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Red Diaper Daughter: Three Generations of Rebels and Revolutionaries
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Red Diaper Daughter: Three Generations of Rebels and Revolutionaries
Laura Bock

"I grew up in the late 1940's and '50's in San Francisco, the daughter of socialists active in the labor movement and the granddaughter of Russian Jewish social revolutionaries. They were called "red", "commies", and "subversives." I am a red diaper baby, proud that my heritage is one of resistance and defiance."

Now in her early 70’s, Laura Bock looks back on her life: her family, the choices she made and the paths she took—with the last 60 years as a backdrop. She tells her very personal stories of the legacy she received, the impact of McCarthyism on her childhood, coming of age in the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960’s, and how she found her voice in the second wave of the women’s liberation movement of the mid-1970’s.

Laura describes her transformation from a self-hating and hiding fat child into a proud fat woman who joined the fat liberation and size acceptance movements and performed for 18 years with a feminist theater collective she helped to found.

In 1982 she came out as a lesbian into the welcoming environment of the San Francisco Bay Area—all this, while running her own business, Bock’s Bed and Breakfast, for over 23 years in her family’s historic home on Willard Street.

She writes of losing her eyesight at the age of 25 and later her hearing and of the challenges and joys of becoming old, while remaining an activist.

"It has been my job to follow in their footsteps… And, for me, the burning question is: Did I do them proud by representing yet another radical activist generation, putting body and principles on the line?”

Readers can decide for themselves after reading this vividly written, revealing and often funny memoir.

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