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

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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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Kathryn
Mar 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Holly Ollivander
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Sheela Word
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Bonnie
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
(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.
Alicia Bay Laurel
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
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