Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary

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    Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary PDF/EPUB Sonja joins a cult like communist organization in Brooklyn unaware of the dark nature of what awaits herA small, skinnyyear old girl holding a teddy bear stands by the side of a country road with a young man she barely knows They re hitchhiking from a commune in Quebec to one in California It isand somehow the girl s parents think this is a good idea Sonja Larsen s is a childhood in which family members come and go and where freedom is both a gift and a burden Her mother, thrown out of home as a pregnant teenager by her evangelical preacher father, is drawn to the utopian ideals and radical politics of communism Her aunt Suzie is gripped by schizophrenia, her behaviour so erratic she eventually loses custody of her daughter And then there is her cousin Dana, shunted back and forth long distance between her parents Dana, whose own need to escape leads to tragedy Looking for a sense of family, searching to belong, to have your life mean something this is what all these girls and young women share As a teenager, Larsen moves to Brooklyn, embedding herself with an organization known publicly as the National Labor Federation and privately as the Communist Party USA Provisional Wing Over her three years at the organization s national headquarters, Larsen works sixteen hour day, eager to prove herself Noticed and encouraged by the Old Man, the organization s charismatic leader, he makes her one of his special girls, as well as the youngest member of the organization s militia and part of its inner circle But even as she and her comrades count down the days on the calendar until the dawning of their new American revolution, Larsen s doubts about the cause and the Old Man become increasingly difficult to ignore Red Star Tattoo explores the seductions and dangers of extremism, and asks what it takes to survive a childhood scarred by loss, abuse and the sometimes violent struggle for belonging."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary
  • Sonja Larsen
  • 19 July 2018
  • 0345815270

10 thoughts on “Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary

  1. Krista Krista says:

    How is truth defined I wrote this down I put a star beside this I underlined this I traced the ink lines of my words on the page When I first went to Brooklyn, I wanted the red star tattoo that some of the old timers like Rena had Sitting in the classroom I wanted itthan ever I wanted some proof of where I d been, proof it all happened If not the truth, then at least this Evidence A testament to my faith, a scar to remember it by Red Star Tattoo is an incredible and fascinatiHow is truth defined I wrote this down I put a star beside this I underlined this I traced the ink lines of my words on the page When I first went to Brooklyn, I wanted the red star tattoo that some of the old timers like Rena had Sitting in the classroom I wanted itthan ever I wanted some proof of where I d been, proof it all happened If not the truth, then at least this Evidence A testament to my faith, a scar to remember it by Red Star Tattoo is an incredible and fascinating memoir of a childhood lived within the counterculture from commune to cadre Written in a clear and thoughtful voice, and with obvious affection for the parents who messed her up, author Sonja Larsen has produced a compelling life story When Larsen was a little girl in the late Sixties, her hippy parents moved her and her big sister from state to state in search of a utopian lifestyle, eventually settling down on a commune outside Montreal When she was eight, Larsen s parents decided to move once again, to Northern California, and as everyone knows that having a child along while hitchhiking makes the cars stop sooner, they allowed a twenty something drifter to take their daughter on the road with him to their new home This kind of laissez faire parenting defined Larsen s childhood surrounded by adults who would invite her to watch them having sex or offer her baby hits of acid sent to an anything goes alternative school if she was sent at all and although she knew her parents loved her, when they split up and she at nine was given the freedom to choose where she would live, the constant shifting between her dad in Quebec and her mom in California meant that Larsen never felt like she truly belonged anywhere at all.Ever the idealist, Larsen s mother began volunteering for the California Homemaker s Association running a soup kitchen and clothing bank, soliciting donations and handing out recruitment flyers but as mom s new friends began dropping comments about the coming revolution and teaching little Sonja about dialectics and the evils of capitalism, it becomes clear that this innocuous sounding group is actually a front for a militant offshoot of the Communist Party Personal tragedy and a feeling of not belonging force Larsen to move once again to live with her now drug dealing father, and when he eventually decided to marry his new girlfriend, Larsen determined to join the revolution and moved to Brooklyn and the National Office Central of the Communist Party USA, Provisional Wing Just sixteen, Larsen would spend the next three years devoting herself to what was essentially a doomsday cult wrapped in a veneer of humanitarianism.It s easy, in hindsight, to see what led Larsen to join what was in essence a cult she didn t feel that she belonged anywhere her parents had always made her believe that any choice that felt good was the right one her mother s hippy idealism made her believe that toppling the power structures of society would free the downtrodden from their chains of poverty And who wouldn t want to be on the winning side of the coming revolution Once she became a full party member, it s also easy to see why Larsen stayed, even despite the abuse she suffered she believed in the cause she was selected for the inner circle with sexual manipulation, micromanagement of her time, and working to exhaustion, Larsen was controlled in all the same ways used by cults everywhere her story totally reminded me of Jenna Miscavige Hill s childhood in Scientology as described in Beyond BeliefIn the darkness of his office, I thought about the thousand different ways there were not to be strong enough You could want things, like music or your own underwear or to hug a dying relative goodbye one last time You could daydream about things, like taking a bath or spending a day alone or kissing somebody You could remember people you loved or the life you had You could forget why you were here, what you were working for You could try and sleep all day, or not be able to sleep at night There were a thousand different ways to be weak But the only way to be strong was to stay As the Revolution Day of Feb 18, 1984 came and went without an uprising, a disillusioned Larsen was eventually able to break free Now working with troubled youth in Vancouver s notorious Downtown Eastside, it would seem that the author is able to put her unique history, knowledge, and idealism to valuable use This is an extraordinary memoir, a fascinating read, and I wish Sonja Larsen all the best


