From Salt to Sage

From Salt to Sage
A Memoir
Lorraine Lener Ciancio
6" x 9"
228 pages

ISBN 978-0998680705

From Salt to Sage is a collection of personal essays that captures the arc of a colorful American life, beginning with the author’s Italian family in New York through her flight to the Southwest and beyond, and her subsequent return east in her seventies to family ties and new love.


“Brilliant detail—a potpourri of passion, sweet melancholy and the howl of summer. What else could you want? Read this book for pure delight. The author has come home to her voice in this zigzag life.”

—Natalie Goldberg, poet, painter, teacher, author of the classic Writing Down the Bones


“An imaginative and deeply beautiful collection of essays that explore with poetic intelligence the experiences of place, identity, family and love. With a vivid prose, the author allows us to travel with her to her childhood, her Italian heritage … from New York to Italy to New Mexico and back. Her voice is engaging and real. A collection that will touch your heart.”

—Marjorie Agosin, poet, author of fiction and nonfiction,
recipient of U.N. Leadership Award for Human Rights


“By turns humorous and moving, and imbued with a depth of insight and finely wrought prose. Highly recommended.”

—Sean Murphy, Hemingway award-winning author of
Hope Valley Hubcap King and The Time of New Weather


“From the salt air of the northeast coast to the fragrant dry sagebrush of the Southwest—and back again—the author takes us on a whirlwind journey of discovery, wonder, and wisdom. A collection of vivid personal essays, enriched by the author’s poignant poetry and evocative photography (with some family recipes thrown in).”

—Bonnie Lee Black, author of three memoirs: Somewhere Child,
How to Cook a Crocodile,
and How to Make an African Quilt