Half Broke Horses

Half Broke Horses

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" ( Entertainment Weekly ). Now, in Half Broke Horses , she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

"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 ("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 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 audiences everywhere.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2009
ISBN: 9780743597227
Branch Call Number: FBCD FIC Walls 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (ca. 9 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm., in container


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ArapahoeAnna Sep 14, 2016

A very authentic read by the author Walls telling the amazing and uplifting story of her grandmother's life in the Southwest.

JCLJoyceM Sep 02, 2016

Jeannette Walls is a perfect storyteller. This novel based on her grandmother's life is delightful. I loved the author's notes at the end about the struggles she had in telling Lilly's story versus telling her mother's story. I'm glad she chose to separate them into two novels.

Sep 16, 2014

Really liked this book. It is better than Glass Castle in my opinion - a better read. She admits it is biographical but she does not list it as such because she can't back up every detail as truth. Great historic fiction.

Feb 18, 2014

I very much enjoyed this book. Found myself writing down page numbers of favorite passages and going back to write them down. Also read The Glass Castle in a short time which conveys how much it was enjoyed also. Jeannette Walls tells stories in such a way to express a home-grown style and the perceptions of the various characters are charming.

Mar 29, 2013

This was okay but a little disappointing. I liked her first book. This one seemed....I don't know....just not as good. I thought it was well written, but just didn't seem to have the same hold that the first one did.

Aug 04, 2012

Jeannette is an excellent writer. I read The Glass Castle after friends suggested the title. This story is even better since it is a generation removed from her. She made the grandmother's environment and surroundings very real, tactile and dimensional. Good to hear a story about a woman with so much get up and go!

Jun 28, 2012

What a woman! After reading this, then The Glass Castle, I want to go back and read about this matriarch all over again. The author has channeled her grandmother's voice in a splendid way.

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