Nobody Rich or Famous: A Family Memoir

Richard Shelton (Author)

Product Details

University of Arizona Press
Publish Date
October 18, 2016
6.0 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Richard Shelton is a poet, author, and Regents' Professor emeritus at the University of Arizona. He is the author of eleven books of poetry and the award-winning memoirs Going Back to Bisbee and Crossing the Yard.


"Richard Shelton doesn't so much tug on the heartstrings as play an entire set upon them."--Foreword Reviews

"A hard and honest memoir of a life filled with brutalities."--Tucson Weekly

"Shelton is, above all, a poet whose keen observations and eloquent words explore the heart's twisted paths in ways that speak volumes about the western experience, blood ties, and the power of forgiveness."--Journal of Arizona History

"[Nobody Rich or Famous] time-travels effortlessly from past to present with an abundance of tales--real, tragic, and comic."--Western American Literature

"A quietly profound memoir."--Kirkus

"[Shelton's] easy, comfortable tone is inviting, and he shares the scandals as well as the triumphs of his colorful family."--Booklist

"Honest and intimate, contemplative and unhurried, this is a family story with all the passion and heartache and messes of real life. Most remarkable is the sheer immersive nature of Shelton's book and his ability to bring ghosts back to life, regardless of whether those ancestors are willing to spill their secrets."--Pacific Northwest Quarterly

"Nobody Rich or Famous is a triumph! One of the best memoirs I have ever read, written with understated grace and mesmerizing power. Do not miss this shining light of a book."--Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Transfer

"A gritty book, with several unflattering portraits of an alcoholic father, a physically abusive older brother, and the rough-and-tumble life in the '30s and '40s. But there is also the miracle of close observation, of tender feelings, and the poet who grew like an odd flower between the cracks."--Michael Hogan, Emeritus Humanities Chair, American School Foundation of Guadalajara

"Nobody Rich or Famous is a beautiful testament to the power of Richard Shelton's gifts as a writer and human being. Part memoir, part social history, part prose poem, he has made a wise and astute portrait of his family growing up in the hard-rock seams of Idaho. Pampered was not a word known to the Sheltons; ingenuity was. Through his brutal and at times sideways insights, we see the human family more fully."--Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks