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This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak (P.S.)

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A true story, both tragic and redemptive, This Life Is in Your Hands tells of the quest to make a good life, the role of fate, and the power of forgiveness.

In the fall of 1968, Melissa Coleman's parents pack their VW truck and set out to forge a new existence on a rugged coastal homestead. Inspired by Helen and Scott Nearing, authors of the homesteading bible Living the Good Life, Eliot and Sue build their own home by hand, live off the crops they grow, and establish a happy family with Melissa and her two sisters. They also attract national media and become icons of the back-to-the-land farming movement, but the pursuit of a purer, simpler life comes at a price. In the wake of a tragic accident, idealism gives way to human frailty, and by the fall of 1978, Greenwood Farm is abandoned. The search to understand what happened is at the heart of this luminous, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive memoir.

Synopsis:

“Lyrical and down-to-earth, wry and heartbreaking, This Life Is in Your Hands is a fascinating and powerful memoir. Melissa Coleman doesnt just tell the story of her familys brave experiment and private tragedy; she brings to life an important and underappreciated chapter of our recent history.” —Tom Perrotta 

In a work of power and beauty reminiscent of Tobias Wolff, Jeannette Walls, and Dave Eggers, Melissa Coleman delivers a luminous, evocative childhood memoir exploring the hope and struggle behind her family's search for a sustainable lifestyle. With echoes of The Liars Club and Dont Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight, Colemans searing chronicle tells the true story of her upbringing on communes and sustainable farms along the rugged Maine coastline in the 1970s, embedded within a moving, personal quest for truth that her experiences produced.

About the Author

As a freelance writer, Melissa Coleman has covered lifestyle, health, and travel. She lives in Freeport, Maine, with her husband and twin daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061958335
Subtitle:
One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak
Author:
Coleman, Melissa
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20120410
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.792793 in 9.2 oz

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Product details 352 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061958335 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , “Lyrical and down-to-earth, wry and heartbreaking, This Life Is in Your Hands is a fascinating and powerful memoir. Melissa Coleman doesnt just tell the story of her familys brave experiment and private tragedy; she brings to life an important and underappreciated chapter of our recent history.” —Tom Perrotta 

In a work of power and beauty reminiscent of Tobias Wolff, Jeannette Walls, and Dave Eggers, Melissa Coleman delivers a luminous, evocative childhood memoir exploring the hope and struggle behind her family's search for a sustainable lifestyle. With echoes of The Liars Club and Dont Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight, Colemans searing chronicle tells the true story of her upbringing on communes and sustainable farms along the rugged Maine coastline in the 1970s, embedded within a moving, personal quest for truth that her experiences produced.

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