• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (April 10, 2012)
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.
As a freelance writer, Melissa Coleman has covered lifestyle, health, and travel. She lives in Freeport, Maine, with her husband and twin daughters.
Melissa’s Tour Stops
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Thursday, April 12th: Tina’s Book Reviews
Tuesday, April 17th: sidewalk shoes
Wednesday, April 18th: The House of the Seven Tails
Thursday, April 19th: A Bookish Way of Life
Friday, April 20th: Amused By Books
Monday, April 23rd: Literature and a Lens
Tuesday, April 24th: she reads and reads
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Thursday, April 26th: Veronica MD
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