A Pocket History of Sex in the Twentieth Century: A Memoir

A Pocket History of Sex in the Twentieth Century: A Memoir

Jane Vandenburgh


Born into “a yes type of family”—affluent, white, Protestant—Jane Vandenburgh got here of age whilst the sexual revolution was once sweeping the cultural panorama, making its mark in a manner that might switch our manners and mores ceaselessly. yet what started as an all-American existence quickly spun off and went spectacularly awry.
Her father, an architect with a in demand l. a. enterprise, was once arrested a number of occasions for being in homosexual bars in the course of the Nineteen Fifties, and purely freed while her grandfather paid bribes to the L.A.P.D. He used to be eventually put in a psychiatric sanatorium to be “cured” of his homosexuality, and devoted suicide whilst she was once 9. Her mother—an artist and freethinker—lost custody of her youngsters while she was once devoted to a psychological health center. the writer and her brothers have been raised by way of an aunt and uncle who had, below one roof, seven childrens and difficulties in their own.
In the midst of non-public trauma and loss, Vandenburgh delights in revealing better truths approximately American tradition and her existence inside it. Quirky, witty, and uncannily clever, A Pocket background of intercourse within the 20th Century is an excellent mixture of memoir and cultural revelation.

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