Biography, Memoir, Poetry, Historical Fiction
Larada Horner-Miller is a poet and essayist who lives with her husband in Tijeras, New Mexico—a town nestled in the east mountains above Albuquerque. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Spanish and a master of education degree in integrating technology into the classroom. For thirteen years, she was a beautician until transitioning into what would become a twenty-seven year career in education.
In addition to This Tumbleweed Landed, her other publications include Let Me Tell You a Story, Branson-Trinchera Historic Photos (coauthored with Tom Cummins), and Building Capacity with the Common Core State Standards for ELA-Literacy (coauthored with Karen White).
She is currently working on a historical fiction novella that she started 30 years ago, titled When Will Papa Get Home? It will be released on November 21, 2015.
“This Tumbleweed Landed is a window that opens into another time and place, where ranching is the livelihood, telephones are scarce, and dancing is the tie that binds a community and its families. It is Larada Horner-Miller’s earnest and heartfelt memoir that celebrates good people, the pastoral life, cultural heritage, and her small-town, southeastern Colorado upbringing during the fifties and sixties. Through the mud pies and makeup, work and fun, and neighbors and family, watch this daddy’s little girl come into her own and search for her place in the world.
“A tumbleweed has to land somewhere,” says a young Horner-Miller’s father, and like a tumbleweed, readers will enjoy skipping and dancing from one poem, essay, and page to the next as they discover treasures hidden in this tight-knit community that will land squarely on their hearts.
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This book tells the story of how my Grandfather put together our ranch in Colorado during the depression, a time when many ranchers were selling their land.
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My Mom, Elva Horner, was an exceptional cook. Here’s some of her best recipes for pies, cakes and Christmas candy. The layout is unique: I scanned in her actual recipe cards, so it’s in her handwriting with all the smudges and smears that years in the kitchen yield.