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Home Comfort: Stories and Scenes of Life on Total Loss Farm,

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Collection of writings by members of a commune in Vermont about life on their farm. Many illustrations by several members.
Unknown Binding, 329 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Saturday Review Press
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Holly Ollivander
What a time capsule Home Comfort is -- a wonderful collection of sometimes disparate, nearly always uplifting points-of-view from within the community of Total Loss Farm. This book really captures lightning in a bottle - a near-magical coalescing of all that was best about the back-to-the-land movement of the early seventies as embodied by the young, the bendable, the optimistic and the experimentally-minded of two coasts. Unlike most communes, they tended to side-step politics in favour of work ...more
This book was written in the early 1970s by a group of hippies, one of whom was my dad, about the commune that they founded together in Vermont. it can be pretty annoying and precious, but it's a true story and parts of it are funny/beautiful/ridiculous. There is no such thing as the author "Hugh Beame". They made that name up.
Alicia Bay Laurel
Apr 04, 2015 Alicia Bay Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
After the Liberation News Service was chased out of DC by the feds, the darkly cheerful band of artist/intellectuals chose to bivouac in the forested hills of New England, purchase farms and learn to farm them, and invent recipes, myths, costumes, dances, unending in-jokes, even architecture. In the winter of 1971-72, they planned a communal book, each agreeing to write portions of it, and the pieces were read aloud in the communal dining space they had dubbed the Cafe Depresso. The artists of t ...more
Sheela Word
Personal essays, poems, fables, instructions, and drawings portraying the physical, emotional, and spiritual life on a Vermont commune (late 60's, early 70's). The book is a collaborative effort, with different chapters authored by different communards; hence, writing styles and topics vary tremendously. Most of the chapters are good, and some (especially those by Verandah Porche) are wonderful. I also liked the artwork.

I take a dim view of communes in general, but this book makes me want to be
(Non-fiction) This takes place in the 70's on a farm in Vermont. It is the stories of a group of people who live in a commune. I enjoyed it as I found it interesting and honest.
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