Sister Of The Road: The Autobiorgraphy Of Boxcar Bertha

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The frank, uncensored story of a wandering woman of the underworld.

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Intimate facts of a woman hobo's methods and habits: a life story that has no parallel. Swapping tales around the campfirre in hobo jungles, hanging out on free love commune farms and in artistic circles in Greenwich Village, working in a whorehouse, circulating among tramps, yeggs, pimps, bohemians, wobblies, and other radicals ... despite the plentiful woes, this is a portrait of an entrancing world. It's a window onto a wildly under-appreciated dropout culture that gets left out of history books. SISTER OF THE ROAD meant to assault the puritanism and hyprocrisy of conventional society and in this it succeeded. The free-thinking and free-loving ways of Bertha Thompson, the rowdy and funky world conjured in this book, were all too much for the guardians of propriety when it was first published in 1937.

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Author Dr. Ben Reitman
Publisher A.K. Press
Page Count 205pp
Publication Size 6" x 9"
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date 2002
ISBN 978-1902593036

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