Book Talk by Joshua Safran, author of of "Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid"
In his memoir "Free Spirit," attorney, activist and author Joshua Safran tells a remarkable story. In the 1970s, his mother -- big-hearted, idealistic and determined to protect her son from the threat of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan -- fled both San Francisco and modern society. Mother and son spent years living off the grid in shacks and teepees, communes and buses. Not until age 11 did Joshua regularly attend school, and thus reenter society, for which he was wholly unprepared. He was regularly beaten and bullied by classmates who did not embrace the ideals of tolerance and love. But he saw that education would equip him to confront his school tormentors and his abusive, sporadically employed, ex-Salvadoran revolutionary step-father.
"Free Spirit" shows how this unusual upbringing shaped Safran into a nationally recognized champion of women's rights and advocate for the wrongfully imprisoned and the survivors of domestic violence.
Safran was featured in the award-winning documentary "Crime After Crime," which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He lives in Oakland.
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