“Neither too academic nor too whimsical, the storytelling in Paradise Lust is often irresistible.”

The New York Times

“A gloriously researched, pluckily written historical and anecdotal assay of humankind’s age-old quixotic quest.”


Paradise Lust is a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice!

“Dense, absorbing…[Wilensky-Lanford’s] interest in her subject is deep, her narrative is expertly layered.”

The Wall Street Journal

“Succeeds in doing what the best one-subject historical studies do, which is to reframe history.”

The San Francisco Chronicle

“In seeking out the seekers for the biblical Paradise, Wilensky-Lanford has created a paradisaical oasis of a book.”

Andrei Codrescu, author of The Poetry Lesson

“I won’t tell you whether or not she finds Eden, but she did find a great topic.”

A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

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