If there’s anything we’re in need of right now, it’s a good book. Fortunately, Dear Readers Book Club, the Cooper-Young neighborhood book club, have selected their book for April, We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America by Kate Daloz.
Published by PublicAffairs in 2016, Daloz’s nonfiction book is a chronicle of Vermont’s Myrtle Hill commune — including the author’s parents, Peave Corps veterans who aspired to build a geodesic dome in the community — as well as the larger “back to the land” movement of the 1970s.
“Between 1970 and 1974 ten million Americans abandoned the city, and the commercialism, and all the inauthentic bourgeois comforts of the Eisenhower-era America of their parents. Instead, they went back to the land. It was the only time in modern history that urbanization has gone into reverse.”
As of this update, there is not an in-person meeting scheduled; however, it’s possible a Google Hangout will be created in order for readers to discuss the selection. For more information, email Kenzie5000@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. —Amanda Yarbro-Dill