Carol Anderson is raised in a fundamentalist Christian home in the ’60s, at a time when being gay is in opposition to all social and religious mores and against the law in most states. Fearing the rejection of her parents, with whom she shares a loving relationship, she hides the truth and pursues false romances with men while struggling to harness her powerful attractions to women.
The watershed point in Carol’s journey comes when she returns to graduate school and discovers the feminist movement, which emboldens her sense of personal power and the freedom to love whom she chooses. But this sense of self-possession comes too late for honesty with her father. His unexpected death before she can tell him the truth brings the full cost of Carol’s secret crashing in compelling her to come out to her mother before it is too late.
Candid and poignant, You Can’t Buy Love Like That reveals the complex invisible dynamics that arise for gay people who are forced to hide their true selves in order to survive and celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one’s courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.
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Carol E. Anderson’s debut memoir, You Can’t Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties, was hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a work that “movingly renders the complex emotional landscape of living in and out of the closet.” Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards named it Outstanding General Non-Fiction for 2018. And, BuzzFeed selected it as one of five books to celebrate LGBT History Month in 2017. Carol’s essays have appeared in Huffington Post, Curve Magazine, and The Advocate.
Carol has traveled the world extensively for work and pleasure, including on a philanthropic mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a photo safari in Kenya. She holds a doctorate in spiritual studies, and master’s degrees in psychology, organizational development, and creative nonfiction. She is the founder of Rebellious Dreamers, a twenty-year strong non-profit organization that has helped women realize dreams they’ve deferred and women of all ages come into their own. She lives with the love of her life and their sassy pup in a nature sanctuary in Ann Arbor, MI.