The Book of the Week is “Johnny’s Girl: A Daughter’s Memoir of Growing Up in Alaska’s Underworld” by Kim Rich, published in 1993. In this book, Ms. Rich described her unusual childhood in Alaska, a place to which organized crime figures such as her father fled, to hide from the authorities. Her mother, an ex-stripper, was in and out of mental hospitals. Ms. Rich came of age in the 1960’s, about which she had this to say:
“Life was a trip… The one sure way to fail was not to take the trip… out of the middle class, away from the lives your parents had led… The idea was, you would end up a happy, fully realized human being only if you took some risks. Taking a risk could mean joining the Peace Corps or hitchhiking across Europe, dropping acid or dating a black guy, becoming a vegetarian or chanting ‘Hare Krishna’ or quitting a job to go to New Hampshire to campaign for Gene McCarthy.”
Read the book to find out what kind of trip Ms. Rich took.