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American Karma - Twilight of the Marijuana Gods by [Shear, Doug]
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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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028Y5WKO
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By Jose Colon on January 25, 2013
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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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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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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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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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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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By G on August 13, 2012
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If you were born a little late (or even a little early) to experience the 60's, this is a must read. It's the kind of wild ride that makes you wish for days when people had that kind of freedom while simultaneously being glad that they're gone. Doug shear uses bright imagery and a sardonic wit to keep you turning the page. I recommend this book to anyone with a thirst for adventure and a sense of humor.
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This book is a personal and intimate, sometimes painfully, but always a joy to read. I love the colorful, free spirited, hippie counter-culture. I was part of it, and I can confirm that American Karma is an accurate portrayal of time. It didn't turn out quite so bad for me as it did for the author, but that was his Karma. Maybe he should have made more sacrifices to the marijuana gods.
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good book! i enjoyed reading it. some parts toward the end were kind of slow, but overall i loved it! definitely a fun read, and the author writes like he is talking to a friend, so there is no extra unnecessary verbal fluff. quick read.
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