Accidental Cowgirl Rides Again by Kristy P St. Clair
More Stories of a City Slicker's Life on an Eastern Oregon Ranch

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After receiving wide acclaim for her first memoir, Accidental Cowgirl: A City Slicker’s Life on an Eastern Oregon Ranch—nominated in 2008 for the Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction—Kristy St. Clair returns with more stories about her experiences with ranch life, neighbors and friends, and lessons she learns along the way.

About Kristy P St. Clair

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Although a fourth-generation Californian on her mother's side, Kristy came to Oregon when she was fourteen. At eighteen, she married Phil St. Clair, the boy she believed would put up with her and her odd family, and in the 1960s they began careers in Portland as hippie leather craftsmen and sandal makers in a craft gallery. Surrounded by older artists from the Beat Generation, the couple's apprenticeship was beyond price, with painters, potters, sculptors, and writers serving as their mentors. They sold their work at juried art-and-craft shows and participated in group shows as well as two-man and one-man gallery shows. For the last three decades, instead of sipping Pinot Noir at gallery openings, they got to hunker sweat-soaked alongside streams after cattle drives, look down from a ridge on horseback and watch a bull elk fuss at his harem, or get spattered with afterbirth while hauling a sluggish calf out from its mother's back end. Along the way, Kristy acquired a college degree at Eastern Oregon University while at the same time driving Phil crazy helping him on the ranch. At some point, she realized writing was the best way to let readers know about Izee as well as the people who have influenced her life. Kristy's first memoir, Accidental Cowgirl, a City Slicker's Life on an Eastern Oregon Ranch, was published in 2007 by Bear Creek Press of Wallowa, Oregon, with a second printing in 2009. Her articles have appeared in Cowboy Magazine ("Cowboying in Eastern Oregon," Summer 2003); Range Magazine ("Buckaroo Wisdom," Spring 2004 and "The Indomitable Spirit of Kate Jordan," Fall 2004); American Western E-zine ("Corral Savvy," 2003); Hallowzine ("Hunting Fate," 2002); and the Blue Mountain Eagle ("The Hunting," 2001).
Published March 12, 2015 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.