The University of Iowa Press is proud to announce the release of our newest Iowa and the Midwest Experience title, Transcendental Meditation in America: How a New Age Movement Remade a Small Town in Iowa, by Joseph Weber!
"Fairfield, Iowa, is both a unique cultural phenomenon and a microcosm of the Baby Boomers' attempt to integrate Indian spirituality into mainstream life. Joseph Weber reports this fascinating and historically significant story with the objectivity, balance, and illuminating prose of a skilled journalist."—Philip Goldberg, author, American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West
"Weber brings a journalist's eye for character and story to this engrossing account of Transcendental Meditation and the town—and lives—in transformed. Along the way he probes religious and cultural questions about tradition and change, healing, community, place, and much more. This book is a lively and eye-opening delight."—Matthew S. Hedstrom, University of Virginia