Pagan Time by Micah Perks
An American Childhood

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With little more than a run-down Jeep and their newborn baby in tow, author Micah Perks' parents set out in 1963 to build a school and a utopian community in the mountains. The school would become known as a place to send teens with drug addictions and emotional problems, children with whom Micah and her sister would grow up.

This complex memoir mixes a moving celebration of the utopian spirit and its desire for community and freedom with a lacerating critique of the consequences of those desires — especially for the children involved. How could the campaign for a perfect home and family create such confusion and destruction? The '60s, for many, became a laboratory of hope and chaos, as young idealists tested the limits of possibility.

Micah Perks has cast her unflinching and precise eye on her own history and has illuminated not only those years of her childhood, but a wide-open moment that marked our culture for all time.

About Micah Perks

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Micah Perks is the author of the novelWe Are Gathered Here. Her stories have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of a Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts grant, two fellowships at the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts, and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. Perks lives in Santa Cruz, where she is an associate professor of literature at the University of California.
Published June 1, 2012 by Counterpoint. 178 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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“The time of my childhood was the nineteen sixties,” begins the author, who immediately seeks to stifle all nascent yawns by admitting, “I know what you’re thinking—marijuana, free love, Woodstock and Watts and Vietnam.” Her 1960s were different (in the first place, she was too young at the time ...

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Perks's breakneck memoir of her childhood on a commune in the Adirondacks is a vigorous, dead-on portrait of the joy and confusion of counterculture life in microcosm.

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