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Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
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Sep 03, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

This book is just great. The author bases a novel on stories she has always known about her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Lily was born in a home with a dirt floor in 1901. She grows up dirt poor, survives the depression, survives life on a ranch, life as a bootlegger, and life in general. I love this book. Lily takes every adversity and turns it into a life lesson. It's fun, it's inspirational, and it's an adventure. I also love Jeannette Walls's style. It's like Lily is having a one on one conversation with the reader. Lily's vocabulary is hilarious - for instance she calls her husband a "crumb bum" and uses words like, "nincompoop". Hysterical. Walls has a way of making it a page turner by ending each chapter with one really intriguing sentence, which makes you go on. I will have to read Glass Castle next because I really found myself appreciating Lily's daughter, Rose Mary, especially her thoughts on war and how she loved all animals, especially cows. Lily is one of those characters you just want to imagine being - like Jo from Little Women - or more appropriate to this novel, like Laura Ingalls from Little House. Ladies, read it.


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Sandy Once again, you've said it well, my friend. Didn't know you haven't read Glass Castle. Another excellent one.

Karen Bit of trivia - Jeannette Walls and AQ are both Barnard graduates. I act like I went there or something. I can't help it, everytime I read a good book I have to google the author. At jury duty they asked us if chosen to serve if we'd have enough restraint to NOT google technical issues brought up at the trial...isn't that interesting? A wired world...hyperconnected.

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