You Fall Off, You Get Back On by Mary Stobie, an unusual and just plain joyful memoir, is part Annie Oakley, part Erma Bombeck and 100% original. Rocky Mountain writer Stobie terms her work a “patchwork memoir.”
Patchwork it is—breezy and wide-ranging personal essays and columns deftly woven into a funny and cohesive fabric. Recounted in appealing short takes, Stobie’s entertaining experiences include stints as a young rodeo champion and a Hollywood ingénue. As a starlet she had surprising encounters with Hollywood A-listers like Warren Beatty and George C. Scott, and Clint Eastwood before she settled into the writing and family life back on the Colorado range.
“Settled,” as readers will discover, though, isn’t quite what Mary Stobie is about. Even in suburbia, for Stobie every day is an adventure (or misadventure), and every escapade is a great excuse for a joke and even a life lesson or two.
You Fall Off, You Get Back On is a reading treat for anyone who appreciates the Rocky Mountains, enjoys an honest and loving life story well-told, and loves a good laugh.
— Stu Bykofsky, columnist, Philadelphia Daily News
— Rose A. Valenta, Membership Chair
National Society of Newspaper Columnists