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What Really Happened to the Class of '65 by Michael Medved
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Jun 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir, non-fiction
Recommended for: fans of creative non-fiction
Read in January, 2002

Conservative radio host Michael Medwed is also a baal teshuva (a Jew who was raised secular and became religious), and I think it is a very BT-thing to wonder, after changing your own life so radically, if the people from your past did something similar. But whether that was his motivation or not, this book is a series of interviews with members of his high school class to explore the question, "What have you been doing since high school?" Since this was the class of '65, the answers were very much affected by the times. Some became hippies; one went to Vietnam. In fact, one whole chapter was dedicated to asking the men, "How did you get out of the draft?" The women, for their part, came out on different sides about the feminist movement. And amongst the men and the women, there were some real tragedies.

I was fascinated by the many different paths these people took. And two things made it especially interesting. First, Medwed and his co-author pointed out the consistencies in the high school personality and the adult one, even if the external circumstances were drastically different. And a second part I really loved was that they asked the people what they thought happened to their classmates. The answers were so wrong, it was funny, which only goes to prove how unpredictable life can be.

Anyone who likes creative non-fiction about average people's lives will like this book.
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