Dharma Girl: A Road Trip Across the American Generations

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Seal Press, 1996 - Communal living - 170 pages
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Ignited out of complacency by news of her mother's cancer diagnosis, 23-year-old Chelsea Cain embarks on a revolution of self to the beat of the road. Cain and her mother set out for Iowa, and the site of the hippie commune where they lived nearly twenty years earlier. Dharma Girl presents an unforgettable journey about home, loss and self-discovery, and a deeply personal manifesto that sheds new light on the philosophical intersections of two of the most written-about generations of the 20th century.

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Review: Dharma Girl: A Road Trip Across the American Generations

User Review  - Diana H. - Goodreads

An interesting non-fiction title from an excellent horror/mystery/thriller writer. This is a story about Chelsea as she was growing up with hippie parents and how she went home to Iowa to find herself as an adult. Well-written and pretty interesting. A nice read. Read full review

Review: Dharma Girl: A Road Trip Across the American Generations

User Review  - Daisy - Goodreads

Not a favorite because it is great literature, like Wuthering Heights, but a favorite because it is a good counterculture book with many references to my beloved Iowa City. Read full review

About the author (1996)

Writer Chelsea Cain was born in Iowa City, Iowa on February 5, 1972 and lived on a commune in Iowa and then in Bellingham, Washington. She studied political science at the University of California at Irvine, graduating in 1994. She also attended the University of Iowa's graduate school of journalism and has written for several newspapers, including The Oregonian. While at Iowa, she wrote a weekly column for The Daily Iowan. Her master┐s thesis at the University of Iowa became Dharma Girl, a memoir about Cain's early childhood on the hippie commune. One of her professors presented it to several editors for review, and Seal Press picked it up as Cain's first published work. She was 24 years old. Cain publishes in several genres and has penned a memoir, works of humor, and thrillers. After working as a Creative Director at a PR firm in Portland for several years, Cain began writing humor books in her spare time, including The Hippie Handbook: How to Tie-Dye a T-Shirt, Flash a Peace Sign, and Other Essential Skills for the Carefree Life Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, and Does this Cape Make Me Look Fat? Pop-Psychology for Superheroes, which Cain co-wrote with her husband. Cain also composed a weekly column for Portland┐s alternative newspaper, The Portland Mercury,and started contributing to Portland┐s major daily, The Oregonian in 2003when she left marketing behind to focus on writing full-time. Her last column with The Oregonian was posted on December 28, 2008. She wrote her first thriller Heartsick in 2004, while pregnant with her daughter. It was published in 2007, and was an instant New York Times Bestseller along wirh her other works Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, and Let Me Go.

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