The book is Not In Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale Of How Magic Is Transforming America by Christine Wicker. This is my second attempt at reading the book. I first picked up the book in 2005 and began reading. I got less than half-way through before I realized I could not continue with it anymore. Now six years-later I wondered if it was time for me to finally finish it. Unfortunately it was not. I started over and once again, I simply could not finish reading this book.
The book is about a "normal" woman's journey into freak-ville (magical traditions and the people who practice them). The author is an atheist. At the conclusion of the journey the author has not undergone any significant changes. In interviews I've heard with the author it's apparent that this was simply a job, a book she enjoyed writing, but at the end of the day it was simply a money-paying job and this "normal woman" went back to her "normal world" being none-the-wiser for her experiences.
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give it a 5. It is average. It is not horrible. I give it a 5 because the concept is unoriginal and I'm personally sick of "normal people" vacationing in freak-ville and not coming home with a souvenir in the form of changed outlook on life or reality.