  2. Magdelanye Magdelanye says:

    SL takes what could be described as an unorthodox, harrowing childhood and turns it into an off Broadway musical Born into the counterculture, her resilience and inquisitive nature led her to challenge life rather than to just complain about it.This is an interesting, spirited, insiders take on the revolution that got nipped in the bud Which is why I m bumping a darn good 3,5 star book up to a 4 5 in my system 4 7


  3. Jeannette Jeannette says:

    A heartbreaking memoir written by my cool af neighbour Growing up in a commune think unstable, not idyllic , hitchhiking from Montreal to SF at 8 years of age with some random dude her dad said something like, wow, look at all the choices you have at your age , molested by her mother s boyfriend and then her best friend murdered As a young teen, she moves to Crown Heights in Brooklyn to a communist revolutionary group aka cult led by the Old Man After 3 years waiting for the revolution wh A heartbreaking memoir written by my cool af neighbour Growing up in a commune think unstable, not idyllic , hitchhiking from Montreal to SF at 8 years of age with some random dude her dad said something like, wow, look at all the choices you have at your age , molested by her mother s boyfriend and then her best friend murdered As a young teen, she moves to Crown Heights in Brooklyn to a communist revolutionary group aka cult led by the Old Man After 3 years waiting for the revolution while getting entrapped within the inner workings of the cult, she makes her escape A crazy story and a fucked up family sure makes for a page turning memoir


  4. Lex Lex says:

    DNF I read about 100 pages This was sent to me from Penguin Random House Canada.I picked this book because I thought it could be interesting and I really enjoy memoirs and reading about topics on mental illness and how bazar someone s life can be but I found this dull and boring.It doesn t help that the author is completely unknown I looked her up I don t know who she is or what else would make her interesting other than her unstable and unconventional and sad childhood I have a lot of DNF I read about 100 pages This was sent to me from Penguin Random House Canada.I picked this book because I thought it could be interesting and I really enjoy memoirs and reading about topics on mental illness and how bazar someone s life can be but I found this dull and boring.It doesn t help that the author is completely unknown I looked her up I don t know who she is or what else would make her interesting other than her unstable and unconventional and sad childhood I have a lot of stories is written as part of her bio on her website and maybe a novel would have beeninteresting to me because of her life experience I would have likedof an explanation at the beginning of the book I felt quite lost while read it and I found the writing needed a littlework or another edit This memoir included black and white photos but weren t consistent It s quite random when they pop up and for the middle section of the book there s no photos included at all until the end The placement of the photos are kind of awkward too This could maybe be a better hit to readers who can relate to Sonja s story in a personal way


