Its Head Came Off by Accident: A Memoir

Its Head Came Off by Accident: A Memoir

by Muffy Mead-Ferro

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762780648
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,242,956
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Muffy Mead- Ferro is the author of Confessions of a Slacker Mom, which was on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list has been option as a television series, and Confessions of a Slacker Wife. Mead-Ferro has appeared on Oprah and the Today Show among others. She lives in Wyoming and Salt Lake City, Utah, where she works in marketing.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Alfalfa 1

2 The Lower Ranch, Pete and Mary 12

3 Sylvia and P.C., Cliff and Martha 28

4 Houses, Barns, and a Hole in the Ground 43

5 The Men 58

6 Wrecks and Near-Wrecks 74

7 The Martins 82

8 Real Work and a New Horse 99

9 Riding Up from the Drag 112

10 A Fissure in the Landscape 126

11 Little Joe 137

12 A Slow Dissolve 150

13 Back to the Pig Farm, and to Mormon Row 156

Afterword 171

Acknowledgments 175

About the Author 176

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