Thursday, July 1, 2021

Kids & Cocktails Don't Mix By Heather Haldeman

What happens when life looks like nothing it's supposed to? Pudgy Heather, granddaughter of the Governor of California, lives in an exclusive gated community in Los Angeles with celebrities and political figures as neighbors during the Vietnam War-era. Life is easy and opulent, with parties where Kids & Cocktails Don't Mix. Moments straight out of "Mad Men." But when her father abandons the family to chase a wealthy woman, Heather, together with her glamorous mother Marilyn, and sister April, must find the grit to keep going forward.

This moving memoir explores machinations of gender and power dynamics in the 1960s and '70s as they unfold in Heather's family, including Marilyn's need to find a new husband, complete with a resume (bathing suit photo by the pool) and fancy new clothes. What other choice does she have? Meanwhile, cars are repossessed and the fashionable house they live in is crumbling to pieces. In Heather's young life, nothing is as it appears. As Heather comes of age, she must make decisions about how she wants her own life to look. Which of the many inheritances of her parents will she keep and which will she jettison?

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Heather Haldeman lives in Pasadena, California. She has been married to her husband, Hank, for forty-one years. She has three grown children and two granddaughters.

Her essays have been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Chicken Soup for the Soul, From Freckles to Wrinkles, Grandmother EarthThe Mom Egg and numerous online journals.  She has received first, second and third prizes for her essays.
This was an interesting memoir, if you enjoy reading about people and what goes on in their life then you  are sure to enjoy this one.