Chameleon in a Crayon Box

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One woman's search for authenticity recounted in an engaging chronicle of a life lived on the edge of two worlds

FREE SEX. EXPENSIVE THERAPY. by Judith Sagé is an elixir in the genre of addiction/recovery books. With humor, wit, and self-honesty, the author offers more than a personal story. Hers is a tale with universal elements. This engaging account describes a contemporary rite of passage from a person as conditioned stereotype to an individual as an awakened and fully conscious force of nature.

Ms. Sagé came of age on the edge of two dramatically different worlds. As a Fifties’ woman in New York, she thought Leave It to Beaver was a reality show. When she and her husband moved to Berkeley, California she found herself at the epicenter of a world played by drastically different rules.

Images of nuclear families morphed into scenarios of group gropes. Naïve, young and conditioned to follow her man, she found herself struggling for balance by pretending to be an anthropologist from another planet when her husband joined the Bay Area Sexual Freedom League. She archived all the newsletters of that organization to convince herself she was acting merely as a social historian. Programmed, from childhood to please others, she soon found herself performing to so many different rules and roles that she often felt like a chameleon in a crayon box.

Her adventures, tests and trials are expressed with wit, understanding, and rigorous self-honesty. More than being an engaging narrative, this book offers hope and the belief that we can all revise the scripts we were handed from family and culture if they do not feel authentic. We can all live the lives of our soul’s calling.

The Adventures of a Woman in Search of Connection
Publication Date: February 4, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 133 pages; 978-1-4415-6837-3
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 133 pages; 978-1-4415-6838-0

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