Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup
Author: Elisabeth Amaral
Author: Elisabeth Amaral
The mid-1960s through the mid-1970s was a heady, turbulent time. There was a lot going on back then, and author Elisabeth Amaral was in the middle of it all: the fights for women’s rights, racial equality, a music revolution, be-ins, love-ins, riots in the streets, the rage against the Vietnam War, and sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was an amazing time to be young.
In Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup, Amaral shares her recollections of those times. She and her husband gave up their jobs in
relocated to New York City
with their infant son because of mime, unexpectedly started a children’s
boutique, and opened a popular restaurant in Boston Harvard Square. Most of all it is a
coming-of-age story about herself and her husband as they embarked on an
improbable and moving journey of self-discovery.
With sincerity and humor, Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup offers a personal and revealing account that reaches out to those who find themselves striving to make a relationship work that, by its very nature, may be doomed. But this story is also one of friendship—and of finding the courage to move on.
"A truly wonderful memoir that reads like great fiction. The characters come alive on the page." – Elizabeth Brundage, author of The Doctor's Wife and A Stranger Like You.
“The story of how Liz Amaral and her husband became successful at the epicenter of counterculture businesses near
from 1967-1975 with their boutique and restaurant is told with humor and
insight. Swirling around them are all of the entrapments of the era, the drugs
and free love and betrayal, as well as the politics that defined the times. Cambridge
With a fierce dedication to her son and husband, Liz Amaral triumphs in this stunning memoir where she discovers that, while love isn’t always what we think it is, it remains, in all its multi-faceted transformations, the driving force of who we are and how we live our lives.” – P.B. O’Sullivan, writer and mathematician
“In her intimate and humorous memoir, Liz Amaral reveals the challenges of a young family establishing a home in
amid the tumult of the late 1960s. You will discover the disconcerting truth
about her marriage and the painful path she takes to find herself again. A true
adventure of the heart.” – Kathrin Seitz, writer, producer,
and coach Cambridge
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We shared everything, even our friends. But wait. What about those friends of his? Kind, gentlemen. Always womanless. Don’t even start to go there. Just don’t. It was easier to be in the immediate present, a member of our generation who shared the sentiments of the era, the sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll era. The civil-rights and women’s- rights and anti-war and race-riot era. It was a thrilling time for youth. Along with our frustrations and fury at the government, we also shared an enormous sense of freedom and adventure, of this being our time. And if it was our time, that made it my time. My time to grab an afternoon lover, come home to nights of gentle affection, hug our kid, make supper, smoke some pot, and live happily. With luck, that might include ever after. Piece of cake, and it was no one’s fault.
Thoughts whizzed by. I grabbed onto some, because I knew I would need reminders.
This is my life, not a bad one at all. A very good one, in fact.
That was one thought. Here’s another: Look at me. Look at me! A sensual, sexual, twenty-something woman. A Scorpio. Married happily much of the time, except nighttime, the right time.
A native New Yorker, I have lived in the city for much of my life. My first jobs after graduating from NYU were jewelry design and case worker for the Departments of Welfare of New York City and
This was followed by co-ownership of a children’s boutique (Czar Nicholas and
the Toad) and a restaurant (Duck Soup) in Cambridge, Massachusetts
near Cambridge Harvard Square.
I then worked as an industrial purchasing agent in , and for the last 25 years have
been a real estate broker in New Jersey ,
accumulating stories of the wonder and madness that is this city. I published a
book of short stories (When Any Kind of
Love Will Do), wrote two children’s books and a memoir (Czar
Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup),
and am currently working on a novel. Manhattan
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