Sisters of the Extreme by Cynthia Palmer
Women Writing on the Drug Experience: <BR>Charlotte Brontë, Louisa May Alcott, Anaïs Nin, Maya Angelou, Billie Holiday, Nina Hagen, ... di Prima, Carrie Fisher, and Many Others

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• 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, Anais Nin, 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, peyote, cocaine, heroine, MDMA, or marijuana, 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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"Smoking grass eased the strain for me. I made a connection at a restaurant nearby. People called it Mary Jane, hash, grass, gauge, weed, pot, and I had absolutely no fear of using it." Maya Angelou "A fascinating book.  I didn't realize I had so many sisters of the extreme." Grace Slick, Lead Singer of Jefferson Airplane "A long-overdue addition to the literature of drug experiences. . . . Gives a new perspective on the complex reasons for human involvement with psychoactive substances." Andrew Weil, M.D., Author of Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health "A most important contribution to the understanding of the feminine psyche.  An amazing and extensive collection of first-hand narratives of psychological and visionary importance." Joan Halifax, Author of Shamanic Voices "It is scholarly yet not academic, exhaustively researched, and contains an indispensable bibliography.  The spectrum of substances documented is comprehensive.  For the adolescent, the general reader, the psychonaut, the literary/social historian, or the lone wolf looking to find a home on Mars, Sisters of the Extreme is an indispensable and insirational work." Paul Wessels, Cape Times, February 23, 200
 
Published May 1, 2000 by Park Street Press. 310 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction

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