Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands

Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands
Paper Over Board, 7.25 x 10.25, 248 pages.
ISBN: 9781597145794.

By Linda Ronstadt

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 best-selling 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.


"Feels Like Home is a celebration of culture, music, geography, food and family ties that know no borders. It is eloquently told by a singer who has devoted much of her career to transcending musical borders [...] [Ronstadt's] memoir is a valentine to her family and the Mexican heritage she has long celebrated in words and music." San Diego Union-Tribune
“[Feels Like Home] is a very sweet-hearted book [...] it hits a lot of sweet spots for what is kind of the perfect coffee table book.” Mark Athitakis, on KJZZ Radio
"Feels Like Home invites us on an exquisite journey of beauty, adventure and history. It’s a magical trip you don’t want to miss. This book will fill your heart, your soul and your spirit. We need that now more than ever." Dolores Huerta, labor organizer and civil rights activist
"Linda Ronstadt, known for her exquisite voice and incredible range of musical genres, looks to her family and the ancestral Sonoran borderlands to illuminate her storied career. Feels Like Home is personal and revealing—with vivid portraits of her forebears who immigrated first to Northern Mexico and then Tucson, Arizona, with striking photographs, family letters, and an array of recipes and songs, she weaves together an unforgettable tale of her life and talented musical family. This is quintessentially an American story—touching, and well worth reading." Jerry Brown, former governor of California
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Categories Forthcoming | Memoir

About the Author

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt, the great-granddaughter of Friedrich and Margarita Ronstadt of Sonora, Mexico, is one of the world’s most acclaimed singers. Her six-decade career encompassed rock, folk, country, light opera, Mexican songs and American standards. She has sold more than 100 million records, won 12 Grammy awards and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, directed by Rob Epstein, just won a Grammy for best musical film at the 63rd Grammy Awards on March 14, 2021.

Ronstadt is writing a new book that has been acquired by Heyday and is set to release in Fall 2022.

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