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About the Author

Doug Shear is the author of Rhubarb Culture, a futuristic novel set in a Miami, where a Survivalist and his suicidal girlfriend attempts to survive while dodging police, corporate thugs and a New Age suicide cult. 
American Karma: Twilight of the Marijuana Gods, his second book, highlights Doug's real-life hitchhiking experiences through America in the 1970s and his unwitting involvement in one of the most notorious 'Get Rich Quick' scams of the twentieth century. 
In addition, Doug has written 'Saint Peter at the Gate' a stage play produced in Toronto, ON and Boca Raton, Fl. Saint Peter at the Gate spotlights four car accident victims as they attempt to convince St. Peter to allow them entry through Heaven's Pearly Gates.
He's also written and performed, "A Loophole in Law of Karma" at the Life Out Loud event in Ybor City, Fl. and "Nitro and Glycerin" at the Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables, Fl. 
To blow off steam, Doug often performs stand-up at seedy local clubs that he'd never visit as a patron.
His work has also appeared in the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and the Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: amazon.com; 2 edition (May 7, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028Y5WKO
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Doug Shear is the author of Rhubarb Culture, a futuristic novel set in a Miami, where a Survivalist and his suicidal girlfriend attempts to survive while dodging police, corporate thugs and a New Age suicide cult.

American Karma: Twilight of the Marijuana Gods, his second book, highlights Doug's real-life hitchhiking experiences through America in the 1970s and his unwitting involvement in one of the most notorious 'Get Rich Quick' scams of the twentieth century.

In addition, Doug has written 'Saint Peter at the Gate' a stage play produced in Toronto, ON and Boca Raton, Fl. Saint Peter at the Gate spotlights four car accident victims as they attempt to convince St. Peter to allow them entry through Heaven's Pearly Gates.

He's also written and performed, "A Loophole in Law of Karma" at the Life Out Loud event in Ybor City, Fl. and "Nitro and Glycerin" at the Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables, Fl.

To blow off steam, Doug often performs stand-up at seedy local clubs that he'd never visit as a patron.

His work has also appeared in the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and the Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don Gervich on July 24, 2012
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MARIJUANA GODS is a vivid portrait of being adventurous and delirious in America.

Doug Shear captures the abandon of being young; the urge to create our own fate, to connect with everyone we meet, to make each experience valuable.

Shear's book is a tantalizing blend of humorous encounters and serious reflections... how do we love our old fashioned parents? What kind of work is fulfilling? Why do we need to leave home to discover ourselves? How can we choose between lust and love?

I read many memoirs--and am now writing my third.
Doug Shear is a master at this genre: he is fearless and candid; he invites us into his poignant quest for meaning in our crazy world.

Again, try this book: it is vital and unique. The satire and the wisdom make the whole karma worth the trip.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Amadiz on August 12, 2012
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Told in an irreverent voice, American Karma is a coming-of-age story about a nice Jewish boy from Miami. Doug is a 17-year old pot-smoking, hippie wanna-be ensnared by the expectations that come from trying to find his place in society. You see, Miami is a prison in Paradise and Doug yearns for something free.

So, dragging Nixon - his skeptical black friend who much prefers having all life's essentials within reach - along, he hitchhikes to Utopia, a vaguely idyllic place of free food, free love and endless pot - an idea `sold' to him by someone who knows someone who says, 'Mary from Maryland' knows exactly where it is. It's a hilarious, circuitous expedition that traverses up the East Coast then abruptly shifts off-course on a `Go-West-young-man' adventure, only to end up right back where it began.

American Karma is an appealing merry-go-round, on which Doug encounters an array of often lively, always vivid characters - Bologna Jane, Big Arm, the Misfits, a con-man named Glenn to name a few - all of whom charitably share 'wisdom' with, often, earnest absurdity.

It's a charming, engaging tale about the hubris of innocence in the thinning shadow of the `60s Hippie subculture. Woodstock-laced love, rock `n' roll, solemn tributes to the Marijuana Gods amid drug-hazed days bookend this amusingly lighthearted poke at American stereotypes and youthful arrogance. Doug Shear is not only a master of `the dangling conversations' of Simon & Garfunkel, he's able to intone an artful whisper that invites us to join him on his excursion of comical escapades while he trudges over the `American Dream' only to run headlong into `American Karma.'

American Karma is a sunny read that often overshadows the hints of darkness that mark a boy's quest for maturity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valorie Grant on July 25, 2012
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This is an autobiography of amusing, poignant, heartbreaking youthful folly. A book all ages can read, from age 80 down to today's savvy teenager who thinks they know everything. They are not quite as unique as they thought. Everyone can relate to conflicts with parents, and family that knew what was best for us. When Doug told me he was going to write about his wayward youth, his Satanic Cult and the marijuana filled days. I laughed, "How could you, you can't remember it, you were stoned most of the time." But I was wrong he researched the places, the friends and the states they had lived in, and produced a great book. I think he has written a wonderful, intimate, funny sometimes sad story. It's timeless. Any age group can read it. I urge everyone to download or purchase this book and laugh, cry and remember. Valorie Grant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex M. on August 14, 2012
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I wasn't alive in the 70s so I can't say that it brought back any memories, but I can tell you that the book was a great read. The author paints a great picture of life in the 70s, and was also really quite funny. American Karma is a really fun read and I would recommend it to anyone. It doesn't slow down or become ludicrous at any point. Go for it, its an entertaining read!
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This is a poingnant yet really funny autobiography of the author's "hippie" days. Escaping the violence of the Miami schools, a teen of the seventies (the time known as "the sixties") runs away from home with his best friend and experiences the trials and tribulations of the drug culture, bigots, con artists, and spurned love. His adventure doesn't work as he hoped, so he goes back home and tries again--running away to the free and easy "hippie" life as he misconstrues it. Completely hilarious, a moving snapshop of youthful folly in one of most interesting of historical times, American Karma is a book on the hippie era that is a must read.
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OMG A friend of mine who happens to be a friend of the author recommended this book to me and I have to admit, I had to read it twice becuase it was way too funny, it is the story of a young man turning to a man and all the pitfalls that come with it, told in a hysterical manner you just cannot put it down, I will not reveal much of it but the Dog was great LOL, worth the price and if you were raised in the 70's you will have a laugh while going on a trip down memory lane.
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If you missed the 60--as I sometimes feel I did--this memoir made me appreciate that era without the serious stuff. All hilarity, but with sincerity and bite.

I loved this book. You got to love the characters and their crazy, believable humanity.

And if you want another clever and insightful book, you'll love the author's novel, Rhubarb Culture. It is wry and "makes you think" at the same time.

Enjoy this author's wit.
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