  5. Danya Danya says:

    3.5 stars It started off a little confusing disjointed and uneven, but once it settled into the story of the author s teen years spent as a revolutionary it found its stride A fascinating look into a branch of the Communist Party during the 80s, from the point of a view of a young girl who lived it Sonja Larsen peels back the facade of this organization to reveal its sordid truths, and the story is told in such a way that one can easily see how the author was drawn to the party, and inter 3.5 stars It started off a little confusing disjointed and uneven, but once it settled into the story of the author s teen years spent as a revolutionary it found its stride A fascinating look into a branch of the Communist Party during the 80s, from the point of a view of a young girl who lived it Sonja Larsen peels back the facade of this organization to reveal its sordid truths, and the story is told in such a way that one can easily see how the author was drawn to the party, and internalized and normalized its many troubling realities


  6. Mary Anne Mary Anne says:

    A head shaking story what type of parent allows their 8 yo child to go hitchhiking across Canada without them And yet, her parents did And that was just the start for this autobiography Her parents joined a commune, then her mother left for the US, became a communist and followed a cult leader But her mother rose nowhere near as far in the organization as Sonja did, by joining the main office and becoming a lover of The Old Man She was 16 or so when she went there for God s sake And, fo A head shaking story what type of parent allows their 8 yo child to go hitchhiking across Canada without them And yet, her parents did And that was just the start for this autobiography Her parents joined a commune, then her mother left for the US, became a communist and followed a cult leader But her mother rose nowhere near as far in the organization as Sonja did, by joining the main office and becoming a lover of The Old Man She was 16 or so when she went there for God s sake And, for all those following his every word, he was a wretched soul, definitely a cult leader, counting down the days until the revolution He may have been the one to pull the plug on the day of the revolution, first nothing, then a police raid And the wondrous leader He got into the dumb waiter shaft Showing there is a God, it couldn t support his weight, and he broke his leg Gormless wonder Larsen managed to come out the other side of all of this and has a good marriage and a relationship with her parents though with her mother there are topics they avoid like how her mother knew her boyfriend was sexually assaulting Larsen but did nothing It was a good book, I recommend it But as this write up shows, it also made me angry A problem with non fiction I suppose


  7. mica mica says:

    CN discusses sexual assault, childhood sexual assault, cults, abuseThis book was engaging and easy to read I found it hard to put down, and ate through it incredibly quickly Larsen s prose flowed easily, and felt almost conversational at times My one issue with the book was that I felt like I could have used a littledepth to it I m not entirely sure what I m asking for here, but despite the heavy subject matter, I did find that I could have used a littleintrospection in the bo CN discusses sexual assault, childhood sexual assault, cults, abuseThis book was engaging and easy to read I found it hard to put down, and ate through it incredibly quickly Larsen s prose flowed easily, and felt almost conversational at times My one issue with the book was that I felt like I could have used a littledepth to it I m not entirely sure what I m asking for here, but despite the heavy subject matter, I did find that I could have used a littleintrospection in the book I also found that Larsen s narrative jumped around a bit, and I would have likedcontext Larsen does do an impressive job of discussing trauma without making her book too difficult to read I think it is still potentially triggering for some, but Larsen s style of writing didn t make it feel harrowing to read, in my opinion despite the severity of incidents she describes


