Toni Apicelli is a real "child of the 1960s," and a prototypical Baby Boomer, of course. Her memories of the post-WW II United States belong not only to Ms. Apicelli of Chicago, Illinois, but to many Americans born in those several years following V.E. and V.J. Days in 1945. As she reminds us, the Fifties were not as placid as we wished that they were, the Sixties broke and set new societal molds, and the succeeding decades only teased with both backward steps and some glimpses of renewal, hope, and, finally, change. The future has some significant precedents to live up to, which Ms. Apicelli points out in her book.
--Anthony Rama Maravillas, Ph.D., Professor of History
Those who lived through the sixties will know this rings true. Everybody else will get a real feel for what those tumultuous days were all about.
--Ilene Cooper, author, Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy
A Sixties Story is a great read whether you were fortunate enough to have lived through those times or not. Toni takes us on a quest from the streets of Chicago through the redwood forests of Northern California that is both intensely personal as well as political. I had forgotten about VISTA--the domestic Peace Corps and a refuge for many who had been active in civil rights before the Black Power movement. Toni's book captures the idealism and drive for change we all believed so possible and reminded this reader how sweet even sad times can be.
--barbara knight mental health professional babyboomer
Those of us born in the late 1940s were kids born on the cusp. Grounded in the sedate ‘50s, we were hurled by personal and public dynamics into the chaos of the ‘60s. The journey was both physical and psychic. It wasn’t always straight; destinations were not guaranteed or uniform. In A Sixties Story, Toni chronicles one such journey through its prompts, starts and turns. It’s an interesting (and memory jogging) read."
--Sandra J. Rowe, Public Affairs, American Hospital Association (colleague)