Library branches will be closed on Monday, January 20 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) will remain open regular business hours (10 AM - 5:30 PM) on January 20 for its annual film festival.
Joshua Safran’s critically-acclaimed memoir, FREE SPIRIT: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid
Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic violence and champion for the wrongfully imprisoned. His critically-acclaimed memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid, about his childhood on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius, has been called a "beautiful, powerful memoir...reminiscent of David Sedaris's and Augusten Burroughs's best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking" (Publishers Weekly starred review).
Joshua Safran was born to a coven of lesbian witches in a Haight-Ashbury commune. When he was four year old, his mother- determined to protect him from the threats of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan- took to the open road wth her young son, leaving the San Francisco countercultural scene behind. Together they embarked on a journey to find a utopia they could call home, hitchhiking for thousands of miles across the American West, befriending hundreds of remarkable strange people, and living in vans, buses, and even an ice cream truck. Together they endured the elements and Joshua's violent alcoholic Salvadorian stepfather, and against all odds, Joshua found his way to law school. In Free Spirit, Safran tells the harrowing, yet wryly funny story of his childhood chasing the perfect life off the grid - and how they survived the imperfect one they found instead.
JOSHUA SAFRAN is a nationally-known advocate for victims of domestic violence and an attorney whose 7-year legal odyssey to free a wrongfully-imprisoned battered woman from prison was featured in the award-winning Sundance and Oprah Winfrey Network film, Crime After Crime.
Watch the book trailer here: