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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel [Hardcover]

Jeannette Walls
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Book Description

Oct. 6 2009
Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now she brings us the story of her grandmother -- told in a voice so authentic and compelling that the book is destined to become an instant classic.

"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, in Jeannette Walls's magnificent, true-life novel based on her no-nonsense, resourceful, hard working, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town -- riding five hundred miles on her pony, all alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car ("I loved cars even more than I loved horses. They didn't need to be fed if they weren't working, and they didn't leave big piles of manure all over the place") and fly a plane, and, with her husband, ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette's memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds -- against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn't fit the mold. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa or Beryl Markham's West with the Night. It will transfix readers everywhere.

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"Lily Casey Smith is one astonishing woman...a half-broke horse herself who's clearly passed on her best traits to her granddaughter. Told in a natural, offhand voice that is utterly enthralling, this is essential reading for anyone who loves good fiction." -- Library Journal

"Walls [is] ... a pretty doggone good storyteller." -- Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Half Broke Horses [is] the tale of yet another free-spirited wisecracking relative, her maternal grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Think a rifle-toting, horse-breaking Annie Oakley in a biplane." -- Craig Wilson, USA Today

About the Author

Jeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than six years. She is also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers, The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible True-Life Story Aug. 23 2012
By Teri B.
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This book brings to life the extraordinary Lily Casey, born in 1901. Witten as a novel, the story is told through Lily Casey`s voice, giving shape to her character. An independent and resilient woman, her amazing real-life adventures provide a view into the era that eclipse any history book. The novel begins with the inspiring episode of an 11 year-old Lily using her wits during a flash flood at her childhood home in West Texas, saving herself and her young brother and sister. She began a teaching career at the age of 15, riding her horse Patches on a lone journey 500 miles through New Mexico and Arizona to her first post in a one-room schoolhouse, where she taught during the day and slept on the floor at night. Continuing through to her later years, this is a rich story, amazing, sometimes heartbreaking, and altogether a wonderful read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Half broke horses July 26 2013
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Definitely not as good as glass castle by the same author.. So far disappointed as I read glass castle and really enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of my mother. Jan. 13 2012
I read this book in two evenings and was amazed by Lily.As I said it kind of reminded me of my mother,a woman who during hard times and the good times soldiered on during the Great Depression.Lost her father,a railway man,in 1918 during her early teen years and being the eldest of six she taught with the help of her mother,her siblings who all turned out well.They were so poor that if the mud pout were not biting they sometimes didn't eat.A tough lady who passed on her knowledge to my siblings and I.God bless her and Lily too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good!!! May 4 2014
By Jenny
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Really enjoyed this book as well as the others...hope that she will write more hooks in the future!!! Good job!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! Jan. 30 2014
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Jeannette Walls writes so beautifully- I feel that I am there with the characters. The description is so complete...perfection.
I look forward to reading another of her books. This was number two!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by this author Jan. 6 2014
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Of course I loved this author's other book: The Glass Castle much, much more, but this was still a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Bio Dec 16 2013
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Really good book about life early in the century - she was one strong lady! I recommend to anyone interested in the early West.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Story Nov. 15 2013
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I really enjoyed this story. It was one of those books that was hard to leave. You will really enjoy it!
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