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A Year in the Company of Freaks

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It's 1972 and a seismic clash-of-cultures is rattling northern California. In the redneck town of Trinity Springs, rumors of hippies migrating up from San Francisco have residents bracing for an invasion. When Italian-American hometown boy and Berkeley graduate Sid Jackson is busted for growing pot on his deceased parents' farm, locals suspect the assault has begun. Will a ...more
Kindle Edition, 398 pages
Published December 21st 2015 by All's Well House
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LAWonder10
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a tale created from the havoc of the seventies. Sid, a graduate of Berkley, protests and defies all he was raised to believe. He has inherited his family ranch, but defiles it by illegally planting Marijuana on it and is caught doing so. Will the Sherriff and his Godfather be able to keep him out of prison with the plan approved by the judge. Can Sid really "follow the rules" long enough to stay out of prison and gain his inheritance?
Included in the plan, he must give room and board to f
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Cheryl
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a smash hit book to read, than, look no further than A Year in the Company of Freaks! This was one of the easiest books for me to read. Instantly, I was transported back in time. A time before I was born but it was like I was there. Everyone was great from Sid to Sheriff Otis Skinner and his wife, Pearlie, as well as the rest of the gang: Ketch, Mika, Eliza, and Woolf. They were all so easy to connect with including Ketch. He had some rough edges that needed smoothed over ...more
Angela Thompson
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Readers will not want to put A Year in the Company of Freaks down. Yes. I nearly read a 515 page book in one sitting. I loved Otis and Pearlie--so, I think "meeting" them first in the book and getting pulled into the small town mentality of the time and also into their hopes and love for Sid simply had me hooked by page 3 or so. When I received the book and saw the page count--I wasn't sure how an author could successfully fill that many pages with just a year in the life of 5 strangers. Not onl ...more
David Watson
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In 1972 the hippie movement was still going on, the Vietnam war was starting to wind down and there was lots of change and discrimination. In the small town of Trinity Springs, cultures collide as hippies start to migrate from San Francisco. Trinity Springs California is the type of town where everyone knows your name, people work hard, change happens slowly and hippies aren’t welcome.

One of the people who wants out of Trinity Springs is Italian-American Sid Jackson. He was a student at Berkeley
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Sandra Olshaski
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I believe Teresa Neumann has another winner in this novel set in the recent past, 1972. The war in Vietnam is being fought, long-haired hippies abound, values and attitudes are changing and the drug culture is in full swing. It’s a ride down memory lane.

The protagonist, Sid, returns to his home in small-town California, Trinity Springs, sporting a ponytail, and a beard, after spending 4 years at Berkeley. All he wants at this point is to have a good time and travel. But when he is busted for gro
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Marilyn R.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun review to write as author Teresa Neumann surprised me and I love being surprised by an author.

When I cracked open A Year in the Company of Freaks I balked at the length - 511 pages. WOW! Could the story really stay compelling with that many pages and would I get through it in time to write this review. THREE DAYS LATER I was done. How did that happen? I am a fast reader, but the truth was I couldn't put it down.

A Year in the Company of Freaks unfolds through flashbacks and the exp
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Carla
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I wasn't too sure what to expect from this book when I read the plot summary but I fell in love with the story from page one. You learn to understand, respect and appreciate so many different aspects of life and beliefs.

We start off learning about our main character Sid, who turned bad boy after his parents died. He went away to school and learned about a lifestyle so different from the one his small town parents raised him in. He challenged all of his teachings, faith and even relationships wit
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Dawn
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I don’t read a lot of general fiction because I prefer other genres but I’m glad I chose to read this book. Since I was a teen in the seventies, I don’t really think of it as historical fiction (am I that old??). It amazes me how the author was able to take a year in the life of 5 strangers and make it so interesting that I had difficulty putting the book down. Talk about a page
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Jessica
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do not judge a person by the way they look

This book is very interesting and historical to read. I was a year behind before I was born when this story started. History is such a fun subject for me to learn while I am at school just like this book.

Do not judge a person by the way they look. Society sometimes is so cruel when they see a person or groups dressing differently. This book is an eye opening for me to learn more about freaks. I call them unique individuals or groups but just like us
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Wendy
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I ordered it, I had the impression that this book was going to be a bit more of a "historical fiction" book. It was set in the 70's, yes, but I didn't feel I really learned more about life in that time period. Even so, I gave this book four stars because I really enjoyed the story and it's characters.
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Well this novel certainly surpassed my expectations! The narrative quickly grabbed my attention and kept me intrigued all the way through. I found it to be a real page turner due to its interesting storyline and well thought out character development. I appreciate that the personalities in this novel are multifaceted and not the usual stereotypes that are often found in fiction. It’s obvious that the author based her tale on real people facing issues that we can all recognize and easily identify ...more
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Author of highly-acclaimed "A Year in the Company of Freaks," Teresa was raised in a large Midwest family and now lives in Oregon. She is also the author of "Bianca's Vineyard," and its sequel, "Domenico's Table." Both books are based on the true stories of her husband's Italian family in Tuscany. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and a ...more

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