The Secret Lives of Us Kids
A Childhood Memoir 1941-1942

by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado
and Patrick F. Buckley

  • A memoir told in poetry equal parts heartbreaking and beautiful, The Secret Lives of Us Kids opens the door to the lives of four siblings trying to survive in the oilfields of northern Montana. The Buckley children grasp hope and each other despite their father's drinking, their mother's mental health issues, and their country's tailspin from the Great Depression to World War II. The hardships and simple pleasures told by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado and her brother Patrick F. Buckley will resound with readers of childhood memoirs, Western history, and poetry alike.

88 pages, 6, 12 b/w photos

ISBN 10: 1591521451
ISBN 13: 9781591521495


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The Secret Lives of Us Kids
A Childhood Memoir 1941-1942

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Bonnie Buckley Maldonado align= Bonnie Buckley Maldonado became a full-time poet when she retired after more than thirty years as a university professor and administrator at Western New Mexico University. In 1999, she was inducted into the New Mexico Women's Hall of Fame for her community service work. She was named the WILLA Finalist in Poetry by Women Writing the West for It's Only Raven Laughing.

Maldonado has written poetry since childhood. In 2011, she was named the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Silver City, New Mexico. The Secret Lives of Us Kids is her fifth book of poetry. Two of her books, From the Marias River to the North Pole, and Montana, Too, focus on her family's pioneer roots in northern Montana. Her fourth book, Too Personal for Words, is her testament to aging with humor. Her work appears in various anthologies including Montana Women Writers: Geography of the Heart, edited by Caroline Patterson. She received the Best Woman Writer award at the 2008 High Plains Book Festival in Billings, Montana.

Maldonado lives near Pinos Altos, New Mexico, with her husband Librado and a cadre of adopted pets. Her website is
Patrick F. Buckley align= Collaborator Patrick F. Buckley would rather tell a story than eat. He is an oral historian, oilfield contractor, junkman, and collector. His stories and antique drilling equipment are among his favorite collections. Many elements of them are contained in this memoir, including the cars that passed through family hands.

He resides on Buckley Ranch Road, seven miles west of Sweet Grass. His first collaboration with his sister Bonnie was From the Marias River to the North Pole.

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