Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm a collection of true-life stories of a young man’s life on a Vermont farm commune at the height of the back-to-the-land movement
In 1969, author Peter Gould moved to Vermont. Soon after, he turned all the communal living, eating, smoking, dancing, loving, and farming into fiction in his first novel Burnt Toast (Alfred A. Knopf, 1972).
Now, in Horse-Drawn Yogurt, Gould has created a patchwork of true stories of farm life. You’ll learn how locals and newcomers helped each other out in a pivotal moment of history. Find out how young people, new to the land, learned how to tend gardens, animals, and fields, while belonging to a national movement against the Vietnam war and for peace and justice around the world.
“This book is not a memoir,” Gould says. “It’s a patchwork, a comforter. I didn’t throw all those old clothes away. I cut and pieced them and sewed them together. Now they keep me warm.”
“Gould is the dramaturge of our worldly problems and sense of wondrous possibility—he is a national treasure.” —Howard Norman, author of The Bird Artist
“Beautiful humor . . . beautiful writing.”
—Vermont Public Radio
“Total Loss Farm in Guilford, Vermont, was and is a wordy place. Its hilly acres and flimsy buildings provided a refuge from a riven country, a place to grow paragraphs and stanzas, among the tilled rows of the market garden. Peter Gould’s first novel Burnt Toast was a youthful exploration of this mythic turf. Peter left the farm to pursue love and work. In Horse-Drawn Yogurt, Peter returns to offer his take on how we lived in times that seem exotic, yet oddly familiar. He is eloquent, whimsical, critical, musical, magical, and tender.” —Verandah Porche, poet & communard, author of Sudden Eden
“Peter, I sit here dewy-eyed at your honesty, insight, and superb use of the language of story. You got me!” —Dan MacArthur, Vermont timber framer
“No matter where Peter’s going or what he’s doing or how far he’s moved on the miracle-strewn Peter Gould timeline, he has kept a remarkably open channel for the voices and concerns of real people.” —Karen Hesse
“Gould is a consummate observer…”—The Rutland Herald
FOR EDUCATORS, LIBRARIES, CONFERENCES, HISTORICAL SOCIETIES — PETER WILL BE A GUEST SPEAKER OR WORKSHOP LEADER:
“Peter was an inspiration as a guest for my Vermont history class at UVM.”
—Richard Watts, Center for Reseach on Vermont, Director, Assistant Research Professor, Advisor Environmental Program
“Peter Gould’s voice and personality shine through all his stories with wit and incisive insight. His perspective on life in Vermont’s 1970s counterculture is an invaluable one…incredibly helpful, personal and emotional.”—Amanda Gustin, Vermont Historical Society
Peter Gould, recipient of the 2016 Arts Education Award from the Vermont Arts Council, wrote the legendary back-to-the-land novel Burnt Toast (Alfred A. Knopf)—the first fictional treatment of the 1970s commune movement in New England. Peter’s young adult novel, Write Naked (Farrar Straus) won the Green Earth Book Award. Read more at www.petergouldvermont.com.
6 x 9 Paperback Original; $19.95
Pen and ink drawings by the author throughout.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Pub Date: May 12, 2017
Available wherever books are sold. Distributed by Midpoint.
Photo below from the farm for the launch party and reading.