Weaving together the intensity and at times wrenching ups and downs of her own life with the historical, politically disruptive context of the times, Home Free is a gripping, engrossing read and a study in one woman’s search for freedom, self-acceptance and ultimate salvation. This book is as bold, fearless and brave as the young Riqui and as thoughtful and soulful as the adult, fully self-actualized Rifka. Raw at times, touching at others, and told with spirit, humor and heart, Home Free holds nothing back as Kreiter takes the reader through a life that is adventurous as it is remarkable.
Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune;
Co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, and author of The Airbnb Story
Rifka Kreiter’s Home Free: Adventures of a Child of the Sixties, is utterly fearless in its openness, honesty, and risk-taking. Not merely a joyride down the rabbit hole of the counterculture – stuffed with plenty of sex, drugs, and politics – Home Free is about salvation.
Kreiter fights her way out of a childhood that is at once impoverished and yet culturally rich to heal herself any way she can. This is a story about survival and transcendence, told in a voice that is utterly authentic and that skirts the twin dangers of sensationalism and sentimentality. A truly absorbing and moving read.
Céline Keating, author of Layla and Play for Me
Kreiter’s journey through the Boomer zeitgeist on her quest for self-knowledge and self-fulfillment is the real thing. It is reminiscent without being melancholy, which makes it even more fun to read. You’ll remember the good old days but won’t necessarily wish to relive them, and will be moved by how Kreiter does.
Marc Eliot, New York Times best-selling author of To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles and Death of a Rebel: The Life of Phil Ochs
I laughed. I cried. I couldn’t put it down. Rifka Kreiter takes us over a terrain that anyone who was alive in the sixties will recognize. For Kreiter it’s a journey of purpose, and by the end you know that she is, indeed, home free.
Margaret Bendet, author of Learning To Eat Along the Way