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Coming from Three Rooms Press, May 2022.

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Praise for Yippie Girl: Exploits in Protest & Defeating the FBI

“Judy Gumbo was and is quite a dame. Her new book is splendid. Hurrah for her.” —Susan Brownmiller, feminist, activist, author, Against Our Will, Men, Women and Rape

“At last! We so need to hear more voices of women involved in the 1960s youth and anti-war movement. Zelig-like, Judy Gumbo seemed to be everywhere, with an insider’s vantage point on key protest events and personages of the late Sixties and early Seventies. More importantly, she brings a clear-eyed but unjaundiced feminist perspective on the blithe misogyny of the movement’s male ‘heavies.’ Nevertheless, Gumbo’s fun-loving Yippie ethos continues to burn bright in the pages of her memoir: Yippie Girl provides a rollicking read, entertaining as well as instructive to a new generation of youthful social change activists. As a Sixties historian, I learned much I didn’t know—and can’t wait to introduce Judy Gumbo to my students. I think they’ll love her as much as the FBI loathed her.” —Aniko Bodroghkozy, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia; author, Equal Time: Television
and the Civil Rights Movement

“Gumbo has written a romp—breathless, amazing and terrifying all at the same time—through an equally divisive time in American history with a “you are there” energy. Even if you weren’t there, you will want to know about this and what youth, sexism, and political commitment can, and cannot, do. Don’t miss this.” —Susan M. Reverby, PhD, Marion Butler McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas, Professor Emerita of Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College

“Love the writing: VERY live, immediate—this does not feel like ancient history, it's living and breathing in our lives right now. It's part of our power, people power.”
Kris Welch, host, The Talkies, KPFA-FM

“In Judy Gumbo’s Yippie Girl, she shares her adventures as one of very few Yippie girls with her fellow travelers including my father Phil Ochs. The Yippies’ unending creativity and courage provided the sardonic wit, wisdom, insight, and brutal honesty in the form of political music and theater needed for the revolution of the 60s. Judy’s stories effortlessly dance between playful and profound and always deeply personal. With the world fractured by orchestrated divisiveness, Yippie Girl is a healing balm.”
Meegan Lee Ochs, Artist Relations Manager, ACLU of Southern California

"No one has told Judy Gumbo's story before. No one has recreated the Sixties more vividly, more compassionately or with a more delicious sense of humor. Yippie Girl traces Gumbo's marriages, her lovers and her friends and does it without blowing anyone's cover. Gumbo includes portions from FBI documents that describe her adventures in the counterculture and the movement. Abbie Hoffman would say ‘Steal This Book.’ Jerry Rubin would say ‘Do It!’ I say buy Yippie Girl, read it and let it blow your mind the way it did mine.” —Jonah Raskin, author, Beat Blues: San Francisco, 1955

“Written as narrative nonfiction with the smooth contours of a novel, Yippie Girl provides a comprehensive insider history of early Yippie days. For those of us that arrived late to the revolution, Gumbo gives us a joyous and intimate guide to our roots, bringing us into the lives and homes of countercultural icons. At the same time, she revisits living amidst sweaty hippie machismo and Yippie sarcasm through the lens of a 21st Century feminist, giving us a badly needed window into a time of hopeful chaos and cultural transformation.” —Michael I. Niman, Professor of journalism, SUNY Buffalo;
author, People of the Rainbow: A Nomadic Utopia

“Yippie Girl is one hell of a good read. Serious, but never sanctimonious, Judy Gumbo takes us into her Sixties world, and what a world it was! A Canadian red-diaper baby, she joined up with the politicized hippies who formed Yippie, was an ally of the Black Panther Party, became a women’s liberationist, and, through her antiwar work, had a clandestine affair with a high-ranking North Vietnamese official. Throughout, she was relentlessly surveilled by the FBI, whose role in subverting the Sixties she usefully highlights.” —Alice Echols, Professor of History, The University of Southern California

“Red-diaper baby-doctoral student turned Yippie Girl, Judy Gumbo—so named by Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver—engagingly recounts her revolutionary travails, including tussles with the FBI and other police operatives, during the Long Sixties. A peripatetic quest lures Gumbo from her native Canada to Berkeley, NYC, the 1968 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago, Hanoi, Havana, and innumerable sites in-between. Her captivating memoir proves most illuminating as a feminist corrective to the male centric antics of and accounts by fellow Jewish Yippies Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and the author’s sometimes partner-later beloved husband Stew Albert, among others. Running the gamut of emotions, Gumbo’s story, which she deems ‘narrative or creative non-fiction,’ sparkles with its revelatory honesty, particularly as she moves ‘out of girlhood into womanhood.’ Absolutely indispensable for its insights into the antiwar, counterculture, and women’s liberation movements.” —Robert C. Cottrell, Professor Emeritus, History and American Studies, California State University, Chico

Judy Gumbo is one of the few female members of the original Yippies, a satirical protest group who levitated the Pentagon to stop the Vietnam War, brought the New York Stock Exchange to a halt to ridicule greed and ran a pig named Pigasus for President at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Judy received her nickname "Gumbo" from Black Panther Party leader Elridge Cleaver. Judy went on to write for the Berkeley Barb and the Berkeley Tribe, helped start a women's group, visited the former North Vietnam in 1970 then travelled the globe agitating against the war and for the liberation of women.

Judy is honored the FBI reported about her in 1972 that:

The subject JUDY GUMBO is considered to be the most vicious, the most anti-American, the most anti-establishment, and the most dangerous to the internal security of the United States.

In 1975, Judy discovered a tracking device on her car and became part of a lawsuit that successfully challenged warrantless wiretapping. Judy's books, articles, interviews and life choices marry the fun-loving spirit of the 1960s with the courage to confront the world we live in and ourselves.

Judy has a Ph.D. in Sociology and spent the majority of her professional career as an award-winning fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. In 2013, Judy returned to Vietnam to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords. She returned to Vietnam again in 2019 where she was awarded a medal from the Vietnamese government for her contributions to peace and reconciliation. Judy is the widow of Yippie founder Stew Albert and of David Dobkin, a founder of Berkeley Cohousing. She is married to distinguished historian Arthur Eckstein.

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