Ms. Self Reliance was educated by the Soviets and brought to the USA by her Chicago family who paid her way and fed, housed and clothed her. She never paid them back. Yes, she had one very bad year after the Russian Revolution but thereafter she was very well taken care of and took it for granted, showed no appreciation. My theory why young men like the book is that it’s the first book with sex in it they’re allowed to read.

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