Searching for the Garden of Eden
By Brook Wilensky-Lanford
(Grove Press, Hardcover, 9780802119803, 291pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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In "Paradise Lust," Brook Wilensky-Lanford introduces readers to the enduring modern quest to locate the Garden of Eden on Earth. It is an obsession that has consumed Mesopotamian archaeologists, German Baptist ministers, British irrigation engineers, and the first president of Boston University, among many others. These quixotic Eden seekers all started with the same brief Bible verses, but each ended up at a different spot on the globe: Florida, the North Pole, Ohio, China, and, of course, Iraq. Evocative of Tony Horwitz and Sarah Vowell, Wilensky-Lanford writes of these unusual characters and their search with sympathy and wit. Charming, enlightening, and utterly unique, "Paradise Lust" is a century-spanning history that will take you to places you never imagined.