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Back to the land was hard for women,
This review is from: This Life Is in Your Hands (Hardcover)
I was very interested to read this book because I was just a little too young to have participated in the back to the land movement but I was around at the time. I liked the book but I thought that she was too hard on her mother. I knew some women who were trying to live that life, it was pretty tough to be an earth mother back then or maybe at any time. I can't imagine trying to deal with cloth diapers when you are bringing your water from a spring on a yoke. Her mother was cooking for many people, taking care of children, cleaning and doing chores on the farm while her husband was off doing other things. It didn't seem like her husband was doing any of the house work or child rearing. I just think she deserves more credit than she got in this book. Maybe the back to the land movement was a little bit harder on women than on men.
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Initial post: Aug 27, 2011 10:43:22 AM PDT
B. B. Donaldson says:
I read the book and agree with your perceptions. Sue Coleman seemed more warmly human and dedicated to her family than did Eliot, whose ambitions took him increasingly away from his original commitments and responsibilities. Both Eliot and Melissa seemed way too hard on Sue and expected too much from her.
Posted on Mar 6, 2014 10:09:09 PM PST
In "Meanwhile, Next Door to the Good Life," a book that is recommended by Melissa Coleman, author Jean Hay Bright presents Susan Coleman as a caring mother and as a role model for herself. Helen and Scott Nearing were mentors to both Jean and Susan's families, and the families were neighbors in the woods.
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