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Free Love and The Sexual Revolution by Barbara   Williamson
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it was amazing

Apart from actually experiencing life at the Sandstone Retreat this book, describing life in this famous nudist and free love community, is the next closest thing. The reader gets an inside look at the “Sandstone experience” while being transported back in time to the 1960’s in an age of political as well as sexual revolution. The author traces the reader through her early life, growing up lonely on a farm and learning to love nature. Her young adulthood and coming of age. Her beginnings in adulthood and the insurance career before meeting the man who would become her husband as well as her partner in creating Sandstone in Topanga, California. She details her experiences after Sandstone with many ups and downs and her time owning a big cat rescue. She does a great job getting her early life story across to the reader concisely but while still encompassing a lot of emotion and detail.

Her many descriptions and praises for Sandstone give the reader a truly intimate look at this community and the lifestyle and philosophies present there. It seems like it was truly a place and a group of people which happened at the right place and at the right time. This is one of those places that went down in history as a story of successful living which was outside of the norms of society.

Another important part of this story is the love between Barbara and John. She doesn’t even need to go on about him with glowing praise and compliments, her love and respect for him come across in the many stories she shares about him and their life together. It is truly amazing what these two accomplished together. They truly believed in their philosophies and chose to practice these beliefs in a brave and inspired way. Through the creation of Sandstone as well as Tiger Touch, they gave their love and their passion and compassion. It was truly inspiring to read about how they worked, lived, and loved together and the many lives they touched.

Barbara is a great writer. Her writing flows so easily and simply yet paints a great picture of what it must have been like to have the “Sandstone Experience” in that magical retreat. Her writing is so honest and open, just the way she describes things at Sandstone. Without the privacy of clothing it seems like it deflated egos and brought out the most open and raw version of the people who lived there. It is so interesting to hear about celebrities and other noted people who visited Sandstone and all the many times it was written about and documented. That is truly the sign of something special.

This is a very entertaining read and gives the reader insider information on life in a free love nudist community and family. It is unlike I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much it was truly about love, respect, mutual pleasure, honesty, and openness more than about sex. This book will keep you interested and curious throughout. A fast, fun, and exciting read.

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Finished Reading
November 6, 2018 – Shelved

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