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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416586288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416586289
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teri B. on Aug. 23 2012
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 22 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the story many of us have been waiting for Jeanette Walls to write: an life-long adventure straight from the heart and told the old-fashion way. For many of us who have ancestors who have grown up in grinding poverty, a rough-and-tumble existence, and a make-what-you-will lifestyle of another era, "Half Broke Horses" is the book for you. Here are ten helpful features to look for when reading this gem of a memoir based on a woman's gritty determination to make the most of life in the Arizona desert, especially when times were very rough during the Great Depression:
A. Walls presents a consistently believable picture of her grandmother's life as she constantly looked for ways to overcome adversity. Here is a woman whose resourcefulness and tack usually came down to 'necessity being the mother of invention";
B. Walls takes her readers into the backwoods of Arizona to view the daily existence of little farming communities like Red Lake that no longer exist;
C. The author acquaints us with a sense of what it meant to reside in the remote parts of the country, trying to eke out a meager living as cattle rancher or sheep herder;
D. There are some significant historic landmarks like Route 66 in this story that serve to remind us how these modern pioneers like Lily Casey Smith kept in touch with the rest of the world with her car Fliver;
E. There is a tremendous natural energy in the novel coming from the various forces of nature, i.e. cyclones and droughts, being unleashed on the wilds of northern Arizona;
F. Each page seems to reveal some new dimension about the incredible challenges facing the pioneers of the Southwest, whether they be sodfarmers, ranchers, or wranglers;
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carly on Dec 9 2010
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Recommended by my book club, I thought Half Broke Horses might be a dull read. How wrong I was! The narrative is unsentimental and entirely engaging from the beginning. I could relate to the story in surprisingly intimate ways - including what motivates Lily as a teacher and as a mother, and her frustrations with certain sociopaths who she gets the better of eventually. It also brings home the grinding level of poverty that afflicted west Texas during the depression years; and how Lily's grit, determination and intelligent, practical solutions find a way to survival and eventual prosperity. The personal insights of the author help to weave an authentic story, based in fact and graphically told, and which is well paced and finely crafted. One of a few books I would consider re-reading in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Bantting on Jan. 9 2010
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Half Broke Horses was a Christmas gift for my mother. She comes from a farming back ground and used horses to cultivate the land and travel to town. Although she lived in southern Manitoba, the authors experiences were much the same. Recomened for seniors who wish to reminisce about younger days, or those who wish to get a sence of what the pioneers experienced.
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By hearthesurf on Sept. 1 2010
Format: Hardcover
Walls has an interesting style. She was a journalist for 20 some years, that shows through... but it's not all fact and heartless retortion. Her writing is good- it puts you right into the thick of things. She captures the time perfectly.. You feel like you're in Arizona when automobiles just started hitting the road. You can picture Route 66 as a dirt path... it's fascinating. It's a "true to life" novel so there is no major plot or tragic event that unravels everything- it's less dramatic. No big tears spilled or huge bouts of laughter. It's a quick, easy read, not to say that it's uncomplicated. Lily Casey Smith was a real woman, and Walls brings her back to life. Lucky for us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jennifer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Boy on Jan. 13 2012
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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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