Hippie Chick: Coming of Age in the '60s

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She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Born in New Jersey as the youngest of six to a mother who was seriously ill, Ilene English became something of a lost child. In spite of this, she was a free spirit, her life fueled by an innate sense of optimism and determination. As a young woman, she became an early psychedelic pioneer, experimenting with LSD during a time when it was still legal and its effects were not yet fully comprehended. During the sixties, she, along with an entire community of fellow trippers, innocently thought that they could change the world into one that valued love over materialism through psychedelics. Today, years later, English is a licensed psychotherapist. Her life experience informs her work as a healer and a teacher. Hippie Chick is her first book.
2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Best Cover Design (Non-Fiction)
2022 Book Excellence Awards Winner in Women's Non-Fiction

2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Winner in Autobiography & Memoir

2020 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Silver Medal in Non-Fiction: Historical

2020 CIBA Journey Book Awards Finalist

2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Women's Issues (Non-Fiction)

2021 International Book Awards Finalist in Autobiography/Memoir

"To have lived all of this with such relish, loved and lost so many
times, and emerged as someone centered in a career, happily married,
with a grown daughter who loves her: that is something to be proud of
and amazed by."

--Mark Matousek, teacher and author of When You're Falling, Dive

"Ilene English, a woman warrior with a wide-open heart, was already
breaking racial and sexual taboos before the flowering of the
counterculture. Her spare, candid style is the perfect vehicle to carry
the reader from East Coast to West-Coast, traditional life to Bohemian
freedom, and ultimately to the flowering of wisdom. I so enjoyed this

--Peter Coyote, actor, author, and Zen Buddhist priest

"For those who remember the sixties--which began in the mid-1950s and
didn't end until the mid-1970s--and who think it was always groovy to be a
'hippie chick, ' Ilene English's new memoir will provide a rude
awakening. This first-person narrative tells it like it was on the Farm
in Tennessee; in Eugene, Oregon, a beehive of hippie activity; and on
the hippie highway, which stretched from coast to coast. For those who
want to experience, vicariously, a time when hippie chicks felt 'juicy
and sexy, ' as English says she felt, well, dig it, man."

--Jonah Raskin, author of Rock and Roll Women: Portraits of a Generation