Lorraine Rominger spent her childhood on a farm in Yolo County, California. She can milk cows, ride horses, drive a tractor, harvest tomatoes, and water ski behind a truck in a ditch. I’ve known Lorraine since the early 1990’s but only learned about her upbringing through her recently released memoir, The Rangity Tango Kids. The friend I call Lorrae, deputy director for the Goldman Environmental Prize, the former model, television, movie producer and entertainment executive, is also a fifth generation California farmer.
Lorrae and her friend Peter Coyote shared stories about their youth and their newly released memoirs at The Battery in San Francisco:
Peter Coyote discussed his newest memoir, The Rainman’s Third Cure, and Lorraine Rominger talked about The Rangity Tango Kids
The anecdotal stories Lorrae shares of life on the farm surrounded by her loving, hard-working family make me want to be a part of it. Unfortunately, that way of life is rapidly disappearing, which is just one of a few reasons I recommend reading Lorrae’s book. The Rangity Tango Kids takes place in the 1950s and 1960s in rural California. The Rominger family rules are strict, and the family sticks together — no matter what.
Lorrae’s not so simple life on the farm combined with the dramas of coming of age are entertaining. I read every page with interest and I learned something new — about farming, morals and family values — in each chapter. I am not alone in my appreciation for The Rangity Tango Kids. Robert Redford said:
“The cadence of Rominger’s narrative style is soundly evocative of the world she brings to life in The Rangity Tango Kids. Growing up on a California farm riding horses and motorcycles, Rominger figured out where her heart was. The rich story of how to be a great family, to overcome challenges together, and to win in the end is one you won’t want to miss.”
Peter Coyote put it this way:
“From the ground it looks like a falcon flies in circles. It actually rises flying over the same territory to a new, higher level. Rominger’s life and charming book are like this. She was born to a traditional, religious, farm family with the kind of old-fashioned values and principles politicians rant about and rarely practice. Lorraine’s story melds the best of true conservatism, neither Right nor Left, with a huge human heart. I loved this book.”
Lorrae surrounded by friends at a book signing at Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Building:
Lorraine surrounded by friends at Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Building
Author Lorraine Rominger
The Rangity Tango Kids:
The Rangity Tango Kids on an Easter Sunday in the 1970s
The Rominger family farm in Yolo County