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Melissa ColemanMelissa Coleman is a Maine-based freelance travel writer and the author of the memoir, This Life Is in Your Hands.

Melissa’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Boston GlobeNational Geographic Traveler, Travel WeeklyO Magazine, The Oregonian, Portland Press Herald, Maine, Maine Home + Design, and on Everett Potter’s Travel Report and Powells.com.

This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family’s Heartbreak, was a New York Times bestseller, Indie Next Pick, People’s Pick in People Magazine, and nonfiction finalist for the Maine Literary and New England Book awards. A window into the 1970s back-to-the-land movement, it tells of the joys, challenges, and a family tragedy experienced while growing up on an off-the-grid homestead that was inspired by self-sufficiency icons Helen and Scott Nearing.

Melissa’s father, Eliot Coleman, a renowned pioneer of the organic farming movement, and her stepmother, gardening author Barbara Damrosch, own Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. Her sister, Clara Coleman, manages the family farm and is a sustainable farming consultant.

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