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This Life is In Your Hands: A Memoir: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak
 
 
Author
Melissa Coleman.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780061958335
Pages/Publication Date 326/2011
Daedalus Item Code 36373
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In 1968, Melissa Coleman's parents Eliot and Sue packed their VW truck and set out to build a farm on a rugged coastal homestead, inspired by Helen and Scott Nearing's Living the Good Life. The Colemans became icons of the back-to-the-land farming movement, but 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 Melissa's honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive memoir.

"A fascinating look at the roots of the organic movement as well as a cautionary tale about the limits of idealism and the importance of forgiveness."—Washington Post

"Lyrical and down-to-earth, wry and heartbreaking, [this] is a fascinating and powerful memoir. Melissa Coleman doesn't just tell the story of her family's brave experiment and private tragedy; she brings to life an important and underappreciated chapter of our recent history."—Tom Perrotta

"Combine the sincerity of Walden with the poignancy of The Glass Castle, add dashes of the lush prose found in The Botany of Desire, and you get This Life Is in Your Hands.... I was engaged and deeply moved by this evocative tale of Paradise found then lost."—Wally Lamb

 
 
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