The lost daughter

by Williams, Mary, 1967-

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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CLP - Homewood African American F869.O2 W55 2013
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Call Number  F869.O2 W55 2013
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F869.O2 W55 2013
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Clairton Public Library Biography B W55
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Collection  Biography
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Biography 92 WILLIAMS Mary
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 92 WILLIAMS
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Sewickley Public Library Biography B WILLIAMS 2013
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A daughter of the Black Panther movement tells her remarkable life story of being raised amid violence and near-poverty, adopted as a teenager by Jane Fonda, and finding her way back home.
As she grew up in 1970s Oakland, California, role models for Mary Williams were few and far between: her father was often in prison, her older sister was a teenage prostitute, and her hot-tempered mother struggled to raise six children alone. When Mary was thirteen, a silver lining appeared in her life: she was invited to spend a summer at Laurel Springs Children's Camp, run by Jane Fonda and her then husband, Tom Hayden. Mary flourished at camp, and over the course of several summers, she began confiding in Fonda about her difficulties at home. During one school year, Mary suffered a nightmare assault crime, which she kept secret until she told a camp counselor and Fonda. After providing care and therapy for Mary, Fonda invited her to come live with her family.

Practically overnight, Mary left the streets of Oakland for the star-studded climes of Santa Monica. Jane Fonda was the parent Mary had never had--outside the limelight and Hollywood parties, Fonda was a wonderful mom who helped with homework, listened to adolescent fears, celebrated achievements, and offered inspiration and encouragement at every turn.

Mary's life since has been one of adventure and opportunity--from hiking the Appalachian Trail solo, working with the Lost Boys of Sudan, and living in the frozen reaches of Antarctica. Her most courageous trip, though, involved returning to Oakland and reconnecting with her biological mother and family, many of whom she hadn't seen since the day she left home. The Lost Daughter is a chronicle of her journey back in time, an exploration of fractured family bonds, and a moving epic of self-discovery.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Williams was a child of Black Panther-era Oakland, with its countercultural challenges to the racial status quo. Her father was a Panther who served time in prison, her mother eventually succumbed to drinking and withdrew from family life, and her sister died a violent death. Traumatized by poverty and neglect at 16, Williams took the opportunity to flee to Santa Monica to live with Jane Fonda, whom she'd known for several years through a summer arts camp. What followed was an extraordinary life of wealth and privilege as she was incorporated into the lives and families of Jane Fonda and Ted Turner. An adventurer and idealist, Williams went on to travel to Africa, start a foundation to benefit the Lost Boys of Sudan, hike the Appalachian Trail, and work for six months in Antarctica, all the while testing herself. But her greatest challenge awaited her back in Oakland. Could she ever reconcile with her biological family and somehow blend them into her eclectic life? Williams' memoir explores both broad social dichotomies and the longing for the closeness of family ties.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Born in Oakland, CA in 1967 to parents active in the Black Panther party, Williams spent her early childhood in Panther community, attending Panther-run schools. With her father in and out of prison, her mother left the Party, her older sister became a crack addict, and life took a decided downturn. Un-til, that is, Mary's uncle-friends with Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden-intervened. As Williams re-members it, Fonda "threw me a lifeline and I grabbed it." Williams moved into the Fonda-Hayden household attempting to assimilate into a new class existence. Her tumultuous life shuffled her be-tween new-found privilege and occasional returns to "the underworld" of an Oakland life she had out-grown. After graduating from Pitzer College, Williams teaches English in Morocco, works for the CDC in Atlanta, and travels to Tanzania. Upon her return she starts the Lost Boys Foundation, funded by the Fonda Family Foundation, before disbanding it in turmoil. Williams remains unfulfilled until she finally realizes that her desire to help others was her "misdirected desire to save [herself]." Though she can be a difficult and occasionally unsympathetic figure, throughout Williams exposes American class and race tensions, having experienced both the luxury of white privilege and the bleakness of ur-ban poverty. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Williams, Mary, -- 1967- -- Childhood and youth.
Fonda, Jane, -- 1937-
Black Panther Party -- History.
African Americans -- California -- Oakland -- Biography.
African Americans -- California -- Oakland -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Adoptees -- California -- Biography.
Mothers and daughters -- California -- Biography.
Oakland (Calif.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Oakland (Calif.) -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Blue Rider Press,2013
Language English
Notes "A memoir"--Jacket.
Description 304 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780399160868 (hbk.)
0399160868 (hbk.)
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