You may be wondering, how could someone alive today have been raised by a Civil War widow?

And how did the niece of Robert Ball Anderson, a Union Soldier and Nebraska pioneer, wind up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Julie Harris, skiing, hunting and learning ballet at Perry-Mansfield Arts Camp?

To find those answers, you’ll have to check out my book, If the Creek Don’t Rise: My Life Out West With the Last Black Widow of the Civil War.

Originally published in May of 2006, this memoir begins when I was four and ends around my 18th birthday. I am proud to say it comes highly recommended by Oprah Winfrey herself in O Magazine, and by the University of Colorado’s Director of the Center of the American West.