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Outside looking in / T. Coraghessan Boyle.

Boyle, T. Coraghessan, author. (Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library BOY (Text) 33500013049515 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library BOY (Text) 33500013049523 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062882981
  • ISBN: 0062882988
  • Physical Description: 385 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

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Summary, etc.: In 1943, LSD is synthesized in Basel. Two decades later, a coterie of grad students at Harvard are gradually drawn into the inner circle of renowned psychologist and psychedelic drug enthusiast Timothy Leary. Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology Ph.D. student and his wife, Joanie, become entranced by the drug's possibilities such that their "research" becomes less a matter of clinical trials and academic papers and instead turns into a free-wheeling exploration of mind expansion, group dynamics, and communal living. With his trademark humor and pathos, Boyle moves us through the Loneys' initiation at one of Leary's parties to his notorious summer seminars in Zihuatanejo until the Loneys' eventual expulsion from Harvard and their introduction to a communal arrangement of thirty devotees--students, wives, and children--living together in a sixty-four room mansion and devoting themselves to all kinds of experimentation and questioning. Is LSD a belief system? Does it allow you to see God? Can the Loneys' marriage--or any marriage, for that matter--survive the chaotic and sometimes orgiastic use of psychedelic drugs? Wry, witty, and wise, Outside Looking In is an ideal subject for this American master, and highlights Boyle's acrobatic prose, detailed plots, and big ideas. It's an utterly engaging and occasionally trippy look at the nature of reality, identity, and consciousness, as well as our seemingly infinite capacities for creativity, re-invention, and self-discovery.-- Publisher's description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
    Harvard psychology doctoral candidate Fitzhugh Loney is diligently working on his thesis while trying to support his family when visiting lecturer and advisor Timothy Leary arrives on campus. So begins Boyle's spellbinding fictionalized take on the now-infamous Harvard Psilocybin Project, which Leary began in 1960. His intention is to study the therapeutic potential of LSD under supposedly controlled conditions, but he soon conscripts ambitious and naive grad students to participate as subjects. The action follows this inner circle from group "sessions" at Leary's home to Mexico and eventually to the Millbrook estate, where the group decamped after securing the favor of the Mellon heirs. Boyle is the ideal Virgil to guide one through this inferno of experimentation, debauchery, and early counterculture ethos as he incrementally doses out the hallucinatory effect of falling under the sway of an outsize personality and into the grip of a mind-altering drug. Cameos by Allen Ginsberg, Ram Dass, and Ken Kesey further capture the time period, while Boyle's trenchant cultural observations slyly depict how establishment gives way to antiestablishment in this engrossing, mind-expanding trip.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With the nation's renewed interest in psychoactive drugs, Boyle's latest work of countercultural, biographical fiction will lure his devotees and the newly curious alike. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996 > Friends and associates > Fiction.
Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996 > Fiction.
Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996.
LSD (Drug) > Fiction.
Graduate students > Fiction.
Drug abuse > Fiction.
Communal living > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Psychological.
LSD (Drug)
Genre: Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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