This Life Is in Your Hands by Melissa Coleman

68%

6 Critic Reviews

...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...
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Synopsis

“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.

 

About Melissa Coleman

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As a freelance writer, Melissa Coleman has covered lifestyle, health, and travel. She lives in Freeport, Maine, with her husband and twin daughters.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 341 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for This Life Is in Your Hands
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 04 2011

...the author describes her bucolic girlhood in languid, deliberately measured prose, and investigates the downward spiral that followed her sister’s death.

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NY Times

Below average
on May 06 2011

...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...

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Apr 06 2011

Ms. Coleman keeps that story so nuanced that it would be a disservice to reveal what was in store. If you want to know what happened, read it for yourself.

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Book Buzz

Excellent
on Apr 18 2012

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.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

Good
on May 26 2011

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."

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The Readers Cafe

Below average
on Jul 28 2012

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.

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