Book Club - October

Let's meet up and read Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls. It seems to be in between fiction and non-fiction.  I've heard good things about it. Here's the Amazon synopsis:

For the first 10 years of her life, Lily Casey Smith, the narrator of this true-life novel by her granddaughter, Walls, lived in a dirt dugout in west Texas. Walls, whose megaselling memoir, The Glass Castle, recalled her own upbringing, writes in what she recalls as Lily's plainspoken voice, whose recital provides plenty of drama and suspense as she ricochets from one challenge to another. Having been educated in fits and starts because of her parents' penury, Lily becomes a teacher at age 15 in a remote frontier town she reaches after a solo 28-day ride. Marriage to a bigamist almost saps her spirit, but later she weds a rancher with whom she shares two children and a strain of plucky resilience. (They sell bootleg liquor during Prohibition, hiding the bottles under a baby's crib.) Lily is a spirited heroine, fiercely outspoken against hypocrisy and prejudice, a rodeo rider and fearless breaker of horses, and a ruthless poker player. Assailed by flash floods, tornados and droughts, Lily never gets far from hardscrabble drudgery in several states—New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois—but hers is one of those heartwarming stories about indomitable women that will always find an audience.

Powell's has a number of copies and the library does too, but you'll probably need to get on the hold list.

*Note: I'm moving the time back to 5 p.m.*

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  • Jessica W.

    So sad I couldn't make it yesterday, but had a horrible cold all weekend and didn't want to share it. I enjoyed the book and look forward to more book clubs in the future!

    October 21, 2013

  • Kylie P.

    I also read the book and was unable to make it at the last minute. What a bummer! I loved the book and can't wait to read the next one and meet you all next meeting.

    October 21, 2013

  • Alyssa L.

    I read the book and was totally excited but I'm coming down with a cold. Grr! See you all for the next meeting. Sorry. :-)

    October 20, 2013

  • Kyanne

    Something came up at the last minute so I can't make it. It's probably just as well since I didn't have time to read the book! :-) Catch you all next time.

    October 20, 2013

  • Gina

    Sorry ladies...this was going to be the first time I was able to meet with the club, but I got called in to work. :P I even finished the book and everything!!

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure I'll be able to go tomorrow, but I would like to receive future information about this bookclub. How can I get on a list to get info?

    October 19, 2013

    • Sara

      Hi Liz, that's ok, I'll have another one next month, theyre always posted as events in this group.

      October 19, 2013

  • Sara

    Great Ashley! I'm enjoying it too. FYI, we thought about reading Glass Castles, but it wasn't as easy to get from the library...we may read it another time.

    October 18, 2013

  • Sandra

    Just finished the book and loved it! ...but also realized the 20th is my mother in law's bday and I can't skip out on that!! I look forward to meeting everyone at the next one, and have a winter-suggestion for December's reading if you're interested :)

    October 16, 2013

  • Kyanne

    I won't have time to read the book before Sunday, but I'm looking forward to meeting you all just the same! I'll get on it early next time. :)

    October 16, 2013

  • Jessica W.

    The 20- and 30-somethings Portland group is having a gathering to play board games at Lucky Lab starting at 3pm this same day, in case anyone wants to come early for some games!

    October 13, 2013

  • Alyssa L.

    Good thing I'm a fast reader. See y'all soon!

    October 7, 2013

  • Meghan

    This book was SO GREAT, what an excellent selection. Have already gotten my hands on Glass Castle as well ;) Really looking forward to the discussion.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • McKinzie M.

    I ordered this online and haven't received it yet... I'm going to have to speed read! :)

    October 5, 2013

  • Sara

    Great Sandra! We usually meet once a month, read a variety of books, and have a mix of regulars and new people. See you in a few weeks!

    October 3, 2013

  • Sandra

    I've been searching far and wide for a great book group...I'm excited to try this one out :)

    October 3, 2013

  • Erica F.

    I cant wait to meet some young ladies like me and learn what we have in common :)

    2 · September 16, 2013

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