"Giving new life to an old myth, James and Patricia Scott Deetz demonstrate that as far as Plymouth and the Pilgrims are concerned, the past is not what it used to be, and probably never was. Meticulous, generous, and irreverent, this work is an instant classic."
--Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University, Formerly Librarian and President of the Pilgrim Society of Plymouth
"Thoughtful, provocative, creative, and inclusive, this book will engage any student of American history and culture. It's the next best thing to time travel."
--Elizabeth Reis, Department of History, University of Oregon, author of Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England
"There is no one who could possibly know more on a firsthand basis about life, love, and death at the 17th century American colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts than Jim Deetz. [This is] a fresh, compelling, and entertaining story of the foundation and early development of a significant segment of early American society."
--William M. Kelso, Director of Archaeology, Jamestown Rediscovery
"James Deetz and Patricia Scott Deetz envision an exciting new kind of cultural history, shaped by paths they cut through historical archaeology, anthropology, material culture, and social history. The Times of Their Lives should be required reading."
--Robert Blair St. George, author of Conversing by Signs, and professor of history, University of Pennsylvania
"Mythic in power, graceful in presentation, The Times of Their Lives is a gift to the people."
--Henry Glassie, Folklore Institute, Indiana University
"The detailed accounts of superstitions, sexual indiscretions, and criminal proceedings offer an especially fresh perspective on daily life in seventeenth- century America."
"Highly recommended for public and academic libraries."
--Bonnie Collier, Yale Law School Library
"They wore bright colors, drank like fishes and sometimes ran afoul of the law. Mosh-pit patrons at Woodstock II? Nope — we're talking about the first party animals, the Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth, Mass."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune