Riding the Cyclone by Lauren Ruth Wiener
Growing Up Feral In the '60s

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When Lauren Ruth Wiener was six, her mother died without warning. More
interested in dating than child-rearing, her father left her in the care
of a violent, unhinged nanny. A riveting first-person account, Riding the Cyclone
careens like the Coney Island roller coaster from gut-wrenching sadism
to hilariously caustic commentary as Lauren tries to make sense of her
world. Growing up in extreme isolation amid suburban affluence, she
suffers from the profound disconnect between appearance and reality.
Seeking freedom from her terrifying home in an idyllic private high
school, Lauren finds her inner chaos mirrored in the upheavals of the
'60s.
 

About Lauren Ruth Wiener

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Lauren Ruth Wiener was born in New York City in the summer of 1953. Riding the Cyclone is the story of her first eighteen years. From 1971-75 she attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After graduating with that distinctive certificate of the screwed-up, a bachelor's degree in psychology, she taught English as a second language in Japan, then pursued a master's in linguistics, first at Brown University, and then the University of Pennsylvania. Proudly clutching her nearly useless degree, she moved back to Portland, Oregon, where she taught English to foreign students and took care of reptiles and lost all perspective at the thought of never moving again. And thereby hangs a tale. Next....
 
Published November 20, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 316 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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When Wiener loses her mother tragically at the age of 6, rather than attempting to help his young daughter grieve, Wiener’s inattentive father hires a surly and often extremely violent nanny to raise his children.

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