Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | December 10, 2015

Encore presentation from April 28, 2014 Host Kathleen Marshall Speaks With Author Tanya Ward Goodman About Her Memoir ‘Leaving Tinkertown’

Tanya Ward Goodman Tanya Ward Goodman grew up at Tinkertown Museum, a roadside attraction built by her father, Ross Ward, in the mountains of New Mexico. She attended Northwestern University and currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and two children.   She blogs regularly for the parenting website The Next Family at

Her memoir Leaving Tinkertown was the 2008 winner of the Southwest Writers Conference Storyteller Award under the title Mighty Fond of You, Too, and is the winner of the 2014 Sarton Memoir Award.

       Leaving Tinkertown is the story of an unusual family dealing with a diagnosis of early- onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  Though Tanya’sLeaving Tinkertown father, Ross,had been showing signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s as early as just 55, he was officially diagnosed when he was 58, her younger brother 27, and she, 29.  In recounting this time in Ross Ward’s life, Tanya Ward Goodman paints a portrait of her quirky artistic father, the place her family called home, Tinkertown, the process of caring for Ross, and the complex, sometimes awkward, relationships between grief and love.

Ross Ward with Tanya Ward Goodman


“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

To learn more about Tanya Ward Goodman visit her website


To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Tanya Ward Goodman click the following link:     4-28-2014 Kathleen Tanya Ward Goodman

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