“Lyrical and down-to-earth, wry and heartbreaking, This Life Is in Your Hands 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
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 Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Coleman’s searing chronicle tells the true story of her upbringing on communes and sustainable farms along the rugged Maine coastline in the 1970’s, embedded within a moving, personal quest for truth that her experiences produced.
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...Coleman does not provide a satisfying answer to her original question: how to live...what wisdom does she bring to her own role as a wife and mother? Outside of basic biographical notes, readers will learn little...Read Full Review of This Life Is in Your Hands | See more reviews from NY Times
If you are interested in organic food and gardening, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s also just a good story about an American family.Read Full Review of This Life Is in Your Hands
This is a book that will leave a profound impact on the reader and will inspire us all to look at our dreams and remember that "This Life is in Your Hands."Read Full Review of This Life Is in Your Hands
At times, the book comes off rather preachy...“We do it THIS way, and why would you EVER do it another way?” annoying comments that make you un-friend people on facebook and complain to your spouse after a dinner party.Read Full Review of This Life Is in Your Hands
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