by Bonita McIlvaine

ISBN: 9781460228753

Publisher FriesenPress

Published in Self-Help/Personal Transformation, Biographies & Memoirs/Ethnic & National, Biographies & Memoirs/Memoirs, Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs

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Book Description

They called us Squares, 5 best friends attending high school by day and getting another education by night. We rode in Cadillacs, drank in the bars and began to explore our sexual awareness. Its Boston, at a time when nightclubs and bars were aplenty and a good time could continue after hours. My four girlfriends and I were coming of age. Its the sixties when a certain culture with its deceiving glamour could not be denied. The five of us friends made a pact to just have fun and ignore the rest. Our fun was innocent but the culture wasn't. Our lack of experience no match for the environment.

Sample Chapter

Sometimes I have to ask myself how we managed to escape it all but lasting effects remain with us; my best friends Ingrid, Sandra, Rita and Eve. We were teenagers hanging out in a very grown up world; outsiders looking in and toying with a dangerous lifestyle we found both alluring and exciting. Blinded by innocence and naivite' we were known as "Squares". The dictionary says that the word square when used as slang means conventional, conservative, an unimaginative person. In our world, it meant that we weren't hip, that we didn't walk the streets to prostitute ourselves for pimps and that we weren't down with choosing "the life" the sporting life that is. What we were down with was the lure of the nightlife with its glitz and glamour and just having fun with the guys who made a living at it. Never considering the thin line between the two, comes the assumption that if you are with a guy in the life (pimps, hustlers, drug dealers and such) you must be doing something for him. The possibilities could be prostitution, dealing drugs, boosting or maybe playing a con. That was not the case with us, but one of us would fall victim to the lure. Its the sixties, a time that was turbulent, exciting and full of change. We had the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech and would later be assassinated, and James Brown would come to town to quiet the storm. Race riots ensued. The Beatles invaded America; young rising stars Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin began doing their thing. The Supremes appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Motown machine was grooming acts that would have unforeseen success. John F. Kennedy was sworn into the office of the Presidency and he to would be assassinated. The Anti-War Movement was happening, Cassius Clay would change his name to Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X would be assassinated, the birth control pill was introduced, women burned their bras and sexual freedom took quantum leap. Playbo After Dark TV and Playboy clubs were all exploding onto the scene. Chubby Checker and his dance The Twist took the country by storm and we all became intrigued with the movie Goldfinger, its cars, its music and its main character Agennt 007, Bond, James Bond. My father opened a nightclub after months of renovations. He brought in a huge show from Michigan for the grand opening only to have it burn down after operating for only 21 days. My brother became one of the first Blacks in the country to own and operate a Ford Dealership. Ingrid, Sandra and Eve were attending Girls High School. Rita and I were attending the Jeremiah E Burke High School for Girls and Mr. Albert DeSalvo better known as The Boston Strangler was on the loose in our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts.


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Bonita McIlvaine

Bonita McIlvaine

Boston native, Bonita McIlvaine lives on the outskirts of her hometown. She wrote this memoir which reflects a chapter in her life, with the hope of opening a dialogue to promote working on ourselves for the sake of our children. The former business owner is currently working on a self empowerment guide for young people and a short story entitled 15 days-the story of one man's account of 15 days on the road, being transferred from a Massachusetts correctional facility to another in the state of Florida.

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