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Its Head Came Off by Accident: A Memoir

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
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 character ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by TwoDot (first published January 1st 2012)
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I really enjoyed this short memoir of Wyoming life. Although short, it was full of very thoughtful and gratifying information on the author's family history, and way of life on a working cattle ranch in big sky country. I felt honored reading it and saddened that the way of life chronicled by the author is slowly and surly fading from the American landscape.

I hope other readers will be attracted by the title, as I was, and wade in to find out more about it.
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
Dec 03, 2012 Ellie rated it it was amazing
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
Barbara Carlson
Jan 19, 2013 Barbara Carlson rated it really liked it
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
Jun 01, 2015 Trudy rated it really liked it
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.
Stacey  D.
Dec 09, 2016 Stacey D. rated it it was ok
Dear Muffy,

It’s not that you are from a red state, nor that you are a scion of Republican politicos. Okay, I’m kind of sensitive to that stuff right now, as I don’t get how your great state of Wyoming (and the majority of this stupid country) actually voted for Trump, a racist, misogynistic, con artist, narcissist and city slicker. I Wiki’ed your brother, Wyoming’s current governor and I guess he’s not in the billionaire boys club, since he didn’t secure a plum position for himself (not yet, any
Eric Watson
man, another book reminding me of my varied and all encompassing life. yeh, I guess it is all,about me. it's my review. If it was your review I'm sure it'd be all about you. And if it's egotistical to equate books on such a individual and personal level, I think in this case and with this book I should get a free pass for you see, I was a cowboy too. more later...
Sep 07, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2013 Liz rated it it was ok
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
David Ward
Feb 08, 2013 David Ward rated it really liked it
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
Sep 21, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2015 Marci rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2015 Candy rated it really liked it
Can you imagine growing up driving a tractor at nine, on your own most days of summer with your brothers to build forts, explore, shoot arrows? No, well it sounds pretty good and this book explores the author's childhood in northwestern Wyoming on a vast cattle ranch with hardworking parents and grandparents.. Not always a tender, supportive family as we think now I was struck by the independence, work ethic, hard working people of this area. Not only cattle ranchers but involved in government, ...more
Nov 08, 2013 Wynne rated it liked it
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
Elizabeth Hoy
Apr 30, 2013 Elizabeth Hoy rated it really liked it
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.
May 29, 2014 Traecy rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 06, 2013 Katina rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 09, 2016 Mary rated it it was ok
This book was a great disappointment. Memoirs generally are personal with a strong voice and sense of the author. Until the last chapter, when she actually allowed a glimpse of herself, Mead-Ferro gave a dry recitation of the facts of her life and childhood. She gave the impression of being a disinterested observer of her own life.
Jan 10, 2014 Angel rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 06, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 22, 2012 Leslie rated it liked it
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.
Oct 16, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 02, 2013 Marilyn rated it liked it
Wyoming must be an awesome place to live--the people who come from there hate to leave and can't wait to get back.
Jun 02, 2013 Molly rated it liked it
A pretty decent little book with a really dumb title.
Amy Carr
Jun 06, 2015 Amy Carr rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs-adult
Truthfully...I didn't finish it. I just couldn't get into the story.
Dec 29, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
This book let me experience ranch life in Wyoming through the authors experiences. It made me feel as if I was there.
Debbie Manzanares
Feb 18, 2013 Debbie Manzanares rated it liked it
Almost finished - on my last chapter. I love a good memoir especially about the West, Cows, Family and Country
Sara Ewen
Sara Ewen rated it it was ok
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