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This Life Is in Your Hands by Melissa Coleman
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Sep 30, 11

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Author Melissa Coleman's parents were pioneers of the local food movement when in the 1960s, inspired by the back to the land lifestyle of Helen and Scott Nearing, they purchased 60 acres of farmland in Maine. With no electricity or indoor plumbing, they set about to create a new life for themselves, one free of commercialism and the trappings of modern life. The life, however, turns out to be not as idyllic as they dreamed it would be. Coleman writes beautifully, and without any bitterness, of the tragic death of her younger sister and her parents' subsequent marital problems. This Life is in your Hands is a very readable memoir on a non-traditional family as well as interesting background of the origins of organic farming.

Rika G.
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