Its Head Came Off by Accident by Muffy Mead-ferro
A Memoir

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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.
 

About Muffy Mead-ferro

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Muffy Mead-Ferro is the author of the best-selling Confessions of a Slacker Mom and Confessions of a Slacker Wife. She’s 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.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Globe Pequot Press. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Plodding memoir about a woman's Wyoming childhood and her adult attempts to live up to her ranching heritage.

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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.

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Deseret News

Although some of the anecdotal glimpses into life on a cattle ranch are amusing, Mead-Ferro fails to connect readers with her story in any tangible way.

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