A young lesbian girl grows beyond fear to fearlessness as she comes of age in the ’60s amid religious, social, and legal barriers.
Carol Anderson grows up in a fundamentalist Christian home in the 60s, a time when being gay was in opposition to all social and religious mores and against the law in most states. Fearing the rejection of her parents, she hides the truth about her love orientation, creating emotional distance from them for years, as she desperately struggles to harness her powerful attractions to women while pursuing false efforts to be with men.
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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Before becoming a full time writer I was an organizational consultant and leadership coach who supported people to live more authentic lives in and outside of work.
Travelling the world for work and pleasure has always expanded my sense of wonder and gratitude. My most recent trips were to Kenya, New Zealand, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and The Dominican Republic. Exposure to many different cultures engenders a deep respect for the resilience and beauty of people around the world, and inspires my sense of global citizenship.
My passions are photography, travel and empowering women to lead lives of their own choosing. Founding Rebellious Dreamers, a twenty-year strong non-profit organization that helps women over age 35 realize dreams, has been a way to positively impact women on their path to realize their personal visions.
I am co-author of the essay “Deeper Power” in Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership,” author of the essay, “What is it About Memoir” in the Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey. My award-winning first memoir, You Can’t Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties, was published in 2017 by She Writes Press. I consider it one of my greatest and most life-changing accomplishments, I am working on a second memoir tentatively entitled, Love is Art: From Myth to Real Magic
My goal at this stage is to live with a peaceful heart – a state regularly cultivated through walks in nature, meditation, and heartfelt conversation with friends. I live with the love of my life and our entertaining pup, Saxon, in a nature sanctuary in Ann Arbor, MI.