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.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Melissa Coleman
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Dimensions: Width: 13.70cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 20.30cm
ISBN 10: 0061958336
Publication Date: 28 June 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Her memoir is as wrenching as it is beautifully written. -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
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, author of Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher
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