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Book Pick: Half Broke Horses

American journalist Jeannette Walls rose to global acclaim with her2005 memoir, The Glass Castle, a reflection on the pain she suffered atthe hands of her troubled parents.

Half Broke Horses
Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Scribner
Price: $34 (Hardcover)

American journalist Jeannette Walls rose to global acclaim with her 2005 memoir, The Glass Castle, a reflection on the pain she suffered at the hands of her troubled parents. Now, Walls climbs farther up the family tree to 1901, exploring the mettle with which her grandmother Lily Casey Smith commanded her life, presented in the form of a first-person narrative. Set in the American southwest, the “true-life novel” follows Smith’s education — early in horse rearing, later in flying a plane — and the battles she fought during periods of significant economic and social change in 20th century America.

 
 
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