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Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
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Jul 14, 12

Read in November, 2011

I loved this book so much! Wells calls it a “true-life novel” because it is both a novel and a biography on her no-nonsense, pull yourself up by your bootstraps and do what needs to be done grandmother. Wells wanted to write the novel in the first person in order to capture her grandmother’s distinct voice, which made the work so much more captivating. And don’t let the biography part fool you- this thing is action packed from the very first page during which a flash flood almost kills Lily and her siblings.

I also loved the honesty about the time period: the book shows what it’s really like to live in a dug out (way harder than Little House on the Prairie lets on), how life in the big city for a single gal all alone sucks and is demeaning, how hard it is to keep one’s own values as a teacher, what cowboys were really like, what living on a ranch was like, how to keep up with changing times and technologies, and the difficulties of raising children. And boy, does she do all that with spunk.
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