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Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
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Jun 13, 2012

really liked it
Read in June, 2012

This is a FANTASTIC little novel. It's really a sort of semi-imagined biography of the author's Grandmother Lily Casey, told in Lily's voice, about her life growing up in the American West.

She's was an amazing woman, full of gumption and strength (maybe a little TOO much strength, especially when it comes to raising her daughter Rosemary...trying to 'beat a little sense' into her head. Walls clearly doesn't approve of some of her Grandmother's behavior, and it comes across as a little heavy-handed, but it's not that big of a deal.)

Lily was a born horse woman, learning to break horses from her father, and lived on ranches on and off her whole life. She was also a teacher, airplane pilot, schoolbus/hearse/taxi driver, democratic organizer, housemaid...you name it, she did it, scraping and scratching pennies together during and after the depression to eke out a living in the beautiful but hardscrabble land of the American Southwest.

Great, easy read--fun and engrossing! Also, excellent dose of early American girl/woman power!
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