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When Eliza Blue first moved to northwestern South Dakota, she didn’t plan on staying long. After all, the singer/songwriter had spent most of her adulthood hopping from place to place. But then she fell in love with a Perkins County rancher — and the land, the wind, the livestock and the giant blue expanse of a West River sky.

Now the former urbanite tackles her daily duties on the ranch — bottle-feeding bum lambs, milking her dairy cow, Rita, and wrangling two young children — while also contemplating and writing about life on the high plains. In Accidental Rancher, Blue shares a collection of these writings, bringing a new voice and a musician’s grace to the culture of rural America.

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