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Kristen R. Ghodsee at Harvard Book Store

June 23, 2023 @ 7:00 pm


June 23, 2023
7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


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Everyday Utopia:
What 2,000 Years of Wild Experiments
Can Teach Us About the Good Life 

in conversation with REBECCA TRAISTER

Everyday Utopia: What 2,000 Years of Wild Experiments Can Teach Us About the Good Life

Harvard Book Store welcomes KRISTEN R. GHODSEE—bestselling author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence—for a discussion of her new book Everyday Utopia: What 2,000 Years of Wild Experiments Can Teach Us About the Good Life. She will be joined in conversation by REBECCA TRAISTER, award-winning author of Big Girls Don’t Cry.

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  • Face coverings are required of all staff and attendees when inside the store. Masks must snugly cover nose and mouth.

About Everyday Utopia

In the 6th century BCE, the Greek philosopher Pythagoras—a man remembered today more for his theorem about right-angled triangles than for his progressive politics—founded a commune in a seaside village in what’s now southern Italy. The men and women there shared their property, lived as equals, and dedicated themselves to the study of mathematics and the mysteries of the universe.

Ever since, humans have been dreaming up better ways to organize how we live together, share our property, raise our children, and determine who’s part of our families. Some of these experiments burned brightly for only a brief while—but others carry on today.

In Everyday Utopia, fascinatingly feminist thinker Kristen R. Ghodsee whisks you away on a tour through history and around the world to explore those places that have boldly dared to reimagine how we might live our daily lives: from the Danish cohousing communities that share chores and deepen neighborly bonds to matriarchal Colombian ecovillages where residents grow all their own food; and from Connecticut, where new laws make it easier for extra “alloparents” to help raise children not their own, to China, where planned microdistricts ensure everything a busy household might need is nearby.

One of those startlingly rare books that upends what you think is possible, Everyday Utopia offers a radically hopeful vision for how to build more contented and connected societies, alongside a practical guide to what we all can do in the meantime to live the good life each and every day.

Praise for Everyday Utopia

“More could be possible than we imagine—that’s the liberating and inspirational message of Kristen Ghodsee’s sweeping feminist history of society at its most creative. What a gift she’s given us with this mind-broadening investigation into how for millennia our fellow human beings have reckoned with the toughest questions of fidelity, family, and love.” —Ada Calhoun, New York Times bestselling author of Why We Can’t Sleep

“Kristen Ghodsee has boldly gone where few would dare to tread. In this warm, intelligent, and lucid book, she takes us on a deep dive into how people have created better systems for living—systems that actually work. With clear-eyed views of how utopian communities can promote human thriving, she offers hope in a time when we desperately need new ways of imagining the future.” —Robert Waldinger, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Life and director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development

“Utopia is back! And it ought to be taken seriously, as history is made by the dreamers. If you want to open up new futures for our private lives, please have a look at this refreshing book. A must-read.” —Thomas Piketty, New York Times bestselling author of A Brief History of Equality