  8. Pixie Pixie says:

    This book wasn t what I expected from the jacket so I m glad I gave it a chance I had expected a memoir based on youthful self righteousness, which would have been off putting This wasn t the case and made me rethink the type of people who join cult movements The author was yearning for a sense of purpose and belonging, excited about being part of a greater cause and clinging to this cause even as she began to observe the dark truth behind it all She is a keen observer of her own pyschology This book wasn t what I expected from the jacket so I m glad I gave it a chance I had expected a memoir based on youthful self righteousness, which would have been off putting This wasn t the case and made me rethink the type of people who join cult movements The author was yearning for a sense of purpose and belonging, excited about being part of a greater cause and clinging to this cause even as she began to observe the dark truth behind it all She is a keen observer of her own pyschology and has an astute self awareness that is surprising for someone with her history e.g high school drop out, few role models I admire this ability to examine one s own thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and judgements in such an honest and insightful way Which makes this an effective memoir at the end of the day It s all about figuring yourself out the best in you and the worst in you Making sense of it and changing course to a path that works for you


  9. Lucile Barker Lucile Barker says:

    43 Red Star Tattoo my Life as a Girl Revolutionary by Sonya LarsenThe author states that to have an interesting memoir you have to have a screwed up family She most certainly did, parents who were into communes until they divorced Then she commuted between her parents in California and Montreal until deciding to join a cell of the Communist party that her mother was in Sonya ends up at the main house in Brooklyn, and soon becomes the leader s mistress But she isn t the only one, and she b 43 Red Star Tattoo my Life as a Girl Revolutionary by Sonya LarsenThe author states that to have an interesting memoir you have to have a screwed up family She most certainly did, parents who were into communes until they divorced Then she commuted between her parents in California and Montreal until deciding to join a cell of the Communist party that her mother was in Sonya ends up at the main house in Brooklyn, and soon becomes the leader s mistress But she isn t the only one, and she begins to see the flaws in her life Her description of being on watch is paranoia making I lived two blocks from that street in the 1980s and had no idea This cell was actually farlike a cult and her escape to normality is harrowing


  10. Lester Lester says:

    Humans..oh humans We are not born to be revolutionaries, or christians, or racists, or catholics etc We are RAISED to be those things Essentially by a form of brainwashing..raised to be..for the most part..what we will become, by parents or extended family or peers or or or.Yep yep yep..The good part of human life..is that once a human begins to know what is really right or wrong..a choice is made..sometimes over and over..but still choice.Thank you for the insight and story of part Humans..oh humans We are not born to be revolutionaries, or christians, or racists, or catholics etc We are RAISED to be those things Essentially by a form of brainwashing..raised to be..for the most part..what we will become, by parents or extended family or peers or or or.Yep yep yep..The good part of human life..is that once a human begins to know what is really right or wrong..a choice is made..sometimes over and over..but still choice.Thank you for the insight and story of part of your life Sonja Larsen


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10 thoughts on “Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary

