Unmute Yourself, Girlfriend: A Class Act - a Zoom through the Pandemic at Seventy
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Delicious Dive "Unmute Yourself, Girlfriend" is a delicious dive-backward and forward-through the lives of 43 women from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Class of 1968. I reflected on the historic sixties as these women reminisced about "becoming" grown-ups, mused about living through COVID-19, and rode through the tumultuous years of the 45th Presidency. The personal collection left me feeling envious of their sisterhood and a mostly remarkable education as I yearned to connect to my high school classmates. I could hear their honest, thoughtful, and candid voices while imagining them at 17, 45, and now 70+ years old. Thank you 212ers for giving me a personal glimpse of your fully lived lives.
Unmute Yourself, Girlfriend Gripping accounts of life from the perspective of my classmates from the Class of 212 at Girl's High to the present. Hard to put down. Will have to reread many times to truly appreciate the depth of emotions my classmates experienced and how they progressed through life. Stories of how the challenges framed their development and careers. Amazing accomplishments! Brought to reality that each and every one of us sees the world in a truly unique way. Reinforced the importance of getting to know people to truly understand them. Congrats to the 43 classmates who shared these intimate perspectives.
Unmute Yourself, Girlfriend Like pearls on a necklace, "Unmute Yourself, Girlfriend" is an outstanding collection of reminiscences by a generation of strong women, who shared coming of age at the same unique high school, The Philadelphia High School for Girls. Forty-three members of the Class of '68 (#212) share their paths through high school and into a nation embroiled in the Vietnam War, Civil Rights, the shedding of social restraints, and the use of recreational drugs. They navigated the era to successful careers and fascinating lives. The book is a captivating retrospective imbued with the wisdom that is brought by experience. Two thumbs up!
Absolutely Captivating What a joy to read a first hand account of my Alma Mater through the vantage point of 46 alumnae! To read it as an account from the time point of the mid to late sixties and then fast forward to 2020, was what pulled me in from the start. Although each story was different, there were numerous, truthful similarities to what was experienced by many alumnae generations later. There were some authors who expressed attending GHS as a vehicle to remove themselves from the sameness of their cultural and familial expectations which so resonated with me. There were also stories of forming life long diverse friendships, of building illustrious careers, and of adventures which are similar among my own class sisters. To tie this all to the rekindling of bonds and friendships during the pandemic was the cherry on the top. This was one book I couldn't put down. I am happy that the intangible spirit lives on and gets us through the worst of times!
Exceptional This coming of age book at 70, A Zoom Through the Pandemic, is a compilation of memories from the recent and distant past. All the writings have something that will touch peoples' lives with smiles, guffaws, and tears. But for me, the class act was the hiker's story. Wow! To have been walking so far for so long, way before COVID is such a gift. Blessed with a passion to hike was the way to keep her body and soul together through the pandemic, especially at 70. Congratulations on coming full circle! Buy this book; it is a gem.