Seabiscuit

I wanted a light-hearted and easy read after the last selections ;-)

I have always heard good things about this book and I really like her writing, so I think this will be a good choice.

Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand

From Amazon:

"Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes:

Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race."


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  • Jim S.

    Enjoyable and fun read! As always, learned lots from our book and discussion!

    March 7, 2014

  • Brigitte

    Hi everyone . So sorry I have to miss this one.

    February 26, 2014

  • Tammy

    February 26, 2014

  • Anna

    I'm new to San Diego and live in Pacific Beach. I look forward to reading and discussing with you this time or in the future

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Rob

    Years ago I was reading the 2004 Best American Essays book and I ran into an piece by Laura Hillenbrand. I loved it. It has the same slow, thoughtful and rich style her books have. The essay is about her life with chronic fatigue syndrome. After reading it, you can understand her fondness for comeback characters like Seabiscuit and Louis Zamperini.

    http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=2003-07-07#folio=056

    February 11, 2014

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