INDEX
Page numbers in italics refer to illustrations and captions; pl. to color plates.
Abbott, Shirley, The Bookmaker’s Daugh-
ter, 138
abortion rights, 44, 103–4; Roe v. Wade
and, 103n3
activists and organizers, 25, 53, 153, 158;
antiwar, 315, 321; for civil rights, 24, 33;
environmentalism, 95; grape strikes,
88, 129; hunger strikes, 82, 82n2
Afghanistan, 215, 267, 316
Africa, 16, 21, 82, 82n2, 276, 277, 293,
300–301, 303, 305
aging, 129, 146, 150, 151, 176, 184, 185, 210,
233; advice on, 167, 182; Conference
on, 48; discrimination and, 220; mem-
ory and, 299–300
Aids, 195; quilt, 143
alcohol, alcoholism, Helene and, 48, 78,
80, 166, 192, 194, 203, 204, 205, 216,
217, 219, 234, 303, 337
Alcott, Louisa May, 113, 254, 255, 259
Allen, Elisabeta, 247
Allen, Grant, 247
Allende, Isabel, 116, 178; Paula, 175
Allison, Dorothy, Bastard Out of Caro-
lina, 138
American Library Association, Notable
Book Award, 35
Amram, David, 172
Annisquam Valley Church, 85
anthrax, 211, 268, 270
Aperture (magazine), 87
Arenas, Reinaldo, Before Night Falls, 175
art, artists, 5, 32, 105, 110–11, 145, 185; in
Gloucester, 32, 39, 54, 116, 223, 236,
244, 251, 253; politics of, 33; transfor-
mative power of, 6; women as, 4, 5.
See also Helene: as artist; Helene’s art-
works; and under names of artists
Asian Americans, 141, 145, 153, 157
Atwood, Margaret, 167
automobiles: Hettie’s, 18, 20, 22, 31, 32,
34, 39–40, 64, 71, 72, 110, 147, 200,
212, 231, 330, 334, 337, 344, 351; Hettie’s
poems about, 185; Honda, 105, 201–2,
217; Mercedes, 24; Mustang, 248;
Plymouth (1953), 26; Pontiac Vibe,
284; Toyota, 201–2, 212
avant-garde, 1, 17
Avery, Milton, 32
Baghdad, bombing of, 224
Bahlke, Harold (Helene’s brother-in-
law), 112, 119n11
Bahlke, Marie Helmers (Helene’s sister).
See Helmers, Marie
Baker, Claire, 136, 216
Baker, Josephine, 63
Baldwin, Gloria, 101
Baldwin, Jimmy, 101, 207
Banks, Russell, 326
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