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Leaving Tinkertown

By Tanya Ward Goodman



Winner of the 2015 Zia Book Award from New Mexico Press Women

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Biography (New Mexico subject), First Book, and Best Book

Winner of the 2012–2013 Sarton Memoir Award from the Story Circle Network

2013 Southwest Books of the Year

When Tanya Ward Goodman came home to New Mexico to visit her dad at the end of 1996, he was fifty-five years old and just beginning to show symptoms of the Alzheimer’s disease that would kill him six years later. Early onset dementia is a shock and a challenge to every family, but the Wards were not an ordinary family. Ross Ward was an eccentric artist and collector whose unique museum, Tinkertown, brought visitors from all over the world to the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque. In this book Tanya tells Ross’s story and her own, sharing the tragedy and the unexpected comedy of caring for this funny, stubborn man who remained a talented artist even as he changed before his family’s eyes.

Subjects: MemoirSouthwest

Contributor Bios
Tanya Ward Goodman’s essays have appeared in the Cup of Comfort anthology series, Literary Mama, The Huffington Post, and TheNextFamily.com. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.