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Back from the Land

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Eleanor Agnew received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. She has also written My Mama's Waltz, a book for which she appeared on Oprah. Ms. Agnew is literacy coordinator for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School system. She is married with three sons and lives in Savannah, Georgia.


Interesting for anyone who has fantasized about country life. * Baltimore City Paper * Back from the Land . . . details these visionaries and their movement. . . . Provides an excellent survey. * Midwest Book Review * Agnew offers a balanced, critical view that conveys both the profound rewards as well as the stresses that the 'simple life' brought. * Booklist * Eleanor Agnew's lovely memoir of this movement of primal innocence is at once honest and hilarious. . . . She recaptures the period with unerring skill. -- Christopher Hitchens * The New York Times * If you've ever indulged fantasies of . . . living off the land, Agnew's new book . . . might make you regain an appreciation for your Maytag. * E-The Environmental Magazine * Agnew . . . understands these well-meaning people, and never patronizes them. . . . Charmingly told. -- Jim Motavalli * Dragonfly Review * A valuable personal and historical pilgrimage through one of US society's countercultures. . . . For nostalgic reading as well as for the scholarship of culture. -- J. H. Smith * CHOICE * A balanced, perceptive portrait of the [back-to-the-land] movement. -- Leonard Quart * Berkshire Eagle * Agnew has managed to recreate a compelling chapter of American history. -- Christine Mangan * Whole Life Review * Her work reflects her gift for storytelling . . . a compelling read. * Encyclopedia Of Chicago * In Back from the Land, Eleanor Agnew weaves together an intriguing mix of her own first-person experiences and those of like-minded idealists. . . . Its value resides in its insights into the painful struggles individuals and families are forced to go through as they attempt to break away from the materialism of a consumer society in order to leave a lighter, sustainable, footprint on this earth. -- Jeffrey Jacob, University of Calgary, author of New Pioneers Eleanor Agnew has captured the excitement and idealism of the back-to-the-landers of the 1970s and has followed their countercultural dream full cycle. . . . Agnew's mixing of her personal history with the stories of others gives this book extraordinary warmth and vitality. -- Tim Miller, Department of Religious Studies, University of Kansas Informative account . . . intriguing. . . . Some of the best writing is from Agnew's own memories. * Publishers Weekly *

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