Book Review: Back From the Land by Eleanor Agnew

The full title is Back From the Land: How Young Americans Went to Nature in the 1970s and Why They Came Back.  Drawing on her own personal experience with homesteading as a hippie and the experience of numerous current and former back-to-the-landers of the generation that she interviewed, the author shows us just what her subtitle promised: why some hippies left not just the mainstream but civilization proper to try to live off the land, and what made them return.
This is an interesting read for anyone who has questioned the sanity of the “modern” world and considered, however seriously, leaving it for ecological or social reasons.  For those who dislike hippies it may be a chuckle.  For those who are considering or working on an alternative to the cities and suburbs it is a book of cautionary tales.
– Amanda
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