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Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
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it was amazing
bookshelves: biography-and-memoir

I typically stay away from non-fiction and I had no previous interest in horse racing so I probably wouldn't have read Laura Hillenbrand's fabulous Seabiscuit: An American Legend if I didn't absolutely love the film version with its edge-of-your-seat action and subtle, intelligent humor. Those qualities came from the book. Even though I know (a version of) the story, I found myself tearing through the passages about the races with rapt attention as if I were sitting in the grandstand and laughing out at the wicked humor, especially that of Tom Smith. Most importantly, though, I learned so much about the sport, about the people that are a part of the sport, and the history of our country at a tumultuous period.
The first part of the book moves a bit slower than the rest of the book as Hillenbrand introduces the reader to a multitude of characters with an intimate focus on Charles Howard, Tom Smith, Red Pollard, George Woolf, and, of course, Seabiscuit. So at first I was afraid that my preconception about non-fiction, that it is dull and minutely detailed, might be true of Seabiscuit: An American Legend. I am so glad that I was wrong.

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Reading Progress

June 22, 2011 – Shelved
January 27, 2016 – Shelved as: biography-and-memoir
July 26, 2016 – Started Reading
July 26, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 28, 2016 –
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July 28, 2016 –
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August 2, 2016 –
page 280
August 5, 2016 – Finished Reading

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