Leaving Tinkertown by Tanya Ward GoodmanLeaving Tinkertown by Tanya Ward Goodman

Leaving Tinkertown

byTanya Ward Goodman

Paperback | August 15, 2013

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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.

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.
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Title:Leaving TinkertownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.66 inPublished:August 15, 2013Publisher:University Of New Mexico PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0826353665

ISBN - 13:9780826353665

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"Tanya Ward Goodman, writing with a big heart, clear eyes, and a light touch, allows us a privileged glimpse into the shabby, enchanted world of traveling carnivals, roadside attractions, and a beloved, eccentric father's descent into Alzheimers. Just as her dad animated the handcarved, miniature western world of Tinkertown from coat hangers, inner tubes and old sewing machine motors, Tanya Ward Goodman has fashioned her complex and often hilarious memories into a beguiling, wry, and moving work of art."--Michelle Huneven, author of, Blame