How do you live an authentic live while keeping a secret?
This award-winning memoir chronicles one woman’s struggle to be true to herself as she grapples with the ramifications of accepting that she’s gay amid the religious, social and legal norms of the Sixties.
Raised in a fundamentalist Christian home Carol Fears the rejection of her parents, with whom she shares a loving relationship, she hides the truth and pursues false romances with men while struggling to harness her powerful attractions to women. The watershed point in Carol’s journey comes when she returns to graduate school and discovers the feminist movement, which emboldens her sense of personal power and the freedom to love whom she chooses.
But this sense of self-possession comes too late for honesty with her father. His unexpected death before she can tell him the truth brings the full cost of Carol’s secret crashing in compelling her to come out to her mother before it is too late. Candid and poignant, You Can’t Buy Love Like That reveals the complex invisible dynamics that arise for gay people who are forced to hide their true selves in order to survive and celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one’s courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.
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I am a former organizational consultant and leadership coach focused on helping people live more authentic lives in and outside of work. My educational background includes a doctorate in Spiritual Studies, and masters degrees in Organizational Development, Educational Psychology, and Creative Nonfiction.
On my 50th birthday I founded Rebellious Dreamers, a small non-profit whose mission is to support women to claim their dreams. My passions are photography, travel and empowering women to lead lives of their own choosing. Exposure to many different cultures has engendered a deep respect for the resilience and beauty of women around the world, and inspired my sense of global sisterhood.
I am the co-author of the essay “Deeper Power” in Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership,” author of the essay, “What is it About Memoir” in the Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey and author of the award-winning. memoir, You Can’t Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties.
My goal at this stage is to live with a peaceful heart – a state regularly cultivated through walks in nature, meditation, and heartfelt conversation with friends. I live with the love of my life and our entertaining pup, Saxon, in a nature sanctuary in Ann Arbor, MI.