Motel Nirvana: Dreaming of the New Age in the American Desert

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Picador, 1997 - Religion - 240 pages
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Alone and seeking answers, McGrath found herself on a journey through the southwestern desert states in search of an American Dream of the spirit. From encounters with channelers, UFOlogists, and conspiracy theorists to investigations of alien abductees, tree huggers, angels, and immortals, McGrath's chronicle represents nothing less that the spiritual anatomy of a culture coming apart at the seams.

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British author McGrath visited the American Southwest in 1993 to find herself, or possibly not. She immersed herself in New Age culture, meeting channelers, UFOlogists, conspiracy theorists, alien ... Read full review

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Melanie McGrath was born in Essex. Her first book, "Motel Nirvana," won the John Llewelyn-Rhys/Mail on Sunday award for Best New British and Commonwealth Writer under 35. She is also the author of "Hard, Soft and Wet: The Digital Generation Comes of Age," and "Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir," She writes for "The Guardian," "The Independent," "The Times," "The Evening Standard "and "Conde Nast Traveller," She is a regular broadcaster on radio, has been a television producer and presenter. She lives and works in London. Her Web site is

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