New York Times, Janet Maslin

"Intense readability . . .haunting power . . . as well as lush, vivid atmosphere that is alluring in its own right. . . . Coleman's memoir is not one of trendy virtue, but of authenticity. [A] story so nuanced that it would be a disservice to reveal what was in store. If you want to know what happened, read it for yourself."
Back-to-the-Land Life Recalled in Dark and Light

New York Times Book Review, Megan Mayhew Bergman

"Rendered with sublimity . . . [Coleman] fluently describes the power of the natural world, familial love and heartbreak, grace after loss."
A Memoir of Living off the Grid

People, People Pick, Ellen Shapiro

"Coleman's moving recounting never loses hope of redemption."
People Pick

Los Angeles Times, Susan Salter Reynolds

"The Colemans and the Nearings . . . worked hard to create an alternative economy that is still growing in rural America. This memoir is evidence of their great sacrifices."

Marie Claire, Kimberly Cutter

"Riveting . . . While the mystery of Heidi's death is the engine that drives the story, it is Coleman's clear-eyed portrayal of the wonder and difficulty of living so close to nature that gives the book its power."
Need to Read

Boston Globe, Kate Tuttle

"Affecting. . . . The book's lovely and unadorned lyricism shines.", Rachel Syme

"[This Life Is In Your Hands] is a rare breed of book–a memoir that justifies its own existence; that feels like it needs to exist. What Coleman does so well here is break down a deeply seated myth about giving up the luxuries of city life and returning to the land. . . . Coleman shows that without the essential ingredient of heart, any family–no matter how perfect and revolutionary it seems–is in danger of experiencing real loss."

Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, Tim Nason

"A stunning memoir. . . . A story about overcoming grief, a courageous effort to heal a time in the past which many of the people involved probably thought too difficult to ever talk about. Melissa Coleman�s book is a powerful and remarkable achievement."

Tuscon Citizen, Larry Cox

"This uncompromising memoir is tender, nonjudgmental, and heartfelt."

Publishers Weekly

"[A] timely and honest portrait."


NPR: Maine Public Broadcasting Network

July 6, 2012
Interview by Keith Shortall:
Maine Author: Living the Simple Life not so Simple

MPBN's Maine Calling

June 19, 2012
Call in show with host Keith Shortall, writer Joe Conway and MOFGA executive director Russell Libby.

NPR: To the Best of Our Knowledge

April 27, 2012
Interview by Anne Strainchamps:
Back to the Land, Again

Washington Post

April 24, 2012
Review by Nora Krug:
Book World

Book Riot

December 15, 2011
Review by Kim Ukura:
Best Books of 2011

Eagle Tribune

November 27, 2011
Roundup by Teri Schlichenmeyer:
Seasons Readings: Gift Guide 2011

Julie True Kingsley's Blog

September 28, 2011
Review by Julie True Kingsley:
My Pick for a Great Read!

The Writing Life Too Blog

August 21, 2011
Blog by Jessica Morrell:
On Writing Hard Truths

Go LocalProv, Providence, RI

August 16, 2011
Roundup by Robin Kall:
Well Read: 8 Great Memoirs

Down East Magazine

July 21, 2011
Review by Agnes Bushell:
Family, Food, and the Farm

Publishers Weekly Blog

June 24, 2011
Blog by Josie Leavitt:
A Very Personal Event

Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener

Summer 2011
Review by Tim Nason:
Reviews and Resources

UVM Alumni Magazine

June 19, 2011
Review by Amanda Kenyon Waite:
Alumna Tells Story of 'One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone'

Burlington Free Press

June 19, 2011
Review by Melissa Pasanen:
Organic Farming Guru's Daughter Shares Story

Burlington Free Press

June 19, 2011
Article by Melissa Pasanen:
Maine Author's Book Features Vermont Farmers

The Oregonian

June 4, 2011
Review by Peggy McMullen:
Hot off the Presses

The Aspen Times

June 2, 2011
Review by Stewart Oksenhorn:
Reality Check

Los Angeles Times

May 29, 2011
Review by Susan Salter Reynolds:

Tuscon Citizen

May 25, 2011
Review by Larry Cox:
Recommended New Memoirs


May 25, 2011
Radio Interview with Mara Davis:
Interview with Melissa Coleman


May 24, 2011
Article by David Gumpert:
Family (farm) affair

New York Times Book Review

May 8, 2011
Review by Megan Mayhew Bergman:
A Memoir of Living off the Grid

Here and Now on NPR

May 5, 2011
Radio interview by Robin Young:
A Family's Utopian Dream, Unravelled

Bangor Daily News

May 1, 2011
Review by Aislinn Sarnacki:
Freeport author travels back to the land to dig up a family past in a memoir earning national esteem


May 1, 2011
Indie Next Pick from IndieBound:
May 2011 Indie Next List

New York Times Bestseller

May 1, 2011
E-Book Nonfiction bestseller:
E-Book Nonfiction List

Portland Press Herald

April 30, 2011
Interview by Meredith Goad:
Author Q & A: 20/20 Version

207 on WCSH Channel 6

April 19, 2011
Interview with Rob Caldwell:
Author Melissa Coleman


April 12-18, 2011
Review by Rachel Syme, books editor:
What We're Reading

Live Work Portland

April 17, 2011
Blog by Chad Frisbie:
Even When The Writing Gets Lonely, The Writers Are Not

Boston Globe

April 10, 2011
Review by Kate Tuttle (scroll down):
Short Takes

Entertainment Realm

April 10, 2011
Review by Amy Steele:
Book Review Guest Blogger

April 9-15, 2011
A week of blog posts for Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon:
Powell's Blog

New York Times

April 7, 2011
Review by Janet Maslin:
Back-to-the-Land Life Recalled in Dark and Light

A Design So Vast

April 6, 2011
Review by Lindsey Mead:
This Life Is in Your Hands

Portland Phoenix

April 6, 2011
Review by Deirdre Fulton:
Back to the Land: Digging up cathartic childhood memories

People Magazine

April 5, 2011
Review by Ellen Shapiro:
People Pick

Marie Claire

April 2011
Review by Kimberly Cutter:
Need to Read

O, The Oprah Magazine

April 2011
Excerpt from the book:
Into the Woods: An Idyllic Life in Rural Maine Undone by Tragic Loss

Maine Magazine

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