Thursday, December 3, 2009

186 - Half Broke Horses: A True - Life Novel; Jeannette Walls



Having loved Jeannette Wall's memoir: The Glass Castle, I could not wait to read her latest book, in which she tells the story of the life of her maternal grandmother, Lily Casey Smith who was born in a one room dugout by the side of the river in West Texas.

The story is narrated by Lily herself, an amazing woman who did what needed to be done in life. She lived through two wars, the Great Depression, prohibition, began training horses at the age of five, took care of a cattle ranch at age 12, and at age 15 left for Arizona alone on horseback some 500 miles to be an itinerant teacher.

My Thoughts: I love the way Walls writes, and although the style of the book is different (short chapters), the story is beautifully written, and visually telling. Lily's voice resonates with me still, and the message I took from this story was this ....... 

 .....Strong women take setbacks in stride and learn from their mistakes along the way. Life isn't about luck, it is about going out and doing what you set your mind out to accomplish 

Highly Recommended


(sent by Simon and Schuster)

21 comments:

  1. That's a great quote! This sounds like a wonderful read as well. Thanks for the review!

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  2. Ah, there you go again, adding to my tbr list!

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  3. I got to see Jeanette Walls speak at the National Book Festival in DC and she was very inspiring. I definitely want to read this one.

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  4. I read her first book, her memoir, after my son recommended it to me. This one sounds very worthwhile, too. Thanks for your review.

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  5. I've heard good things about her memoirs. They're on my ever-growing to-read (some day) list! Glad to see you liked this one.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  6. I haven't read this yet, but I like the author photo on the hardcover flap (I'm not sure if it would be in the review copy?) of Walls with the horse. It's lovely.

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  7. I'm so glad to hear you loved this one! I haven't read The Glass Castle yet (I know, I know). I have a copy of this one, and I hope to read it soon.

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  8. I loved The Glass Castle, so I'm really excited about this book. I'm so glad to see it's good.

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  9. Love the quote. I`ve been debating back and forth on reading this one. I loved her first book. Looks like I may have to read this one yet.

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  10. I have yet to read her first, although my niece gave it a strong recommendation. I think I will start there and then consider this one

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  11. This book sounds so fantastic, why am I still allowing it to languish on my shelves?

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  12. I loved The Glass Castle and can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the review :)

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  13. I've been waiting to read a review of this book - I also loved The Glass Castle. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for the review!

    Sue

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  14. I was very impressed by Glass Castle, so it's good to hear this one is just as good.

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  15. I like the idea of short chapters and an engaging voice...sounds great!

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  16. I loved The Glass Castle and am so excited for this one and now based on your review I am even more excited!!

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  17. I really loved the "Glass Castle" and I like the idea of a "true-life novel."

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  18. I haven't read this one, or The Glass Castle. I feel as if I am missing out!

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  19. Thank you for this terrific review. I've had this book on my TBR list for a while, but now I've got to read it.

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  20. I have this one in my TBR pile. I like Walls' writing style too. Thanks for the great review, Diane.

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  21. I love that quote too.
    I read Half Broke Horses and I loved it too. Her grandmother is such a remarkable woman.
    I am a huge fan of Jeannette Walls. The Glass Castle was gripping. I recommend her books to all my friends.

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