  1. Krista Krista says:

    How is truth defined I wrote this down I put a star beside this I underlined this I traced the ink lines of my words on the page When I first went to Brooklyn, I wanted the red star tattoo that some of the old timers like Rena had Sitting in the classroom I wanted itthan ever I wanted some proof of where I d been, proof it all happened If not the truth, then at least this Evidence A testament to my faith, a scar to remember it by Red Star Tattoo is an incredible and fascinatiHow is truth defined I wrote this down I put a star beside this I underlined this I traced the ink lines of my words on the page When I first went to Brooklyn, I wanted the red star tattoo that some of the old timers like Rena had Sitting in the classroom I wanted itthan ever I wanted some proof of where I d been, proof it all happened If not the truth, then at least this Evidence A testament to my faith, a scar to remember it by Red Star Tattoo is an incredible and fascinating memoir of a childhood lived within the counterculture from commune to cadre Written in a clear and thoughtful voice, and with obvious affection for the parents who messed her up, author Sonja Larsen has produced a compelling life story When Larsen was a little girl in the late Sixties, her hippy parents moved her and her big sister from state to state in search of a utopian lifestyle, eventually settling down on a commune outside Montreal When she was eight, Larsen s parents decided to move once again, to Northern California, and as everyone knows that having a child along while hitchhiking makes the cars stop sooner, they allowed a twenty something drifter to take their daughter on the road with him to their new home This kind of laissez faire parenting defined Larsen s childhood surrounded by adults who would invite her to watch them having sex or offer her baby hits of acid sent to an anything goes alternative school if she was sent at all and although she knew her parents loved her, when they split up and she at nine was given the freedom to choose where she would live, the constant shifting between her dad in Quebec and her mom in California meant that Larsen never felt like she truly belonged anywhere at all.Ever the idealist, Larsen s mother began volunteering for the California Homemaker s Association running a soup kitchen and clothing bank, soliciting donations and handing out recruitment flyers but as mom s new friends began dropping comments about the coming revolution and teaching little Sonja about dialectics and the evils of capitalism, it becomes clear that this innocuous sounding group is actually a front for a militant offshoot of the Communist Party Personal tragedy and a feeling of not belonging force Larsen to move once again to live with her now drug dealing father, and when he eventually decided to marry his new girlfriend, Larsen determined to join the revolution and moved to Brooklyn and the National Office Central of the Communist Party USA, Provisional Wing Just sixteen, Larsen would spend the next three years devoting herself to what was essentially a doomsday cult wrapped in a veneer of humanitarianism.It s easy, in hindsight, to see what led Larsen to join what was in essence a cult she didn t feel that she belonged anywhere her parents had always made her believe that any choice that felt good was the right one her mother s hippy idealism made her believe that toppling the power structures of society would free the downtrodden from their chains of poverty And who wouldn t want to be on the winning side of the coming revolution Once she became a full party member, it s also easy to see why Larsen stayed, even despite the abuse she suffered she believed in the cause she was selected for the inner circle with sexual manipulation, micromanagement of her time, and working to exhaustion, Larsen was controlled in all the same ways used by cults everywhere her story totally reminded me of Jenna Miscavige Hill s childhood in Scientology as described in Beyond BeliefIn the darkness of his office, I thought about the thousand different ways there were not to be strong enough You could want things, like music or your own underwear or to hug a dying relative goodbye one last time You could daydream about things, like taking a bath or spending a day alone or kissing somebody You could remember people you loved or the life you had You could forget why you were here, what you were working for You could try and sleep all day, or not be able to sleep at night There were a thousand different ways to be weak But the only way to be strong was to stay As the Revolution Day of Feb 18, 1984 came and went without an uprising, a disillusioned Larsen was eventually able to break free Now working with troubled youth in Vancouver s notorious Downtown Eastside, it would seem that the author is able to put her unique history, knowledge, and idealism to valuable use This is an extraordinary memoir, a fascinating read, and I wish Sonja Larsen all the best


  2. Magdelanye Magdelanye says:

    SL takes what could be described as an unorthodox, harrowing childhood and turns it into an off Broadway musical Born into the counterculture, her resilience and inquisitive nature led her to challenge life rather than to just complain about it.This is an interesting, spirited, insiders take on the revolution that got nipped in the bud Which is why I m bumping a darn good 3,5 star book up to a 4 5 in my system 4 7


  3. Jeannette Jeannette says:

    A heartbreaking memoir written by my cool af neighbour Growing up in a commune think unstable, not idyllic , hitchhiking from Montreal to SF at 8 years of age with some random dude her dad said something like, wow, look at all the choices you have at your age , molested by her mother s boyfriend and then her best friend murdered As a young teen, she moves to Crown Heights in Brooklyn to a communist revolutionary group aka cult led by the Old Man After 3 years waiting for the revolution wh A heartbreaking memoir written by my cool af neighbour Growing up in a commune think unstable, not idyllic , hitchhiking from Montreal to SF at 8 years of age with some random dude her dad said something like, wow, look at all the choices you have at your age , molested by her mother s boyfriend and then her best friend murdered As a young teen, she moves to Crown Heights in Brooklyn to a communist revolutionary group aka cult led by the Old Man After 3 years waiting for the revolution while getting entrapped within the inner workings of the cult, she makes her escape A crazy story and a fucked up family sure makes for a page turning memoir


