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The paperback of This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak, a New York Times bestseller and Indie Next List selection, came out in April 2012. The paperback's bonus P.S. section includes a behind-the-book essay, author Q+A, book group questions, and a reading list.
New York Times Review
April 7, 2011
By Janet Maslin
Back-to-the-Land Life Recalled in Dark and Light.
This Life Is in Your Hands
"Set on a rugged coastal homestead during the 1970s, This Life Is in Your Hands introduces a superb young writer driven by the need to uncover the truth of a childhood tragedy and connect anew with the beauty and vitality of the back-to-the land ideal that shaped her early years."
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Praise from Wally Lamb
"Combine the sincerity of Thoreau's Walden with the poignancy of Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle, add dashes of the lush prose found in Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire, and you end up with Melissa Coleman's This Life Is in Your Hands..."
—Wally Lamb, author The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She's Come Undone
From O, The Oprah Magazine:
Into the Woods: An Idyllic Life in Rural Maine Undone by Tragic Loss.
Melissa Coleman is the author of This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak, a New York Times bestseller and Indie Next Pick for May 2011. It was a People's Pick in People Magazine, excerpted in O, The Oprah Magazine, and a nonfiction finalist for the New England Book Award and Maine Literary Award.
Melissa is a columnist for Maine Home + Design magazine, blogs at Bright-Minded Home, and organizes the Super Famous Writers Series at The Telling Room, a Portland writing center for children and young adults. She lives in Maine with her husband and twin daughters and can be found at www.melissacoleman.com.
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