Mount Dora Chick Lit Book Club: November "Half Broke Horses"

"Half Broke Horses, a True Life Novel" by Jeannette Walls;

From “Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town—riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one who is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds—against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix readers everywhere.

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  • SUSAN D.

    I am thrilled to have found this group. Read The Glass Castle already and look forward to another ride with this author.

    October 31, 2012

  • Kim

    Enjoyed her spirit! Very quick read.

    October 23, 2012

  • Sharon K.

    Hi, wanted to suggest "Going in Circles" by Pamela Ribon for one of our meetups. It would be a great book to discuss.

    October 23, 2012

  • Amber

    This book was amazing and by far one of my favorites. It was also on the NY Times 2009 - 10 Best Books List!

    1 · October 22, 2012

  • Tara K.

    I just joined the group and I am excited to get started. For the November meet-up, I am assuming that I need to read and finish the book, "Half Broke Horse, a true Life Novel". I have never been in a book club before so any information or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Look forward to meeting you.
    Thank you.

    October 21, 2012

    • Amber

      Hi Tara, yes that is it! Read the book and then we will discuss at the meetup. Looking forward to meeting you as well. Take care.

      October 22, 2012

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