  4. Lex Lex says:

    DNF I read about 100 pages This was sent to me from Penguin Random House Canada.I picked this book because I thought it could be interesting and I really enjoy memoirs and reading about topics on mental illness and how bazar someone s life can be but I found this dull and boring.It doesn t help that the author is completely unknown I looked her up I don t know who she is or what else would make her interesting other than her unstable and unconventional and sad childhood I have a lot of DNF I read about 100 pages This was sent to me from Penguin Random House Canada.I picked this book because I thought it could be interesting and I really enjoy memoirs and reading about topics on mental illness and how bazar someone s life can be but I found this dull and boring.It doesn t help that the author is completely unknown I looked her up I don t know who she is or what else would make her interesting other than her unstable and unconventional and sad childhood I have a lot of stories is written as part of her bio on her website and maybe a novel would have beeninteresting to me because of her life experience I would have likedof an explanation at the beginning of the book I felt quite lost while read it and I found the writing needed a littlework or another edit This memoir included black and white photos but weren t consistent It s quite random when they pop up and for the middle section of the book there s no photos included at all until the end The placement of the photos are kind of awkward too This could maybe be a better hit to readers who can relate to Sonja s story in a personal way


  5. Danya Danya says:

    3.5 stars It started off a little confusing disjointed and uneven, but once it settled into the story of the author s teen years spent as a revolutionary it found its stride A fascinating look into a branch of the Communist Party during the 80s, from the point of a view of a young girl who lived it Sonja Larsen peels back the facade of this organization to reveal its sordid truths, and the story is told in such a way that one can easily see how the author was drawn to the party, and inter 3.5 stars It started off a little confusing disjointed and uneven, but once it settled into the story of the author s teen years spent as a revolutionary it found its stride A fascinating look into a branch of the Communist Party during the 80s, from the point of a view of a young girl who lived it Sonja Larsen peels back the facade of this organization to reveal its sordid truths, and the story is told in such a way that one can easily see how the author was drawn to the party, and internalized and normalized its many troubling realities


  6. Mary Anne Mary Anne says:

    A head shaking story what type of parent allows their 8 yo child to go hitchhiking across Canada without them And yet, her parents did And that was just the start for this autobiography Her parents joined a commune, then her mother left for the US, became a communist and followed a cult leader But her mother rose nowhere near as far in the organization as Sonja did, by joining the main office and becoming a lover of The Old Man She was 16 or so when she went there for God s sake And, fo A head shaking story what type of parent allows their 8 yo child to go hitchhiking across Canada without them And yet, her parents did And that was just the start for this autobiography Her parents joined a commune, then her mother left for the US, became a communist and followed a cult leader But her mother rose nowhere near as far in the organization as Sonja did, by joining the main office and becoming a lover of The Old Man She was 16 or so when she went there for God s sake And, for all those following his every word, he was a wretched soul, definitely a cult leader, counting down the days until the revolution He may have been the one to pull the plug on the day of the revolution, first nothing, then a police raid And the wondrous leader He got into the dumb waiter shaft Showing there is a God, it couldn t support his weight, and he broke his leg Gormless wonder Larsen managed to come out the other side of all of this and has a good marriage and a relationship with her parents though with her mother there are topics they avoid like how her mother knew her boyfriend was sexually assaulting Larsen but did nothing It was a good book, I recommend it But as this write up shows, it also made me angry A problem with non fiction I suppose


  7. mica mica says:

