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The Hypocrisy of Disco

A Memoir

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Born in San Francisco just before the Summer of Love, Clane Hayward grew up on hippie communes throughout the west. Her poignantly funny, sometimes melancholy, and always riveting memoir recounts her extraordinary life up until her thirteenth birthday. School was a particularly happy event—it meant a hot lunch and clothes that matched! But Clane's mother warned her that schools are just zoos run by the government. From a world of complex relationships, uncertain rules and constant surprises, Clane forged a childhood, sometimes with, sometimes without her bong-puffing, Buddha-quoting, macrobiotic mother and her wild-haired, redneck father. The Hypocrisy of Disco is an honest, direct, and truly unforgettable tale, and a tribute to the resilience of youth.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 01, 2007 – An absurdist reference to her atypical 1970s upbringing, the title of Hayward's debut memoir suits her offbeat tale of preadolescence, when she lived according to the whims of her hippie mother, H'lane, moving from one West Coast commune to the next. Struggling to fit in despite denied holiday celebrations and sporadic attendance at school (H'lane considers them "zoos run by the government to keep kids safe in cages"), Hayward's direct, borderline-juvenile voice chronicles in vibrant detail her puzzling misadventures with H'lane, her jealously and awe of friends with "straight moms" and her eventual exile to New Mexico to live with her negligent dad. Amidst unnecessary hardship and borderline abusive parenting, Hayward's remembrances are surprisingly positive; she bears no ill will toward her parents, writing about them with remarkable honesty and respect. The zippy narrative is divided into short chapters and propelled by a somewhat disjointed chronology (young Hayward's sense of time is appropriately sketchy). Unfortunately, the narrative ends with Hayward's 13th birthday, leaving hinted-at future events ("I did not see H'lane again until I was twenty-one") unexplored, and readers unsatisfied. Hopefully, this solid memoir is just the first from Hayward.

Customer Reviews

The Hypocrisy of Disco

WONDERFUL poignant story of a brave, strong, survivor of a child. Wish the story had continued! I want to know every step of Clane’s life!

The Hypocrisy of Disco

A compelling story of a childhood that is at once foreign and familiar. Bleached by the sun and brought to life by the sounds, smells and colors of youth. Told with playfulness and charm, Hayward's unique insight is smart, sharp-edged and disarming ... heartbreak on roller skates.

The Hypocrisy of Disco
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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Nov 09, 2012
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Seller: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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