Natural Born Guilt–My Tragicomedy: Happy To Hippie To Hooked
Natural Born Guilt, a book by Jacqueline Mendelson, offers a glimpse into the life of a young, talented, and mischievous girl growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. The younger daughter tells this funny, passionate tale of a middle-class Jewish family that adopted her sister just months before finding out they were expecting her. See what happens when the natural-born child feels betrayed by, yet protective of, her older adopted sister. You’ll find out how mounting misperceptions, secrets, and jealousies created an ever-widening chasm between the sisters, driving our author closer toward the edge of no return.
Chapter by chapter, you will discover how a nice Jewish girl takes such a journey from sheltered daughter to “junkie.” Was it the proximity to the notorious Haight-Ashbury district of the City in 1966? Was it simply Jackie’s desire to experience everything in life? Or, was it the broken parts inside of her and just a way to cope?
Join Jackie on her journey from the suburbs of Northern California to the Haight Ashbury, where she mingled with the Hippie Elite, rock stars, and later to become a heroin addict. Get introduced to the people in her life, her escapades, and her brushes with the law. Through her eyes, you will get a clear understanding of how she went from happy to hippie to hooked. Add in the daffy and sometimes crazy antics of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends, and you have a rich, colorful tale about coming of age in the 1960s.