This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone
by Melissa Coleman
In the fall of 1968, the author's parents, Eliot & Sue Coleman, an idealistic young couple from well-to-do families, pack a few essentials into their VW truck and abandon the complications of the modern world and carve a farm from the woods. They move to a remote area on the coast of Maine and become disciples of Helen & Scott Nearing, authors of the homesteading bible, Living the Good Life. On 60 acres of land, Eliot & Sue begin to forge a new existence, subsisting on the crops they grow and sell as they build a home with their own hands.
Pursuing this purer, simpler life comes at a price. A tragic accident happens that destroys the family's life. It's interesting to see how the author looks back on her life, the role of fate, and the power of forgiveness as she struggles to understand her family's complicated past. An excellent read!