Melissa Coleman has written for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, O Magazine, The Oregonian, Portland Press Herald's Dine Out Maine, Maine magazine, Everett Potter's Travel Report, and Powells.com, and is a columnist for Maine Home + Design.
Her first book, 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. She lives in Maine with her husband and twin daughters.
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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New York Times Review
April 7, 2011
By Janet Maslin
Back-to-the-Land Life Recalled in Dark and Light.
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.