Hard Times in Paradise by David Colfax

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An account of one family's life in a redwood forest describes how the Colfax's lived without electricity, running water, or a phone, and how they educated their sons, three of whom were accepted to Harvard on full scholarships.

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Colfax is a fourth-term at-large trustee of his county's board of education, and until recently hosted a weekly public radio public affairs program. A former professor of sociology, he has served as a social research and forensic consultant. Colfax is a graduate of Penn State who attended the London School of Economics. She has taught in the United States, Canada, and England, and has served as director of field operations for many educational survey research projects.
Published May 19, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 284 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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The boys, subjected to intense media coverage (60 Minutes, The Tonight Show, etc.), have gone on to Fulbrights and high honors at Harvard, while David, who was elected to the county school board in 1985, suffered a near-fatal heart attack in 1990 while chasing a bear.

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The only glitch in this fascinating story is that Micki and David can be rather insufferable in their intolerant judgments of their mainstream academic peers, hippie neighbors and all the average folk who aren't devoting their lives to causes.

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