Do you ever preorder books and then forget that you did?

That happened to me today.  I know that I had added this book to my TBR list on Goodreads…and I even had the book cover.  But when it showed up on Sparky, I was totally gobsmacked. 

Not that I didn’t want to read it at some point….but it wasn’t on the preorder list that I keep in my journal!  I must have been “out to lunch” that day…lol.

But the book looks intriguing…and I am now remembering why I preordered it.

Virgin Soul, by Judy Juanita, is a ’60s tale.  You know I love those!


From a lauded poet and playwright, a novel of a young woman’s life with the Black Panthers in 1960s San Francisco

At first glance, Geniece’s story sounds like that of a typical young woman: she goes to college, has romantic entanglements, builds meaningful friendships, and juggles her schedule with a part-time job. However, she does all of these things in 1960s San Francisco while becoming a militant member of the Black Panther movement. When Huey Newton is jailed in October 1967 and the Panthers explode nationwide, Geniece enters the organization’s dark and dangerous world of guns, FBI agents, freewheeling sex, police repression, and fatal shoot-outs—all while balancing her other life as a college student.

A moving tale of one young woman’s life spinning out of the typical and into the extraordinary during one of the most politically and racially charged eras in America, Virgin Soul will resonate with readers of Monica Ali and Ntozake Shange.


In the early ’60s, I lived in SF and attended university there.  I didn’t get involved with much back then, however; it would be a few years later, in Sacramento, that I would join some groups.  But I love remembering those times and what I knew about the events that defined a decade.



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