LitSnap - Fiction and NonFiction Book Reviews

Buy Now - Kindle or Print
Add To Wishlist - Kindle or Print

No book cover found

Paradise Lust by Brook Wilensky-Lanford.. The Fountain of Youth is so yesterday: Why not find the Garden of Eden? Several have tried, and their stories are compiled here with humor and rigor.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Most people probably think the search for a “real” Garden of Eden was abandoned centuries ago. With so many modern scientific advances, the discovery of fossil evidence from early ages and, of course, the advance of Darwin’s theory of evolution, surely no one would be so mad as to look for an actual Eden. Brook Wilensky-­Lanford’s first book, “Paradise Lust,” suggests just the opposite."

The New York Times

"Wilensky-Lanford has certainly done her homework for this summary and analysis of the search for the “actual” Eden. Her journey began with a family story about a great-uncle who had toyed with locating Eden. As she began reading about the subject, she discovered its vast dimensions. After sketching the many earlier searches, she focuses on those within the last century, beginning with Boston University president William Fairfield Warren, who, in the late 19th century, placed Eden at the North Pole."

Kirkus Reviews

Author bio: Brook Wilensky-Lanford has written for Salon, Triple Canopy, Killing the Buddha, Lapham's Quarterly, and The Exquisite Corpse. A graduate of Columbia University's M.F.A. program in nonfiction, she lives in the Garden State. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (291 pp. Exhuminous: Kindle/Print editions)

Publisher Website:

© 2011 LitSnap LLC