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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deena Stryker, Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: An Illustrated Personal Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring

Welcome Deena Stryker (OtherJones.com)(Photographic Collection) (Twitter) and Host Jeff J Brown (44Days blog) (Facebook) (Twitter)

Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: An Illustrated Personal Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring

What really struck me about Deena Stryker and her autobiography was her deep attachment to her family, her sense of incredible adventure, in order to separate herself from her parents’ influence and how much her intelligence and determination shine throughout. Very few people get to leave their home country to live on another continent, and this wizened group of humanity is further filtered down when you do so as a middle school child. Deena Stryker did so soon after World War II, moving from the US to France with her family.

Most young adults would have been happy to hang out in the relative comfort of Western Europe, but Ms. Stryker had other more romantic ideas, finding love and then spending many years behind the Iron Curtain, a rare experience for any American during the height of the Cold War, and a story well worth reading.

But Ms. Stryker didn’t stop there. After an amazing life of love and a career in Europe, she heads off to another forbidden land, in the eyes of the Western Princes of Power and their brutally enforced “official narrative,” by spending time in Cuba and “trading with the enemy,” including getting to know Fidel and Raul Castro, as well as Che Guevara.

Ms. Stryker surely has an FBI/CIA/NSA file as thick as a Beijing phone book, and from the perspective of the 1%, deservedly so, which makes her a true modern day heroine in my eyes. Her life story is one of the most fascinating, adventurous, rebellious and romantic ones that I’ve ever vicariously experienced, reading her autobiography Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel, and one that I will not soon forget.

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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deena Stryker, Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: An Illustrated Personal Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring

Welcome Deena Stryker (OtherJones.com)(Photographic Collection) (Twitter) and Host Jeff J Brown (44Days blog) (Facebook) (Twitter)

Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: An Illustrated Personal Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring

What really struck me about Deena Stryker and her autobiography was her deep attachment to her family, her sense of incredible adventure, in order to separate herself from her parents’ influence and how much her intelligence and determination shine throughout. Very few people get to leave their home country to live on another continent, and this wizened group of humanity is further filtered down when you do so as a middle school child. Deena Stryker did so soon after World War II, moving from the US to France with her family.

Most young adults would have been happy to hang out in the relative comfort of Western Europe, but Ms. Stryker had other more romantic ideas, finding love and then spending many years behind the Iron Curtain, a rare experience for any American during the height of the Cold War, and a story well worth reading. (more…)

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