Growing Up Organic

Janet Maslin is so enthralled with the memoir This Life is in Your Hands, that she dissolves into a booktalking cliche at the end of her NYT review, “If you want to know what happened, read it for yourself.”

In the book, author Melissa Coleman reveals what is was like to grow up with back-to-the-land zealot parents (her father, Elliot Coleman, is a major force in the organic farming movement and the author of several books on the subject). Maslin admits that it can be faulted for too much detail (“…the plink-plink of every freshly picked berry dropped in a bucket can almost be heard”) but, “More often, there is haunting power here, as well as lush, vivid atmosphere that is alluring in its own right.”

An excerpt appears in the April issue of O Magazine.

This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone
Melissa Coleman
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2011-04-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061958328 / 9780061958328

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