Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel Hardcover – Oct 6 2009
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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.See all Product Description
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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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A riveting novel. A story told with humour and irony and a look back at the wild, wild west; far from Hollywood cowboys. Engrossing.Published 3 months ago by Susan Andrew
Loved the book! Highly recommend it! Jeannette Walls never fails to impress.Published 4 months ago by Bonnie
Here, another of my favourite authors, Jeanette Walls, relates the story of her unusual, intrepid and entirely engaging grandmother, Lily Casey. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SusannahReads