Greetings From Utopia Park

Greetings From Utopia Park

Surviving A Transcendent Childhood

Book - 2016
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"When Claire Hoffman's alcoholic father abandons his family, his struggling wife, Liz, tells five-year-old Claire and her seven-year-old brother, Stacey, that they are going to heaven--Iowa--to live in Maharishi's national headquarters for Heaven on Earth. For Claire's mother, Transcendental Meditation--Maharishi's method of meditation and his approach to living the fullest possible life--promises world peace and Enlightenment just as their family is falling apart. At first this secluded utopia offers warmth and support, and makes these outsiders feel calm, secure, and connected to the world. At the Maharishi School, Claire learns Maharishi's philosophy for living and meditates with her class. With the promise of peace and Enlightenment constantly on the horizon, every day is infused with magic and meaning. But as Claire and Stacey mature, their adolescent skepticism kicks in, drawing them away from the community and into delinquency and drugs. To save herself, Claire moves to California to live with her father, breaking from Maharishi completely. After she works for a decade in journalism and academia, the challenges of adulthood propel her back to Iowa, where she reexamines her spiritual upbringing and tries to reconnect with the magic of her childhood"--Dust jacket flap.
Published: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062338846
Branch Call Number: B HOF
Characteristics: xiv, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Cynthia_N Oct 12, 2016

I don't know a lot about transcendental meditation but I have heard of it so I thought this would be an interesting read. It really was a good read because the author grew up in the movement and she did a great job of expressing her feelings about the movement without bashing it. And it has pictures. I love biographies with pictures!!


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