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Expecting to Fly

(2004)
A Sixties Reckoning
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DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO BE FIFTEEN? MARTHA TOD DUDMAN DOES.

It starts with a blue hash pipe in a shabby field and a hot, tight dance at the Mayflower Hotel, and rapidly accelerates against the kaleidoscopic backdrop of the Sixties.

Describing a time weirdly similar to today, Expecting to Fly recalls a conservative government embroiled in an increasingly unpopular war, racial tensions, and a generation of disillusioned young people looking for something meaningful to believe in -- teenagers who, like Dudman, hurled themselves into a sea of drugs and sex they weren't really ready for.

With the same passion and brutal honesty that she brought to her first book, Augusta, Gone -- the story of her daughter's troubled adolescence -- Dudman re-creates her own wild ride through the turbulent Sixties, vividly recounting scenes you probably experienced yourself.

From the prim tradition of a posh girls' school and debutante parties of Washington, D.C., to the snows of New Hampshire and the campaign for Eugene McCarthy, from living out of a knapsack in Spain to getting stoned on acid in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Expecting to Fly takes us on a blistering trip to a time when the only thing you couldn't be was shocked.

Now, years later, Dudman reflects on that time and what it means: "Which was it -- triumph, exploration, some important journey, or just a big stupid mistake, a total waste of time?"

You decide.

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Hardback Editions

February 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Expecting to Fly: A Sixties Reckoning
Author(s): Martha Tod Dudman
ISBN: 0-7432-4773-6 / 978-0-7432-4773-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

June 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Expecting to Fly: A Sixties Reckoning
Author(s): Martha Tod Dudman
ISBN: 1-4165-6811-5 / 978-1-4165-6811-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Expecting to Fly: A Sixties Reckoning
Author(s): Martha Tod Dudman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Expecting to Fly: A Sixties Reckoning
Author(s): Martha Tod Dudman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA