Linda Ronstadt: ‘Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands’ Memoir Coming in October


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Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands is the title of a new book from legendary singer/songwriter/musician Linda Ronstadt, co-authored by former New York Times reporter Lawrence Downes, which will be published on Oct. 4 by Heyday Books.

In the works for some time, Ronstadt’s social media pages officially announced the memoir on Monday, along with a description of its focus and relevance to her life and career:

Linda is delighted to share the news that she has a new book, all about her childhood, family and roots in Mexico and Arizona. FEELS LIKE HOME: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands, which is close to her heart.

It celebrates the history, traditions, music and foods of a starkly beautiful land, the place that made Linda who she is. Linda wrote it with her friend Lawrence Downes, formerly with The New York Times, and they filled it with Ronstadt family stories, beautiful photos, and traditional songs and recipes, so you can see, hear and even taste what makes this corner of the world so precious to her.

For even more details about the book, here’s an expanded description via this link, where you can pre-order a copy now:

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt takes readers on a journey to the place her soul calls home, the Sonoran Desert, in this candid new memoir In Feels Like Home, Grammy award-winning singer Linda Ronstadt effortlessly evokes the magical panorama of the high desert, a landscape etched by sunlight and carved by wind, offering a personal tour built around meals and memories of the place where she came of age. Growing up the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and a descendant of Spanish settlers near northern Sonora, Ronstadt’s intimate new memoir celebrates the marvelous flavors and indomitable people on both sides of what was once a porous border whose denizens were happy to exchange recipes and gather around campfires to sing the ballads that shaped Ronstadt’s musical heritage.

Following her bestselling musical memoir, Simple Dreams, this book seamlessly braids together Ronstadt’s recollections of people and their passions in a region little understood in the rest of the United States. This road trip through the desert, written in collaboration with former New York Times writer Lawrence Downes and illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs by Bill Steen, features recipes for traditional Sonoran dishes and a bevy of revelations for Ronstadt’s admirers. If this book were a radio signal, you might first pick it up on an Arizona highway, well south of Phoenix, coming into the glow of Ronstadt’s hometown of Tucson. It would be playing something old and Mexican, from a time when the border was a place not of peril but of possibility.



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