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Blind Pony: As True A Story As I Can Tell

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When your mother names you after your father's affair, you might wish you were living someone else's life.

For Samantha Hart, growing up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania had been no childhood idyll but rather a violent, surreal nightmare. A twisted vision of pastoral life part Faulkner part Dante. At fourteen years old, she ran away in search of her father, a character she o
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Published March 15th 2021 by Wild Bill Creative
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    Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This book is fantastic. I had no idea who Samantha Hart was going into it, so I picked it on its content alone. Hart is an incredible story teller and a master of words. Your heart aches for her in the bad times and soars for her in the good times. This is a heavy read, but so easy to fall into and find that you've been reading for hours on end. Thank you to NetGalley and Samantha Hart for allowing me to read this book early! ...more
    Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Loved every part of this book! The story is told with grace and humor. Inspiring and hopeful.
    Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    ‘By the way, my name is Samantha’ – Welcome to a fascinating life!

    California author Samantha Hart is a significant figure in the entertainment industry, serving in positions in music, film, advertising, and senior creative executive. Her numerous awards have recognized her contributions in creative direction, copywriting, and design. BLIND PONY is her memoir tracing her beginnings with a traumatic childhood and young adulthood, surviving many obstacles to achieve personal and financial independe
    Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Blind Pony: As True A Story As I Can Tell
    by Samantha Hart

    I received a copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

    A heart-wrenching memoir from journals that begin during the authors childhood. We follow the author down “ the dusty trail “ of her life with a little added interpreted fiction covering the meeting of her parents.
    Born Pammy Sue, she was unfortunately named after a woman her father, Wild Bill Butter, had an affair with. Her parents had a diffcult marriage, living with her
    Christine Reynolds
    Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2021
    Blind Pony is memoir of strength, courage and taking chances that are against all odds. Samantha Hart wasn’t born Samantha Hart, she was born Pammy Sue Butter, named after her fathers mistress. After watching her father drink and gamble his way through life, he eventually leaves Pammy Sue, her four sisters, her mother alone to fend for themselves. Her mother moves the girls into a rural family farm in Pennsylvania to live with their grandparents which is where Pammy Sue’s life spirals into a dar ...more
    Kelly Long
    Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
    This is quite the roller coaster ride the reader experiences while reading this book. The ups and downs of her life are pretty fascinating. Her courage and strength to overcome abuse and drugs is remarkable. The only thing lacking that I would've liked to read was more about her mom and see her side of things. Overall, this is well written and engaging.
    Thomas Kelley
    Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Blind Pony follows the early life of the author who while living on her grandpa's farm in Pennsylvania is subjected to sexual abuse by her grandpa and a mother who chose to look the other way decides at the age of 14 to run away to live with her dysfunctional father. This leads her to getting work to survive in various places around the world and doing while being a teenager and there are sure interesting jobs but it surely fits with the time of the 1970's and she does these jobs literally aroun ...more
    Josie Momberger
    Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book and a handwritten note from the author herself! In her debut memoir, Samantha Hart details her early childhood in rural Pennsylvania and how she ran away to California when she was 14, and her adventures sound the world through her early 20’s.

    I really really liked the book and was shocked at how good the writing was since it’s a debut. Some parts were extremely difficult to read as Sam detailed several instances of sexual assault and drug addiction, an
    Grymm Gevierre
    Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Hart has led one heck of a life. This book is a memoir, and it’s one that really gets you invested in Hart’s story. The book starts off rather dark (chapter 3, that was a doozy), but it’s honest. It goes quickly from a bleak outlook and painful circumstances to parties and being lost in the LA glamour and grind as well as what darkness lies under the veneer of the party lifestyle.
    I think my favorite part is how honest Hart is. She’s candid about the people that come and go in her life, and op
    Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Blind Pony is a heart-wrenching, engaging memoir that really keeps you reading. The book follows Sam's life from childhood that at times has magical qualities to other times devastating consequences to later in her adult life where she fights with the demons of her past to pave the way for a quite interesting life.