    CN discusses sexual assault, childhood sexual assault, cults, abuseThis book was engaging and easy to read I found it hard to put down, and ate through it incredibly quickly Larsen s prose flowed easily, and felt almost conversational at times My one issue with the book was that I felt like I could have used a littledepth to it I m not entirely sure what I m asking for here, but despite the heavy subject matter, I did find that I could have used a littleintrospection in the bo CN discusses sexual assault, childhood sexual assault, cults, abuseThis book was engaging and easy to read I found it hard to put down, and ate through it incredibly quickly Larsen s prose flowed easily, and felt almost conversational at times My one issue with the book was that I felt like I could have used a littledepth to it I m not entirely sure what I m asking for here, but despite the heavy subject matter, I did find that I could have used a littleintrospection in the book I also found that Larsen s narrative jumped around a bit, and I would have likedcontext Larsen does do an impressive job of discussing trauma without making her book too difficult to read I think it is still potentially triggering for some, but Larsen s style of writing didn t make it feel harrowing to read, in my opinion despite the severity of incidents she describes


  8. Pixie Pixie says:

    This book wasn t what I expected from the jacket so I m glad I gave it a chance I had expected a memoir based on youthful self righteousness, which would have been off putting This wasn t the case and made me rethink the type of people who join cult movements The author was yearning for a sense of purpose and belonging, excited about being part of a greater cause and clinging to this cause even as she began to observe the dark truth behind it all She is a keen observer of her own pyschology This book wasn t what I expected from the jacket so I m glad I gave it a chance I had expected a memoir based on youthful self righteousness, which would have been off putting This wasn t the case and made me rethink the type of people who join cult movements The author was yearning for a sense of purpose and belonging, excited about being part of a greater cause and clinging to this cause even as she began to observe the dark truth behind it all She is a keen observer of her own pyschology and has an astute self awareness that is surprising for someone with her history e.g high school drop out, few role models I admire this ability to examine one s own thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and judgements in such an honest and insightful way Which makes this an effective memoir at the end of the day It s all about figuring yourself out the best in you and the worst in you Making sense of it and changing course to a path that works for you


  9. Lucile Barker Lucile Barker says:

    43 Red Star Tattoo my Life as a Girl Revolutionary by Sonya LarsenThe author states that to have an interesting memoir you have to have a screwed up family She most certainly did, parents who were into communes until they divorced Then she commuted between her parents in California and Montreal until deciding to join a cell of the Communist party that her mother was in Sonya ends up at the main house in Brooklyn, and soon becomes the leader s mistress But she isn t the only one, and she b 43 Red Star Tattoo my Life as a Girl Revolutionary by Sonya LarsenThe author states that to have an interesting memoir you have to have a screwed up family She most certainly did, parents who were into communes until they divorced Then she commuted between her parents in California and Montreal until deciding to join a cell of the Communist party that her mother was in Sonya ends up at the main house in Brooklyn, and soon becomes the leader s mistress But she isn t the only one, and she begins to see the flaws in her life Her description of being on watch is paranoia making I lived two blocks from that street in the 1980s and had no idea This cell was actually farlike a cult and her escape to normality is harrowing


  10. Lester Lester says:

    Humans..oh humans We are not born to be revolutionaries, or christians, or racists, or catholics etc We are RAISED to be those things Essentially by a form of brainwashing..raised to be..for the most part..what we will become, by parents or extended family or peers or or or.Yep yep yep..The good part of human life..is that once a human begins to know what is really right or wrong..a choice is made..sometimes over and over..but still choice.Thank you for the insight and story of part Humans..oh humans We are not born to be revolutionaries, or christians, or racists, or catholics etc We are RAISED to be those things Essentially by a form of brainwashing..raised to be..for the most part..what we will become, by parents or extended family or peers or or or.Yep yep yep..The good part of human life..is that once a human begins to know what is really right or wrong..a choice is made..sometimes over and over..but still choice.Thank you for the insight and story of part of your life Sonja Larsen


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