Tuesday, 10 June 2014

AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE




ISBN-13: 978-1-4525-8907-7
Writer: Barbara Williamson with Nancy Bacon
Title: An Extraordinary Life
Subtitle: Love, Sex and Commitment
Language: English
Place of Publication: Bloomington, IN
Publisher: Balboa Press
Year of Publication: 2014
Format: 151x230mm (trimmed)
Pages: ix+190
Illustrations: 10 colour and black and white pictures and line drawings by Terri Woodhams
Binding: paperback in duotone printed wrappers
Weight: 297gr.
Original Price: USD 14.99
Entry Date: 2014019
Entry Date: 10th June 2014
BOOK REVIEW

Author Barbara Williamson shares her story for the first time ever as co-founder of the highly  successful and controversial Sandstone Retreat in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
SANDSTONE Retreat quickly became outrageously popular with membership reaching five hundred, and numerous newspapers, magazines, books, movies, and television shows clamoring for interviews.
SANDSTONE Retreat became known as the hub of the sexual revolution. John was branded as “The Messiah of Sex” and I as the most liberated woman in America. Based on mutual trust and friendship, the bond between John and me grew so strong that we were inseparable for forty-seven years until his death.
University  professors nationwide rushed to visit this new kind of unstructured free love community to view and study members joyously living an alternate lifestyle. The dress code was optional but most everyone preferred nudity.
Our goal at Sandstone was understanding society and setting it free. We believe in the sexual self as being at the core of organized social behavior. When sexuality is distorted, it leads to a distortion of the basic self.
Upon my retirement we settled in Fallon, Nevada, and responded to an urgent call to save the lives of lions and tigers facing homelessness and euthanasia. Within thirty days, a permanent home was built for them. This book offers insight into their personalities. It may shock you to know how much alike we are with these magical creatures on the brink of extinction.
humanistic one, committed to the propositions that human happiness is the end of man, that sexual enjoyment is a significant part of human happiness, and that sex should be approached not with fear or guilt but with openness and receptiveness. The several authors are united by a common concern to evaluate human sexuality in the contemporary world and to provide direction for those who demand a new.

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