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By Cynthia Palmer, Michael Horowitz

• An anthology of writings via essentially the most influential girls in historical past at the usually misunderstood and misrepresented woman drug experience.

• With nice honesty, bravery, and frankness, girls from various backgrounds write approximately their drug experiences.

Women were experimenting with medications considering prehistoric instances, and but released money owed in their perspectives at the drug event were relegated to both antiseptic sociological experiences or sensationalized tales splashed around the tabloids. The media has given us an everlasting, yet erroneous, stereotype of a feminine drug person: passive, addicted, exploited, degraded, promiscuous. however the decisions during this anthology--penned by means of such well-known names as Billie vacation, Anais Nin, Maya Angelou, and Carrie Fisher--show us that the true reviews of girls are something yet stereotypical.

Sisters of the Extreme presents us with writings by means of ladies from assorted occupations and backgrounds, from prostitute to health practitioner, who via their use of gear dared pass the bounds set through society--often doing so with the desire of increasing themselves and their imaginative and prescient of the realm. no matter if with LSD, peyote, cocaine, heroine, MDMA, or marijuana, those ladies have sought to arrive, via their experimentation, different degrees of realization. occasionally their quests have introduced unforeseen rewards, different instances nice ache and misfortune. yet anyplace their journeys have left them, those girls have lived courageously--if occasionally dangerously--and written approximately their trips eloquently

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It was dawn; the sun was just about to rise. She raised her child to her filling breasts and fed it. Then, gathering as many cactus plants as she could find and carry, she rose and walked forward. Something wonderful must have been leading her, for by evening she had reached the main group of her people again. The woman took the plants to her uncle, her mother’s brother. He was a man of great wisdom and was much respected by his people. “This is truly a blessing,” the uncle said when he heard the woman’s story.

What was the time? I felt taneously to unclose—I wonder as I cross the restless to know. There stood a clock in the classe threshold and step on the paved street, wonder at below: what hindered me from venturing down to the strange ease with which this prison has been consult it? By such a moon, its large white face forced. It seems as if I had been pioneered invisi- and jet black figures must be vividly distinct. bly, as if some dissolving force had gone before As for hindrance to this step, there offered not me: for myself, I have scarce made an effort.

Sleep soon reigned: over those pillows, sleep won an easy supremacy: contented sovereign over heads and hearts which did not ache—he passed by the unquiet. Imagination was roused from her rest, and she came forth impetuous and venturous. ” she said; “Sluggard! ” was her cry; The drug wrought. I know not whether and when I lifted the heavy blind from the case- Madame had over-charged or under-charged the ment close at hand—with her own royal gesture, dose; its result was not that she intended. Instead she showed me a moon supreme, in an element of stupor came excitement.

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