Introducing Two Delightful Memoirs Portraying Life in Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colorado

Richard Guerrieri's memoir, THE SPAGHETTI GANG, recounts his childhood in the rough mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado during the Great Depression and World War II. Readers will find the stories of his boyhood and his family's transition from mining to cattle ranching wildly entertaining. Filled with hilarious vignettes such as “strap-on ski’s,” “no bathing suits,” “a horse named S.O.B.,” “the dreaded catechism,” THE SPAGHETTI GANG is a delightful read.

Phyllis Guerrieri started painting scenes from her life at age 78, after a successful career as the business manager of her Colorado ranch. In PURE JOY, her 85 years in agriculture, her fondness of the high country, and her love of family  — including the raucous years raising five children, come alive in her colorful paintings. Her art and the accompanying humorous and poignant stories behind her work in PURE JOY tell not only Phyllis' history but give readers a window into iconic western ranching as well.

At any age you can pick up a pen or a paintbrush and express yourself creatively. Don’t be afraid, have a light heart, and especially don’t be too critical of yourself.

Phyllis Guerrieri

“Phyllis gets the story right in her paintings. She has a knack for what to put in, what to leave out, what to emphasize. Simple, accessible images with charm and humor. No amount of technique can substitute for heart.”

Anne Brazeau Hausler

Writer, Author, MFA Western State Colorado University

Grandma’s paintings have no ulterior motive, no political undertone, no grand statement to make other than…well, other than pure joy.

Guerrieri’s grandson Julian

“Guerrieri shows that amidst the economic woes of the time there was fun and adventure to be had. His stories read very well and are brilliantly written. . .”

Dr. Duane Vandenbusche

Professor of History, Western State Colorado University