Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad In 1975, a year after the photo of Patty Hearst as Citizen Tania hit the front pages, Holman's mother (then an undiagnosed schizophrenic) effectively kidnapped… Nonfiction
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RESCUING PATTY HEARST: MEMORIES FROM A DECADE GONE MAD (2014)

Details Writer: Virgina Holman; Genre: Nonfiction

In 1975, a year after the photo of Patty Hearst as Citizen Tania hit the front pages, Holman's mother (then an undiagnosed schizophrenic) effectively kidnapped her two daughters from their suburban home to a run-down Virginia beach shack. For more than three years, they prepared a field hospital for child refugees of the ''secret war'' that her mother believed she'd been drafted into. Though the title promises more analysis of the larger ''decade gone mad'' than the book delivers, Holman's harrowing memoir paints a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of 15 years of fear, anger, and instability with a mom who took them on night training missions in the woods and tore live outlets from the wall to destroy suspected wiretaps.

Originally posted Mar 14, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints
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