“Paradise Now” Includes New Harmony

Jerry Wade (the Wade in LemonWade) has alerted me to a new book: “Paradise Now,” by Chris Jennings. The New York Times says: ‘Some hundred-odd experimental communities formed on American soil in the Revolution’s wake. Though “Paradise Now” treats only five of them, it spans the entire disorienting period, with its maelstrom of awakenings and revivals, booms and busts. Jennings’s sure grasp never falters. The result is a triumph of scholarship and narration: five stand-alone community studies and a coherent, often spellbinding history of the United States during its tumultuous first half-century.’ One of the communities explored by Jennings is New Harmony, Indiana, where Wade lives.

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