@Bank of Books - Santa Paula - Wendy Baker - "My Name was Mushroom"
Summary for "My Name Was Mushroom"
At age 14, Wendy Gossard was drawn by the tranquil blue eyes and personal magnetism of a man known as Yahowah, leader of a spiritual group called the Source Family. Fleeing her own family and becoming a fugitive from justice in the state of California, Wendy followed the 1970s cult group across settlements in California and Hawaii on a quest for spiritual direction, communal harmony, and basic survival. Growing up, the teenager, called Mushroom by Yahowah, had questions about her pregnancy, relationships, and place in the universe-and about the boy who started her on her quest, the blond-haired son of the spiritual leader.
In this memoir, the author takes the reader on a journey through the 1960s and '70s, with love-ins in Hollywood and on Sunset Blvd., hippie communal living, and survival in wilderness environments. It's also a coming-of-age story about discerning universal wisdom and personal truth.
Wendy Baker is an author and entrepreneur. With her husband, Bart Baker, she runs an insurance agency. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Lighthouse Women's and Children's Shelter in Oxnard, California. She's passionate about helping teenage mothers succeed in life. Wendy lives in Malibu, California, with her husband and enjoys spending time with their three grown children and four grandchildren
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