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Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
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Nov 04, 10

A series of family stories, narrated by the voice of the author's grandmother, taking us from her earliest recollections to the birth of her granddaughter (the author). The stories don't really add up to a novel--they provide only a slight over-all shape with some common thematic material; but each individual story is a delight, narrated by a smart, funny, self-assured, independent, tough frontierswoman, who in the course of her life not only broke horses, but also taught school, threatened a Mormon elder with her pearl-handled revolver, and learned to pilot airplanes.

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message 1: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Just recently read this book myself. I also enjoyed it although I was skeptical about its full truth. Like so many stories, I suspect that much of what is said here just got better and better with the retelling. Nevertheless, it was a good story--factual or not.

message 2: by Jon (last edited Nov 05, 2010 09:05AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jon I agree, including the (implied) bit about not letting mere facts get in the way of a good story. I was a little skeptical too, although the only outright anachronism I (think I) detected was the use of "busted my hump" during the Great Depression. I think the phrase is a lot more recent than that. And, uh, if you read it, why didn't you enter it on Goodreads, hmmm?

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