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Half Broke Horses - Jeannette Walls
Half Broke Horses
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781416586289 (1416586288)
ASIN: 1416586288
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Portable Magic
Portable Magic rated it
2.0 Half Broke Horses ★★☆☆☆
This book is exactly what it promised to be: a fictionalized memoir, based on the author's oral family history. It follows the author's grandmother's life story, which was a somewhat adventurous one. The story, like all good family histories, has the unmistakable elements of the tall tale (or as my ...
silverneurotic
silverneurotic rated it
3.5 Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
From Goodreads: Lily Casey Smith, this novel's feisty Texas protagonist, is a frontier teacher, a rancher, a rodeo rider, a poker player, and bootlegger. In Half Broke Horses, she survives droughts, tornados, floods, poverty, and whatever else fate can throw against her. Based on author Jeannette Wa...
My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it
5.0 Went back to the 1900's with Jeanette Walls and it was a fantastic time
What an amazing life Lily Casey lived. The novel hooked me from page one with Jeannette’s storytelling of Lily’s life growing up in west Texas. Lily is Jeannette’s grandmother and through a variety of resources, Jeanette’s gives this special tribute to her grandmother by writing a book about this ...
52 Book Minimum
52 Book Minimum rated it
4.0
A follow-up to The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls now writes the story of her maternal grandmother. This book sucked me in really quickly, but unfortunately only for about half of the novel and then the pace slowed considerably. While very well-written and a solidly GOOD book, it didn't have the p...
suzemo
suzemo rated it
4.0 Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
Probably closer to 3.5 stars, but since I wish Lily was my grandmother, I feel generous.A historical memoir, which I'm reluctant to call non-fiction, because it's a third party story. Jeannette remember Lily, but got the stories through her own mother (daughter of Lily), and embellishes it to give ...
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