My Ruby Slippers book cover

Tracy Seeley’s My Ruby Slippers: The Road to Kansas and a Sense of Place offers a graceful journey into the secret worlds of grief, illness and, ultimately, recovery. This is a wonderfully vivid and compassionate book, reminding us of how place can shape us and make us whole again.
– Dinty W. Moore, Author of Between Panic & Desire

Under Tracy Seeley’s cool, clear gaze, the fractured landscape of America’s rootlessness is seen whole again. She reminds us that place is both on the horizon and within our memories; reminds us of ‘who and where we are.’  My Ruby Slippers is a complete pleasure to read, swift and graceful, and very moving.
–Lewis Buzbee, author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

There is a sensitivity and patience and persistent thoughtfulness in Tracy Seeley’s prose that make her memoir unique to this cultural moment.  In her capable hands we are in no hurry to get anywhere, but happy to follow her lead down every digressive and revelatory path.
–Phillip Lopate

Ad astra per aspera.To the stars through difficulty is the Kansas state motto. Tracy Seeley’s My Ruby Slippers takes us on a knockabout journey to Dorothy territory, but when she awakens in sunflowers, she’s not home. An honest inquiry into who we are wherever we are, and a brave meditation on mortality.  A wonderful book.
–Terese Svoboda, author of Black Glasses Like Clark Kent

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“I went back to discover the place I came from and thought I’d left behind, to re-imagine my family story, to learn stories I never knew, to learn what it means to live deeply in the place I find myself, and in my one and only life.”

coming up

Saturday, September 15, 9 am and noon.  Kansas Book Festival.  Kansas History Museum, Topeka, KS.  At 9, I’ll be speaking about writing memoir.  Book signing afterward.  At noon, I’ll be receiving my Kansas Notable Book Award.  I’m thrilled!

Sunday, October 7, 6 pm.  Litquake!  “Female Voices from the East Bay.” Lake Chalet at Lake Merritt, Gondola Room.  1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA.

Saturday, November 10, 8 am! Western Literature Association Conference.  Overton Hotel and Conference Center, Lubbock, TX.  “My Ruby Slippers and a Home for the Agent-less Memoir.”  My panel: New and Forthcoming Writers from the University of Nebraska Press.  The virtues and pleasures of working with a University Press.




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