"A great and tender read."
—Chuck Fager, Writer and Activist
"Hanrahan's memoir is great historical drama and passionate sentiment rolled into 300 riveting pages of rollicking, harsh and delicate revelation."
—Bill Branyon, author of Liberating Liberals
"Hanrahan skillfully weaves details of neighborhood, church and family life with fierce honesty, telling her story in the context of Memphis' political and social upheavals. I couldn't put the book down! What a courageous and original author and human Clare Hanrahan is!"
—Ellen Thomas, Activist Women's International League for Peace & Freedom
Clare Hanrahan's book charts her childhood in the predominantly Baptist and segregated Memphis of the 1950s and 60s, telling her story in the context of the political and social realities of the times and making her Memphis home "come hilariously, seriously, and deliriously alive," as she details this period of Southern history and explores how it shaped her life motivating her lifelong activism and off-the-grid experiences down the Mississippi, and in the Appalachian Mountains, and her explorations in Ireland and incarceration in Alderson (WVa) Federal Prison.
Clare Hanrahan is an Asheville author, activist, community organizer, and wayside gardener. She has been participating in and reporting on direct action events throughout the Southeast U.S. for decades. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and deepened her education during a six-month prison sentence for peaceful protest. She is author of Jailed for Justice: A Woman's Guide to Federal Prison Camp and Conscience & Consequence: A Prison Memoir. Both titles available through Celtic WordCraft Books.