TOTAL LOSS FARM: A Year in the Life

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Total Loss Farm: A Year in the Life by Raymond Mungo  Selected and Introduced by Dana Spiotta

A year in the life of a back-to-the-land hippie commune in late 60’s rural Vermont.   Total Loss Farm attracted widespread attention, critical and commercial success in 1970, when the “back to the land” hippie commune movement first emerged.  The book’s first section, “Another Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers,” appeared in its entirety as the cover article of the May 1970 edition of Atlantic Monthly.

The hardcover first edition from Dutton was quickly followed by paperback editions from Bantam, Avon, and Madrona Publishers, keeping the book in print for several decades. Very recently, Dwight Garner in the New York Times Book Review cited Total Loss Farm as “the best and also the loopiest of the commune books.”

Author Raymond Mungo was a founder of this Vermont commune after co-founding the Liberation News Service in Washington, DC in the late 1960’s Of his many books, the first two, Famous Long Ago (currently is used as a college textbook in History of the Sixties classes at NYU, Harvard, Georgia State, and other schools) and Total Loss Farm, have often been described as iconic for their generation.

“Ray Mungo is a wild party in the upstairs apartment of America.  He is also the free mental clinic on the first floor.” —Tom Robbins

ISBN: 978-1-940436-03-6
5.5” x 8.25”, $16.00
Paperback, 161 pages

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