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Melissa Coleman

Melissa Coleman's memoir This Life is in Your Hands:  One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak (Harper; $15.99) recounts a vision of paradise gone wrong.  Devotees of the back-to-the-land movement, Coleman's parents carved a working farm out of a rugged sixty acres in Maine.  Coleman's father becomes a guru of the movement. The family's unconventional life becomes the setting for triumph and tragedy, including the drowning death of Coleman's three year old sister in the irrigation pond her father had built to sustain the farm. ". . . so nuanced that it would be a disservice to reveal what was in store."--Janet Maslin, New York Times.

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