How do you live and authentic life while keeping a secret?
Carol Anderson is raised in a fundamentalist Christian home in the ’60s, at a time when being gay is in opposition to all social and religious mores and against the law in most states. Fearing the rejection of her parents, with whom she shares a loving relationship, she hides the truth and pursues false romances with men while struggling to harness her powerful attractions to women.
The watershed point in Carol’s journey comes when she returns to graduate school and discovers the feminist movement, which emboldens her sense of personal power and the freedom to love whom she chooses. But this sense of self-possession comes too late for honesty with her father. His unexpected death before she can tell him the truth brings the full cost of Carol’s secret crashing in compelling her to come out to her mother before it is too late.
Candid and poignant, You Can’t Buy Love Like That reveals the complex invisible dynamics that arise for gay people who are forced to hide their true selves in order to survive and celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one’s courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.
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Before becoming a full-time writer I was an organizational consultant and leadership coach who supported people to live more authentic lives in and outside of work.
Traveling the world for work and pleasure has always expanded my sense of wonder and gratitude. My most recent trips were to Kenya, New Zealand, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and The Dominican Republic. Exposure to many different cultures engenders a deep respect for the resilience and beauty of people around the world and inspires my sense of global citizenship.
My passions are photography, travel and empowering women to lead lives of their own choosing. Founding Rebellious Dreamers, a twenty-year strong non-profit organization that helps women over age 35 realize dreams, has been a way to positively impact women on their path to realize their personal visions.
My award-winning debut memoir, You Can’t Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties, was hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a work that “movingly renders the complex emotional landscape of living in and out of the closet.” Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards named it Outstanding General Non-Fiction for 2018. And, BuzzFeed selected it as one of five books to celebrate LGBT History Month in 2017. My essays have appeared in Huffington Post, Curve Magazine, and The Advocate.
My goal at this stage is to live with a peaceful heart – a state regularly cultivated through walks in nature, meditation, and heartfelt conversation with friends. I live with the love of my life and our entertaining pup, Saxon, in a nature sanctuary in Ann Arbor, MI.