this in college and really enjoyed it. I think I did read it again a few years after college. Good beach book!
A great historic chronicle of young women in the sixties, and how events shaped their lives.
This has a description of UC Davis' first whole earth festival.
Excellent for anyone who lived through the sixties. I loved it.
A compelling look at, what can I say, my generation.
not my fave...but a good story.
Interesting book.
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Sara was born in 1943 and grew up in California. She went to Berkeley in the Sixties, where the rite of passage was to "get stoned, get laid and get arrested."

After Berkeley she headed for New York to attend the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Her first job was with the Boston Globe, where she became a national correspondent, covering everything from the election campaigns of Bobby Kennedy
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