Yet Myrtle Hill's summer ends in panic as they rush to build shelter while they struggle to reconcile their ideals with the somber realities of physical hardship and shifting priorities—especially when one member goes dangerously rogue. At the dawn of the 1970s, waves of hopeful idealists abandoned the city and headed for the country, convinced that a better life awaited. I came to appreciate the positive effects this movement had along with its, sometimes ugly, pitfalls. It was published by PublicAffairs and has a total of 384 pages in the book. Somehow they mananged to prevail in court, but the land was ultimately divided up into privately-owned parcels. Reading this book helped me to appreciate how organic farming became what it is today and developed an infrastructure that provides us with heirloom tomatoes year-round.
It was published by PublicAffairs and has a total of 384 pages in the book. So did recycling a mainstay of farming culture. Yes, I know her parents and most of the people she writes about--but I never knew many of these tales, so lovingly and clearly rendered. Kate Daloz has written a meticulously researched testament to the dreams of a generation disillusioned by their parents' lifestyles, scarred by the Vietnam War, and yearning for rural peace. Being free to do what you want and set your own rules leads to some unexpected limitations: once the group starts growing a little marijuana they can no longer call on the protection of the law, especially against a rogue member of a nearby community. For example, the author describes then men working on construction projects until dinner, then enjoying free time afterwards, while the women were stuck washing dishes without running water and putting children to bed.
It was a huge disappointment for me. Fascinating History A huge movement that I personally missed but find so interesting is laid out with what I suspect is mostly realism coupled with pleasant memories. Not only is this a wonderful story, it's absolutely true! But Daloz doesn't confine herself to Myrtle Hill. Secondly, the book includes extensive endnotes at the end -- but frustratingly, no numbered footnotes appear in the text. They had little idea that at the same moment, all over the country, a million other young people were making the same moveback to the land.
From a crowded cast of characters, Daloz has written a page turner. Daloz allows the reader to feel the searching and yearning that characterized the era, describing the wandering of seekers from coast to coast--their travels serving as the social media networks of the day as they shared ideas, books, lovers, gardening methods, building designs, recipes, and approaches to childbirth from commune to commune. Her book PublicAffairs, 2016 traces the path taken by many children of suburbia in the 1960s across the country who, like her parents, wanted to return to the land. I admit it was slightly surreal to recognize people and places from my childhood with now an adult perspective. Really interesting read about the communal living boom in the 70s.
Kate did a wonderful job portraying both a historical movement and telling a richly detailed true story involving memorable characters. So why not 5 starts? Further, the spirit of the movement supports questioning what is expected vs what is best for us as people. I absolutely could not put it down as I was caught up in the successes and failures of these young people. They were full of dreams, mostly lacking in practical skills, and soon utterly out of money. Told as a story that spanned many years about the goings on with the backdrop of back to earth movement of the time. I came to appreciate the positive effects this movement had along with its, sometimes ugly, pitfalls.
The only drawback for me was that so 4. Library Journal Review I enjoy these little slices of life from this time period. Daloz grew up in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, in the geodesic dome her parents built after coming home from the Peace Corps. So why not 5 starts? We Are As Gods follows the Myrtle Hill commune as its members enjoy a euphoric Free Love summer. They had little idea that at the same moment, all over the country, a million other young people were making the same move,back to the land. I obtained my copy of this book from Goodreads and I appreciate the opportunity to read and review it.
The communes became more conventional too as middle-class values initially rejected were rediscovered a few years later. Daloz holds the people she writes about with great care and is also lovingly able to unveil their foibles and failings. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar among other publications. Further, the spirit of the movement supports questioning what is expected vs what is best for us as people. One f I enjoyed this well researched and written book.
We are as gods back to the land in the 1970s on the quest for a new america kate daloz on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers at the dawn of the 1970s waves of hopeful idealists abandoned the city and headed for the country. For example, the author details why the period of 1965-1975 was perhaps the only one in American history in which urbanization reversed. Daloz has written a book that is both scholarly and intimate. Nearby, a fledgling organic farm sets to work with horses, and a couple,the author's parents,attempts to build a geodesic dome. We Are As Gods sheds light on one generation's determination to change their own lives and, in the process, to change the world. For others, it is a prison sentence.
We ended up with something else. We Are As Gods follows the Myrtle Hill commune as its members enjoy a euphoric Free Love summer. Growing up in a geodesic dome is not a claim everyone can make, but author can. I definitely recommend the read. But it also covers the broader story of that generation and that movement, and the history of communes, which was so interesting. As one of the characters of this book, I am grateful that Kate has provided an accurate account of what we hoped and dreamed, loved and lived during this unique period in our country's history.