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Its Head Came Off by Accident: A Memoir

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Its Head Came Off by Accident is a humorous, yetpoignant 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 ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by TwoDot (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ellie
I absolutely loved this memoir about the author's childhood in a cattle-ranching family in Wyoming. At times this book reminded me of how I adored the 'Little House on the Prairie' series & 'Anne of Green Gables Series' when I was growing up. The family history detailed in the book appealed to me a lot, complete with compelling photos. I enjoyed the resourcefulness of Muffy and her brothers, finding ways to both play and get into mischief in a home without television or many toys. I loved re ...more
Tuck
bio, history, and autobiography of ranching in jackson hole from 1950's to 2012. author grew up on her family ranch (they had to sell most of it in 2006ish due to inheritance taxes) and recalls the fun and work and her mother and father's parenting styles and her reactions to them. has lots of details about growing up and working on a ranch (and big ass hay farm) on the borders of the teton national park. fun stuff like horses on fire and heads coming off, and super sad stuff like her mom gettin ...more
Trudy
I so enjoyed reading this book. Set in Wyoming--in fact the Tetons-- my backyard growing up. Work ethics of these homesteaders reminded me of my ancestors and their struggle to tame lands in southeastern Idaho. The characters are engaging. Life on the ranch is hard but also full of adventure and good times. Parent-child relationships very different from those of modern families. Very fun read.
Barbara Carlson
The ranch on which she lived and is writing about is about 4 miles from our home in Jackson. And I also know her brother Brad who is a big part of her book. Her writing is not the best, more a stream of consciousness(or unconsciousness), but I found the book fascinating partly because I know where it all took place and partly because she is using her writing to sort of analyze and understand who she is and how she became that way. It also reminded me of my own childhood on the farm so it brought ...more
Bonnie
The cover caught me immediately! So happy my good friend, Annie, gifted it to me for a recent birthday. Who doesn't love the beautiful creamy white heads of a bunch of Hereford's? I enjoyed this memoir of Muffy's childhood growing up on a large cattle ranch in western Wyoming just down the road from Grand Teton National Park where her grandparents and then parents were allowed to summer range their large herd of cattle until the American public decided they would rather see elk and bear instead ...more
Marci
I found this book to be delightful and engrossing. It made me long for a childhood like this for my own children, and even impossibly, for myself. I felt transplanted to another place with wide open skies, hard work, people of integrity and simplicity. I appreciated that the author was honest about her own ambivalence about her upbringing at the time, and how through her home in Alta she is slowly recapturing it. I was moved by the descriptions of her family members, especially her mother, Mary. ...more
Liz
It's Head Came off by Accident isn't poorly written, on a sentence-by-sentence level. Mead-Ferro seems to have a basic grasp of how to construct a pretty sentence, and does a decent job bringing to light/life her childhood on a cattle ranch.

But, she's unable to create a strong narrative that keeps me actually engaged in the book. This reads as though someone said, "Gee, Muffy, your life is so interesting! You should write a book!" But, for this person, Mead-Ferro's life must have been interestin
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Traecy
Intrigued by the title, I picked this book and was not disappointed. A story of a woman and her family's ranch in Wyoming. This book depicts how growing up on the ranch shaped her through various anecdotes both funny and honest. I loved the fact that she wishes her own children experienced life on the ranch because she feels they have it too easy. Made me wish I grew up in a ranch too!
Heather
I loved this memoir mainly because it is set on a 6,000 acre cattle ranch near Jackson Hole, which means it contains two of my favorite things - cowboys and Jackson Hole. However, it is also a poignant reflection on the author's childhood, growing up on what was most likely the last large cattle ranch in Jackson Hole. As is the story with many western farmers, it becomes impossible to keep a large farm operation within the family after the death of a parent, and this is especially true of a larg ...more
David Ward
Its Head Came Off By Accident: A Memoir by Muffy Mead-Ferro (TwoDot 2012)(Biography) is one of the coolest books I've read in quite a while. It's the memoir of a woman born in 1960 who grew up on a 6,000 acre working cattle ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Though she was raised by parents (and grandparents and other extended family) who were true cowboys, theirs was not an insular existence. At various times in the story, it comes out that her grandfather and her brother were/are each Wyoming gov ...more
Wynne
This book is written by our Governor's sister about growing up on a ranch at the base of the Tetons. I've read a book by her before - confessions of a slacker Mom, which I loved and have given to more than one new mother. I suppose because I live in ranch country and come from a ranching background , I thoroughly enjoy reading experiences of what that life is like. Needless to say it is nothing like my upbringing but there are many things worth envying and lots of things in her life that obvious ...more
Angel
I thought this book was just terrific. If you can make a little urbanite Guatemalan designer long for Wyoming mountain valleys, you've got something good going. This memoir was intimate but not sentimental, poignant but not "inspirational", and tremendously human. I know, I know, I'm gushing. Read it.
Elizabeth Hoy
A really entertaining and quick read that describes life in a well-known WY ranching family. The author's coming to terms with what that childhood meant, the values she learned, and how it shaped the life she wants to create for her own family are poignant and I connected to them even though my childhood on the coast of Florida couldn't have been more different.
Katina
I really enjoyed this book. While the writing was not excellent, I enjoyed the stories and lessons taught throughout this book. I wish I would have been more grateful for the ranch I grew up on and the lessons I learned from my childhood. This book was a great reminder that ranch life is worth being thankful for.
Melissa
This one was ok, but really lacked feeling. I wanted to love it because the title completely sucked me in but I didn't feel connected to the story or characters at all. There were some nice little tales, but not much more. I expected to really enjoy it, but it was pretty tepid to me.
Julia
Other reviewers are correct in that the narrative of this book is slim in terms of plot. However the descriptions of the land and the way the West was make it worth reading for people who enjoy that style of writing. Excellent book. Bought a copy for my father.
Leslie
Mead-Ferro's memoir of her Wyoming childhood isn't as funny as Confessions of A Slacker Mom, but it is far more poignant. Mead-Ferro's love for her family, their ranch, and the Wyoming landscape shines in every sentence.
Julie
This book let me experience ranch life in Wyoming through the authors experiences. It made me feel as if I was there.
Debbie Manzanares
Almost finished - on my last chapter. I love a good memoir especially about the West, Cows, Family and Country
Marilyn
Wyoming must be an awesome place to live--the people who come from there hate to leave and can't wait to get back.
Molly
A pretty decent little book with a really dumb title.
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