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Sisters of the Extreme: Women Writing on the Drug Experience, Including Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May
Alcott, Anais Nin, Maya Angelou, Billie Holiday, Nina Hagen, Carrie Fisher, and
Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz, eds.
An anthology of writings by some of the most
influential women in history on the often misunderstood and
misrepresented female drug experience.
With great honesty, bravery, and frankness, women from diverse
backgrounds write about their drug experiences.
Women have been experimenting with drugs since prehistoric times, and
yet published accounts of their views on the drug experience have been
relegated to either antiseptic sociological studies or sensationalized
stories splashed across the tabloids. The media has given us an
enduring, but inaccurate, stereotype of a female drug user: passive,
addicted, exploited, degraded, promiscuous. But the selections in this
anthology--penned by such famous names as Billie Holiday,
Maya Angelou, and Carrie Fisher -- show us that the real experiences
of women are anything but stereotypical.
Sisters of the Extreme provides us with writings by women from
diverse occupations and backgrounds, from prostitute to physician, who
through their use of drugs dared cross the boundaries set by
society--often doing so with the hope of expanding themselves and their
vision of the world. Whether with LSD,
cocaine, heroin, MDMA, or
these women have sought to reach, through their experimentation, other
levels of consciousness. Sometimes their quests have brought unexpected
rewards, other times great suffering and misfortune. But wherever their
trips have left them, these women have lived courageously--if sometimes
dangerously--and written about their journeys eloquently.
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