    Hart's memoir is far more interesting than the synopsis and yet parts of her story aren't anything that is new but the way she writes it you feel very emotionally involved and wanting
    Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    BLIND PONY: As True A Story As I Can Tell by Samantha Hart isn't your usual memoir. She shows you the good, bad, and extremely ugly true of her life. As I read this book, I wanted to feel sorry for Samantha, but it would turn around and you would triumph with her as the hardship she just experience gave her the next stepping stone for her journey in life.

    Samantha Hart's book BLIND PONY is a fascinating read, though quite gritty. Given her home life was so bad they didn't even look for her when
    Vivian Craig
    Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Samantha Hart’s Blind Pony is an exceptional read. I was entirely drawn in by her every word— feeling the physical and emotional pain of the abused little girl and the exploited young woman experiencing love and loss, love and loss. I did often find myself torn between wanting to reach in and hold her in my arms and, conversely, to shake her to her senses. But Samantha did it for me. She managed to endure despite the most difficult and threatening of circumstances, and to thrive by her wits and ...more
    Liliyana Shadowlyn
    Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This is such a compelling memoir. Not easy to read in the sense that some dark and heavy things are covered, but with an easy flow and unique voice that keep you turning the pages. Amongst the dark there is humor and levity. Hart’s memoir is touching, and engaging in a way I cannot describe. This is a globe-trotting story, from PA, to LA, to Europe, you’ll follow Hart on a story that will sit with you long after you’ve finished the last page.
    Life Hope
    Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Blind Pony is the memoir of Californian author Samantha Hart. It is an emotionally-packed, traumatic and very graphic story of childhood abuse which no-one should have to endure. At the age of 14 Samantha takes the decision to escape the abuse of her grandfather and travel to Los Angeles to locate her father “Wild Bill”, that leads her on another precarious journey into sex, drugs and rock n roll. I found this to be a very powerful true life story that drew me in from the first paragraph. It was ...more
    Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I almost didn’t get into this book. At first, Sam Hart’s writing, in two or three sentence paragraphs, jarred me. I didn’t know if there would be a story, yet what she was saying in bits and pieces engaged my attention. I read some reviews – both positive and negative and decided to read on. Now, I cannot stop thinking about her life, covered her into her early thirties or so. And I think her way of telling it was just right. Much is made in the press around this book about Hart’s significant cr ...more
    Singhania Gautam
    Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Samantha Hart came up with a wonderful book "Blind Pony: As True A Story As I Can Tell. This is such a compelling memoir. Not easy to read in the sense that some dark and heavy things are read this book. ...more
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    “I still believed kindness existed in the world. I even felt today could be the day I would rise above my fears...If I could hold on to the belief that there was goodness in the world, I knew it would manifest in my life.” - Blind Pony.

    This debut memoir follows Samantha Hart, who was originally named after her father’s affair, and grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania that had been no childhood idyll but rather a violent night
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    “The cawing of a big, black crow awoke me early the next morning, but I remained still, pretending to be asleep. I didn’t want to see Ibrahim in the light of day, and I didn’t want to make more small talk. I felt hunger pains through the remnants of champagne and cognac from the night before. I wondered why I hadn’t eaten more, feeling silly about having been so insecure about my culinary etiquette.

    Numb and void of emotion, I remained in a state of suspended animation reliving the events of our night of passion. The night before, I pictured silhouettes of angels dancing upon the ceiling in the moonlight, not disconnected bodies lying beneath the covers at a loss for words.”
    “Over the weekend, Bruce introduced me to the game of backgammon, which was enjoying almost cult-like popularity in Los Angeles. He told me about a private club called PIPS that held tournaments on the weekends and was all the rage. Though I had never played the game before, something about backgammon brought the two hemispheres of my brain together, as Stuart had described.

    To win at backgammon, one needs strategy and luck. Bruce reveled in the role of playing teacher, and I knew if I put my mind to it, I could learn the game and become a fierce opponent, which I hoped would amuse Bruce and help keep a roof over my head. We stayed awake until dawn, snorting coke and playing backgammon. I don’t know if it was the game or the cocaine, but something made me intent on becoming the best.”
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