Heart-Diamond

Heart-Diamond

by Charles Shaw, Kathy L. Greenwood
     
 


Heart-Diamond describes the author’s experiences growing up on a working cattle ranch in Southeastern New Mexico. In a series of sketches that begins with an incident in her childhood and concludes with her return to the ranch after a lengthy absence, the book features various members of her family in settings and situations typical of daily life not…  See more details below

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Heart-Diamond describes the author’s experiences growing up on a working cattle ranch in Southeastern New Mexico. In a series of sketches that begins with an incident in her childhood and concludes with her return to the ranch after a lengthy absence, the book features various members of her family in settings and situations typical of daily life not only on the Heart-Diamond but on any small, family-operated ranch: rounding up cattle, fixing windmills, helping a heifer to calve. At the same time that the sketches celebrate western culture and the love that holds the family together, their touch is light and humorous.

As a book written from a woman’s point of view, Heart-Diamond offers some unique commentary on the “cowboy” way of life.

Greenwood describes growing up on a working cattle ranch in Southeastern New Mexico, beginning with an incident in her childhood and concluding with her return to the ranch after a lengthy absence. The book features various members of her family in settings and situations typical of daily life not only on the Heart-Diamond but on any small, family-operated ranch: rounding up cattle, fixing windmills, and helping a heifer to calve. Her humorous sketches celebrate western culture and the love that holds the family together.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A collection of the author's reminiscences about growing up on a southeastern New Mexico cattle ranch. Greenwood, a one-time junior champion cowgirl, provides little detail about the day-to-day operation of a cattle ranch, but her entertaining stories of family and work, written with a light touch and bathed in a warm glow of nostalgia, make the reader want to buy a cattle ranch and live on it. The nine stories are unconnected (except by the Heart-Diamond ranch) and each stands alone easily. Because of the subject matter, this is likely to be consigned to ``regional'' collections and consequently ignored, which would be a shame. It deserves a wider audience. Recommended, especially for public libraries.-- Melvin L. Grotberg, Hobbs P.L., N.M.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929398082
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author


Kathy Greenwood, in addition to having grown up on the Heart-Diamond, is a former World Champion American Junior Rodeo Association All-Around Cowgirl, and holds a Ph.D. in English.

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