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Member of the family : my story of Charles Manson, life inside his cult, and the darkness that ended the sixties

by Lake, Dianne,

Format: Large Print 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Scott Township Library Biography LP B LAKE
Location  Scott Township Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  LP B LAKE
Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Sight Saving 92 LAK 2017 LP
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge
Collection  Sight Saving
Call Number  92 LAK 2017 LP

In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the twentieth century's most notorious criminals and life as one of his "girls."

At age fourteen Dianne Lake--with little more than a note in her pocket from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them--became one of "Charlie's girls," a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson. Over the course of two years, the impressionable teenager endured manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson's true nature revealed itself. From Spahn ranch and the group acid trips, to the Beatles' White Album and Manson's dangerous messiah-complex, Dianne tells the riveting story of the group's descent into madness as she lived it.

Though she never participated in any of the group's gruesome crimes and was purposely insulated from them, Dianne was arrested with the rest of the Manson Family, and eventually learned enough to join the prosecution's case against them. With the help of good Samaritans, including the cop who first arrested her and later adopted her, the courageous young woman eventually found redemption and grew up to lead an ordinary life.

While much has been written about Charles Manson, this riveting account from an actual Family member is a chilling portrait that recreates in vivid detail one of the most horrifying and fascinating chapters in modern American history.

Member of the Family includes 16 pages of photographs.

Part I. Turn on
A Minnesota childhood
Family matters
One stray ash
How to be-in
Hippies in newsprint
The note
Welcome to the hog farm
Someone groovy
Part II. Tune in
The black bus
We are all one
Panhandling and postulating
Spahn Ranch
Beach boy
A little monkey
A door closes
On the edge
Baking soda biscuits
Out of sight
Preaching the white album
a simple bag of coins
Part III. Drop out
The witches' brew
Reclaiming my name
My day in court.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After the success of The Girls (2016), Emma Cline's debut novel about the Manson family, Lake's compelling remembrance of her years as a teenage follower of Charles Manson will find an eager audience beyond cult enthusiasts and fans of celebrity murder. Lake was just 14 when she became the youngest member of the family. The product of negligent hippies who shunted their daughter from suburban Minnesota to the Hog Farm commune, Lake makes it clear just how easy it was for her to fall under the sway of a grandiose, slap-happy weirdo in a buckskin vest. She takes us from the family's salad days of LSD-fueled orgies, celebrity guests, and the occasional beating, to their supremely paranoid flameout in the California desert, where they learned to kill and attempted to foment a race war. Without sacrificing scintillating details about the family's birthing rituals or underage prostitution, Lake offers both a human portrait of her notorious colleagues and a thoughtful take on counterculture sexism: Manson's understanding of gender relations wasn't too far off from her dad's.--Williamson, Eugenia Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this disturbing, courageous memoir, Lake, a former special education teacher, recounts her dark journey as the youngest member of Charles Manson's "family." She was sexually abused by her grandfather as a child. Her hippie parents allowed her to attend concerts and parties on her own at a young age. When she met Charles Manson at age 14 she was easy prey for the charismatic, messianic con man. She writes of the environment in which she lived with many others. In the hothouse atmosphere of isolation and heavy LSD use, few of Manson's followers balked when his ramblings shifted from talk of "love" and "freedom" to "race war" and "Helter Skelter." Even after Manson raped Lake and later kicked her out of the group, she remained in his thrall. As the family careens toward the Tate and La Bianca murders, Lake's story grows vague, as she did not participate in the gruesome event. Until that point, however, Lake never flinches from the grimness of her situation. She also recalls moments of happiness and community she experienced with the other Manson women ("Lynette and a girl named Patty stroked my hair and passed me a joint"), who confessed their crimes to her. Her testimony, at age 17, helped convict Manson. This is a moving, intense insider's view of the cult of Manson. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Lake, Dianne.
Manson, Charles, -- 1934-2017.
Manson, Charles, -- 1934-2017 -- Friends and associates.
Ex-cultists -- California -- Biography.
Cults -- California.
Mass murder -- California.
Large type books.
Publisher New York, NY :2017
Edition First HarperLuxe edition.
Contributors Herman, Deborah, 1958- author.
Language English
Description viii, 564 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
ISBN 9780062696113
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