Half Broke Horses

Half Broke Horses

[a True-life Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2009
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A true-life novel about Lily Casey Smith (the author's grandmother) who at age six helped her father break horses, at age fifteen left home to teach in a frontier town, and later as a wife and mother runs a vast ranch in Arizona where she survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy--but despite a life of hardscrabble drudgery still remains a woman of indomitable spirit.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2009], ℗2009
ISBN: 9780743597227
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wal
Description: 8 audio discs (9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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ArapahoeAnna Sep 14, 2016

A very authentic read by the author Walls telling the amazing and uplifting story of her grandmother's life in the Southwest.

JCLJoyceM Sep 02, 2016

Jeannette Walls is a perfect storyteller. This novel based on her grandmother's life is delightful. I loved the author's notes at the end about the struggles she had in telling Lilly's story versus telling her mother's story. I'm glad she chose to separate them into two novels.

Sep 16, 2014

Really liked this book. It is better than Glass Castle in my opinion - a better read. She admits it is biographical but she does not list it as such because she can't back up every detail as truth. Great historic fiction.

Feb 18, 2014

I very much enjoyed this book. Found myself writing down page numbers of favorite passages and going back to write them down. Also read The Glass Castle in a short time which conveys how much it was enjoyed also. Jeannette Walls tells stories in such a way to express a home-grown style and the perceptions of the various characters are charming.

Mar 29, 2013

This was okay but a little disappointing. I liked her first book. This one seemed....I don't know....just not as good. I thought it was well written, but just didn't seem to have the same hold that the first one did.

Aug 04, 2012

Jeannette is an excellent writer. I read The Glass Castle after friends suggested the title. This story is even better since it is a generation removed from her. She made the grandmother's environment and surroundings very real, tactile and dimensional. Good to hear a story about a woman with so much get up and go!

Jun 28, 2012

What a woman! After reading this, then The Glass Castle, I want to go back and read about this matriarch all over again. The author has channeled her grandmother's voice in a splendid way.


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