WW 66: New Book on Oneida Community

Hello mamas and papas.  Close friends are truly a treasure, and I have one such wonderful friend in Ellen Wayland-Smith.  Ellen and I attended college together, lived in Paris together as students, and have kept in close touch ever since.  We now live far apart as Ellen lives in Los Angeles and I live here in New York City.  Chances to see each other  are rare and I treasure them.

Ellen is a descendant of John Humphrey Noyes, the founder of the Oneida Community, a religiously based socialist Utopian community based in upstate Oneida, NY during the 19th century.  Ellen just published a book on the history of the community titled Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table, and has gotten some amazing press.

Noyes had instructed his followers to reject monogamous marital relationships and embrace “Complex Marriage” which involved all members of the community in multiple sexual relations.

oneida community

The end of the school year has me running to and fro with hardly time to keep up with my kids let alone sink my teeth into a fascinating new book.  But as soon as the school year ends, I can’t wait to read this well-received book which, in recounting the story of one notable family, teaches us about a critical moment in American history.

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” ― Robert Penn Warren

I’m SO proud of Ellen for managing to write and publish this book while teaching and raising two daughters!

There’s nothing as great as a few relaxed hours with someone you love and trust, and who knows you so well.  It took no time at all for us to be talking in depth about husbands, kids, lives as moms, and all the rest.

Ellen Wayland-Smith

Can’t wait for the next catch up!

Friends, don’t forget to enter our Weekly Wrap Up below to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of Ellen’s new book.

Thanks for reading!

Melissa xo

Weekly Giveaway


  • One (1) $50 Amazon gift card
  • PLUS a copy of the book Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table by Ellen Wayland-Smith



  • Enter using the Gleam widget below.
  • Open to U.S readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter.
  • You have multiple ways you can enter to increase your chances of winning.
  • The giveaway ends on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time).
  • Winner will be announced on the widget below within 48 hours after the giveaway has ended.

Weekly $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check back for more! xo

  • ritzy910

    Sounds like an interesting book, can’t wait to read it.

  • steve weber

    Looks like a good read.. thanks for sharing.

  • Betsy R Barnes

    This really sounds like a fascinating story, one I would be interested to read! 🙂

    • I highly recommend it! (obviously) 🙂

  • Lisa Brown

    Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

    • Thanks for entering, Lisa! Good luck! 🙂

  • cynthiac

    I have heard of the Oneida community and would like to learn more about it.

  • Julie Wood

    I have read and heard of the Oneida Community and would love to read your friends book. It looks very interesting!

    • It is so good! Thanks for entering!

  • Elisabeth

    That sounds like a fascinating book for sure!

    • It is! Highly recommend it. Thanks for reading, Elisabeth! 🙂

  • GillisHills

    I’ve never heard of the Oneida Community. That is so interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa

    Very interesting! Thanks for the info!

  • Suzanne Evans Greene

    I would like to read this book; thank you for the opportunity!

    • It’s wonderful! Thanks for entering!

  • Richard Char

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  • Natalie

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • mommyto2girlz

    The book actually sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie Lynn

    I look forward to reading this!

  • shellypeterson

    sounds interesting!

  • Susan Smith

    Sounds like an interesting book.

  • Vero M

    Thanks for the chance!

  • vicki lorenz

    I had an Uncle who was a child product from this community. I never knew this until about 10 years ago. The family never spoke about it.

    • How fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

  • Richard Hicks

    Looks like a good read to me.

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  • slehan

    That’s a book I’d like to read.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • Brandon Sparks

    I would love to read that book. Thank you so much…

  • PhancyPheet

    Cloudmom for president! fingers crossed I win one of these weeks!

  • Sharon Braswell

    Wow, what a book! Congratulations to your friend Ellen! It sounds like it would make a great movie too. I love family history stories. Thank you!

  • Anel Winney

    Always looking for a great book to read. Thanks for sharing!

  • aekz2

    I’d like to read this book. It sounds very interesting.