Not the Camilla We Knew: One Woman's Life from Small-Town America to the Symbionese Liberation Army

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University of Minnesota Press
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5.38 X 8.25 X 0.5 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Rachael Hanel is associate professor of creative nonfiction and journalism at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her book We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter, also from the University of Minnesota Press, was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Her essays have been published in print and online in the anthology Love and Profanity: A Collection of True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, Concise, and Intense Tales of Teenage Life; Slag Glass City; Midwestern Gothic; WLA: War, Literature, and the Arts; The Bellingham Review; and New Delta Review.


"Who are the shadows in the background of shocking events? Rachael Hanel's compelling exploration of Camilla Hall, a likable Minnesota social worker turned Berkeley lesbian artist turned player in the most notorious political kidnapping of its time, grippingly illuminates the barely perceptible line between an unrelenting passion for justice and devastating choices from which one can't return."--Barrie Jean Borich, author of Apocalypse, Darling and Body Geographic

"In this captivating work of narrative journalism, Rachael Hanel explores how people can become radicalized in the face of governmental failure, charting the path from idealism to violence to tragedy. At its heart, this is a book about womanhood and belonging--and one woman's quest to understand another, to find the empathy and humanity that live beyond the headlines if we only try hard enough to see."--Melissa Faliveno, author of Tomboyland: Essays