"Readers interested in Midwestern history, American race relations, and stories of culture shock will find the book both stimulating and convincing. This well-paced narrative absorbingly depicts a handful of lives in Indiana in a pivotal year."
"Vahl, a Jew from New York, was among the first students to live in an integrated dorm room at the conservative campus. In her desire to strike out on her own, she had unwittingly entered the front lines of a battle over race and culture that would rage throughout her freshman year, as she precisely recounts in this memoir."
About the Author
After leaving Indiana University, Meri Henriques Vahl arrived at the University of California, Berkeley just in time to witness the Free Speech Movement. Since earning her bachelor's degree in fine arts at Berkeley, she has worked as a graphic artist and musician, and is currently an award-winning art quilter who teaches at various venues in the US and overseas. Vahl has two adult children and lives in central California with her family and two rowdy felines.