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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was okay at best. The plot was good, but became tiresome after a while. I doubt I'll reread this book. FWIW, my brother loved it.Published 14 months ago by Rod Levell
this is a fun read of a young man's struggle to find his independence & suffering some in the process. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Carol A. Richardson
Reading this book, takes you right back to the 70's. Very light and entertaining. Doug Shear really captures it all! Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Love 2 Shop
The book is an insight to how good our memories are...boy somethings are never forgotten. I have never read his books ...backtrack to read them all. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Em Kay
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. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Valorie Grant