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Greetings from Utopia Park - Surviving a Transcendent Childhood

Claire Hoffman

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In this engrossing, provocative, and intimate memoir, a young journalist reflects on her childhood in the heartland, growing up in an increasingly isolated meditation community in the 1980s and '90s-a fascinating, disturbing look at a fringe culture and its true believers. When Claire Hoffman's alcoholic father abandons his family, his desperate 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-the Maharishi's method of meditation and his approach to living the fullest possible life-was a salvo that promised world peace and enlightenment just as their family fell 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 with her father and breaks from Maharishi completely. After a decade of working 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. Greetings from Utopia Park takes us deep into this complex, unusual world, illuminating its joys and comforts, and its disturbing problems. While there is no utopia on earth, Hoffman reveals, there are noble goals worth striving for: believing in belief, inner peace, and a firm understanding that there is a larger fabric of the universe to which we all belong.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Andi Arndt

Length:

8h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

33:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

31:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

35:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:33