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  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint LLC (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582434964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582434964
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
Peter Coyote has already made a name for himself as a film actor, political activist and narrator, whose voice can be easily recognized in an infinite amount of commercials, documentaries and audiobooks. Now comes his best and most challenging narrative of all - "Sleeping Where I Fall" - his own story based on the years when he was part of the Sixties counterculture explosion as one of the founders of a radical street group called the Diggers. Peter has taken his memoirs of this anarchic and psychedelic era and woven them into a collection of stories from his life in San Francisco to communes and gypsy years on the road as part of the Free Family. Says Coyote, "We imagined a world in which we could live authentically, without the pressures of economics dictating all personal choices. We made it real by acting it out."
What few people know is that Peter has always thought of himself as a writer first and foremost since his college days pursuing a master's degree in creative writing. Now with the release of this book, he further fulfills a dream by entering the literary world as a gifted writer, evidenced by the reviews of Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Omnibus, San Francisco Chronicle and many more.
His story is told with great humor, candor and self-critical analysis. Peter is not afraid to reveal himself giving accounts of both his generosity of spirit and his character flaws. Ironically, the very first chapter starts out with "While still an undergraduate at Grinnell College, I had fallen in love with Jessie Benton, a captivating woman I met one summer on Martha's Vineyard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 1998
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"Sleeping Where I Fall" is actor Peter Coyote's personal memoirs of the San Francisco hippie/commune scene of the late 60s and early 70s. I found this to be a very interesting and well written book. It seems Coyote took advantage of being in the right place at the right time and became a cutting edge member of the emerging counterculture. His detailed account recreates the era; from the newness and exuberance of the concept of "free" - to the interminable chaos and outrageousness of trying to live it. I think it would be of great interest to people who are sympathetic to the ideals that blossomed during this era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec. 1998
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Peter Coyote was simultaneously a hedonist, voyeur and genuine participant in one wild and wondrous Scene. What amazes me is that he does not succumb to the self-aggrandizing hip/ironic memoir style that comes so easily off the lips of those of us from that era. Nor is there the disengenuous self-deprecating nonsense that is equally omnipresent. Instead, Coyote is simply honest and straightforward and he took the time to truly craft his story. It's extraordinarily well written AND well edited. I'm savoring every page. Jim (aka "Jblu") Higgins
PS: Peter, if you're listening in: How can I purchase a copy of Heartbreakers? I've tried everywhere. You got one to sell?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 1998
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I was born in 1968 so I can't comment on whether or not Coyote's take on the 60s jives. I can, however, say that it was pretty interesting to read his views on the S.F. Mime troupe and the Diggers. I admire Coyote for having been involved these groups. His recollections of them are insightful and refreshingly honest. I love the fact that Coyote talks about the ups and downs of 60s life. I like that he complains about people from time to time. This makes for a read that is not too "peace and love". So, I guess I like his honesty most. As for this book seeming too egotistical to some readers goes, I disagree. Peter Coyote is funny, handsome and interesting and I liked reading most of what he had to say. I like Coyote's ego just fine. What bored me was when he would go on and on about Olema ranch and mundane domestic stuff which really isn't that interesting to most people. Overall, I feel spent.
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