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ISBN: 160844564X
Author: Toni Apicelli
Language: English
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (November 5, 2010)
Pages: 168
Category: Memoirs
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 664
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A Sixties Story is a thoughtful portrayal of the confusion and craziness of the 1960s through the eyes of a young woman who wanted the world around her to make sense

As the 1960’s ushered in the civil rights movement, she found herself questioning the status quo around her and becoming more involved in the burgeoning protests. A Sixties Story is a thoughtful portrayal of the confusion and craziness of the 1960s through the eyes of a young woman who wanted the world around her to make sense. It is beautifully written, and the author’s frustration and anger at the status quo come through loud and clear.

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Raised in the uptight fifties when conformity was the rule, Toni's generation was the first-born of the baby boomers. They saw the civil rights movement unfold on the TV news and discovered an America very different from the America with freedom and justice for all they had learned about in school. Many were angry about being lied to and angry with what was happening. They joined a counterculture movement of people who believed strongly that the U.S. should live up to its promise. They wanted fewer rules about lifestyle, less materialism and more harmony with nature. Many protested. Status quo America answered with police and National Guard troops. There were riots, demonstrations and assassinations along with the peace, love, good vibes culture of sex drugs and rock 'n' roll. Toni's book is a well-told remembrance of her journey from being a popular high school cheerleader to being an active participator in the counterculture.

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Zuser
Ms. Apicelli's memories of her life in the often-examined decade of the 1960s actually encompass more than those ten years. In fact, they do not even belong exclusively to her. Instead, Apicelli's stories echo those of millions of other American Baby Boomers, enveloped as they are, at times, in a haze fomented by the liberal consumption of Marijuana, LSD, and other conscience-altering substances. Thus, her memoir takes the reader on a long, strange trip from about 1947 to the present, the early twenty-first century.

Apicelli's memoir began quite literally in the post-World War II era, starting with her birth to a young mother from the Midwest and a GI-father who hailed from the Northeast. Her identity begins to form as a resident, for a time and off and on, of the Heartland's great metropolis of Chicago. Next, the young Apicelli participates in the burgeoning Cold War as her soldier-stepfather moves the family in the early 1950s to an army post in West Germany, where Apicelli experiences the life of a US military overseas dependent: she became one of those ubiquitous Boomer-"military brats," tasting foreign cultures and seeing exotic places firsthand and long before adulthood.

Through the early 1960s, the 1950s norms of high school rituals and traditions prevailed as Apicelli returned to Chicago. Yet, as she matured, the hypocrisies and the vacuum at the core many of the pre-1960s mores and values became increasingly apparent. Apicelli did what any bright and intellectually-questing youth would have done: she began reject the "straight" world espoused by dominant groups in American society and to immerse herself in the emerging "counter-culture."

By 1965, the year she graduated high school, Apicelli initiated a long odyssey across America in search of herself. First, she hotfooted it down to the Deep South, a place she had visited earlier as a high school student in a foray into the black Civil Rights Movement, as a hopeful volunteer in President LBJ's Great Society's VISTA program. Then, Apicelli spent some months in the Swinging Sixties city of New York, where she partied as hard as any loyal Macys employee could. A return to Chicago was fortutiously timed to coincide with the 1968 Democratic Convention that featured the novelty of policemen rioting among Hippies, Yippies, and other utopian-minded folk. Surviving that, Apicelli made her way, as many Americans have, to the Golden State of California,to stay until 1975. There, she saw the aftermath of the "Summer of Love" in San Francisco, lived in a hollowed-out tree stump in Mendocino County, dealt with her family's issues in Los Angeles, pursued higher education in the Inland Empire, met and loved some beautiful men, did some good drugs, and generally worked on becoming whatever she was supposed to be. By the 1980s, Apicelli had rooted herself back in Chicago, apparently, for good.

Apicelli's book is recommended for many reasons. Fellow Baby Boomers will relate to both her intense questing and her questioning of traditional US society, the one that those 1950s TV family "sit-coms" so idealized. Non-Boomers will see Apicelli's work as what historians call a "primary source," a frank and representative record of lives of ordinary Americans in the post-war, late twentieth century United States. Apicelli's memoir shows that in those critical decades, while she was not always "present at the creation," she was well aware that it was imperative that she better "stop," "watch that sign," and that "everyone look what's going on."
Qag
I loved this book it really tells a personal time in the 60’s that we will never see again
Cordalas
Depending on your age, Toni Apicelli's "A Sixties Story" will take you down memory lane or introduce you to the turmoil and upheavals of a decade of unprecedented social change.
The author became a social activist in her teens and participated in the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements that many of us - myself included - just read about in the newspaper. She shares an intimate view of counter-culture life, fleshed out with well-researched contextual facts and records. From rock concerts to race riots, acid trips and road trips, marches and massacres, police brutality at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention to the Grateful Dead at the Hollywood Bowl and earning college credit for a course in camping, Ms. Apicelli tells all. Her book is a harrowing, entertaining and educational adventure through the turbulent sixties. If you want to learn about the sixties or bring back memories, you must read this book.
riki
Toni Apicelli's memoir of an age, A Sixties Story, is a simple, direct and admirably modest recollection of her own life as seen against the times she lived in. It is full of remembered and researched detail covering more than half a century of post-war American life. Apicelli is an unflinching story teller who writes her story beautifully. Her account of being young in those times supplies a much-needed corrective to numerous unchallenged and ideologically motivated pejoratives about the times. A Sixties Story is ideally suited to be a primary source document for college history courses, generous in first person perceptions of cultural, social, political and economic history. If for no other reason, pick up a copy of A Sixties Story to find out how Toni and her friends reacted to the wide-spread panic of the Cuban Missile Crisis!
Lahorns Gods
I just want to publicly thank Toni for a concise and wonderfully written "trip down memory lane." I grew up in the 60's and although I was not part of the counterculture, I looked at it from the outside. I am very pleased that Toni put into words what many of us witnessed in those turbulent times. This book is a valuable part of a history that changed the world. She brought many memories back of watching television and wondering how things would turn out--and around.
Xangeo
A Sixties Story is a great read whether you were fortunate enough to have come of age during those times or not. Ms. Apicelli takes on a quest from the streets of Chicago through the redwood forests of Northern California that is both intensely personal as well as political. She weaves history into her journey in a way that brings alive the amazing events of those years. An early civil rights activist ( remember SNCC ), she moved on to VISTA ( the domestic peace corps) that served as a refuge for many white civil rights activists after the ascension of the Black Power movement. This book captures the idealism and drive for change that we all believed possible in the sixties and reminded this reader how sweet even sad times can be.

Barbara Knight
human rights activist and babyboomer
Nten
I very much enjoyed reading the chronology of the political events of the time that the author laid out in this book. Toni Apicelli did a very thorough recounting of what happened, and seeing the situation through her personal lens made the story very gripping. I liked the fact that in spite of all the disappointments, she still believes in the system and is working for change. It's a great read for baby-boomers and those who would like to learn more about that generation.

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