The Divine Supermarket: Travels in Search of the Soul of America (Paperback)
Traveling in a battered camping van, Malise Ruthven set out across America in search of the manifestations--often bizarre and sometimes terrifying--of its religious spirit. The journey took him from the dark woods of Puritan New England to neo-Nazi cults in the Rockies; from Mormons and snake handlers to fundamentalist groups who challenge the teaching of evolution; from channelers in California to the sexual and financial scandals surrounding millionaire TV preachers. The Divine Supermarket is his quirky and brilliantly-observed account of the journey, offering illuminating and humorous insights into the baffling soul of modern America.
About the Author
Malise Ruthven is a writer and historian of the Islamic world, with a focus on religious fundamentalism. He has been a scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, and has taught Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Aberdeen, the University of California, and at Dartmouth. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, among other publications, and is the author of several other books, including Fury for God and Fundamentalism.
"Ruthven is a civilized man, sharp-witted and clever, with an impressive mastery of American social and cultural history and he has written a brilliant account of his travels in search of our spiritual byways and backwaters." -- Los Angeles Times
"A perfect and crazy concept . . . It's a rocking good read and something of a pocket guide to hell." --Time Out