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Its Head Came Off by Accident is a humorous, yet poignant reflection on gratitude and loss. It describes a childhood that takes place on a vast Wyoming landscape--more than 6,000 acres near near Jackson Hole and adjacent to Grand Teton National Park--where the author grew up with adventure-crazed, raucous brothers and friends, and a colorful collection of Western characters, most particularly her own mother. Mead-Ferro's desire to move back to her childhood homeland from the city is weighed with how she felt when she did live on the cattle ranch, always unsure if she fit in.  
 
When Mead-Ferro's mother is killed in a freak horse accident while herding cattle, Mead-Ferro faces the loss not only of this profoundly influential person but of the entire ranching operation: a century-old legacy. After she and her brothers sell the family ranch Mead-Ferro attempts to recreate the landscape of her childhood--particularly the privileges and responsibilities of land, animals, and real work--as a bequest to her own children.

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"Mead-Ferro, sister of the current governor of Wyoming, grew up in the still-wild, wild West of the 1960s and ‘70s, and here beautifully chronicles the colorful history of her family and the land. Muffy and her brothers experienced a childhood where the kids didn't ask a lot of questions, the parents didn't provide much information or punishment, and everybody simply did what they were supposed to do in operating a cattle ranch. The kids had the run of the ranch's thousands of acres, exploring junk in its old shop, fashioning a teepee out of the hide of one of the dead bulls, and learning to drive a tractor before they were teens. Despite all of the wonders and adventures, the ranch didn't hold the same allure for the author as big city dreams, due in part to a complicated relationship with her mother, Mary. That woman's unparalleled skills as a rider, cattle driver, and rancher had the effect of making her daughter feel inadequate — she seemed to be a woman 'whose boots I would surely never fill.' It's only after years away and Mary's sudden death during a cattle drive that Mead-Ferro decides she wants a little less of skyscrapers and concrete and buys her own tract with a view of the Grand Tetons. She overcomes some of those lingering insecurities, taking up the ranch life that dates back to her great-grandparents, a sign that you can go home again. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Muffy Mead-Ferro is the author of the best-selling Confessions of a Slacker Mom and Confessions of a Slacker Wife. Shes been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, and Talk of the Nation, and in publications such as The Atlantic and The London Times. She and her family reside in Salt Lake City and  Alta, Wyoming.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780762780648
Author:
Mead Ferro, Muffy
Publisher:
Two Dot Books
Author:
Mead-Ferro, Muffy
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page photo insert
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Beef and Dairy
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Profiles and Biographies

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mead-Ferro, sister of the current governor of Wyoming, grew up in the still-wild, wild West of the 1960s and ‘70s, and here beautifully chronicles the colorful history of her family and the land. Muffy and her brothers experienced a childhood where the kids didn't ask a lot of questions, the parents didn't provide much information or punishment, and everybody simply did what they were supposed to do in operating a cattle ranch. The kids had the run of the ranch's thousands of acres, exploring junk in its old shop, fashioning a teepee out of the hide of one of the dead bulls, and learning to drive a tractor before they were teens. Despite all of the wonders and adventures, the ranch didn't hold the same allure for the author as big city dreams, due in part to a complicated relationship with her mother, Mary. That woman's unparalleled skills as a rider, cattle driver, and rancher had the effect of making her daughter feel inadequate — she seemed to be a woman 'whose boots I would surely never fill.' It's only after years away and Mary's sudden death during a cattle drive that Mead-Ferro decides she wants a little less of skyscrapers and concrete and buys her own tract with a view of the Grand Tetons. She overcomes some of those lingering insecurities, taking up the ranch life that dates back to her great-grandparents, a sign that you can go home again. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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