Chris Willman
May 09, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Freewheelin' Time

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Suze Rotolo
publisher
Broadway Books
genre
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it an B+

There’s no less promising strain of memoir than the ”I was that famous dude’s girlfriend, 40 years ago” book — so Suze Rotolo’s account of her time with Bob Dylan is a delightful surprise. Known as the arm candy on Dylan’s Freewheelin’ LP cover, Rotolo didn’t break her silence in A Freewheelin’ Time to dish dirt, though there are fleeting mentions of an abortion and her discovery of Dylan’s affair with Joan Baez. Instead, she gracefully captures Greenwich Village as an enchanted lost world, a boy who’s sweet but cryptic (even pre-fame), and a girl too independent to latch onto that celebrity arm indefinitely. B+

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