Books: The Alternative Experience

GETTING BACK TOGETHER by Robert Houriet. 412 pages. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. $7.95.

WHAT THE TREES SAID: LIFE ON A NEW AGE FARM by Stephen Diamond. 182 pages. Delacorte. $5.95 (paperback $2.45).

Their friends in the cities call them escapists. The New Left scorns them as naive. To their "straight" neighbors on farms or in small villages, they all too often look like sex-mad anarchists. But the thousands of Americans who have chosen to create a new life in rural communes regard themselves as a new generation of pioneers pursuing that most elusive of...

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