Friday, January 13, 2017

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

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Loved it!  I love this author's way of telling a story.  And this family is just disfunctional in a good way.  If you read The Glass Castle, this book will help you understand why the mom was the way she was...and what a true character she is/was.  I liked the time frame and setting for Half Broke Horses and the determination of Lily.  It makes it even more interesting that these two "stories" are based on the real life of the author and her family.  If you haven't read The Glass Castle OR Half Broke Horses, I doubt you will be disappointed. :)

Summary from amazon.com:
"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." 

So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, 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, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she 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. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit. 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. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix readers everywhere.

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