Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved Jeannette Walls' first book, "The Glass Castle", so I was overjoyed when I heard she had another memoir coming out. I got this book for Christmas, so dug in and finished it last night.
This book, about Jeannette's grandmother and peripherally, her mother, filled in some gaps from the first book, which covered Jeannette's life. If you haven't read "The Glass Castle", I'm hear to tell you that her life was interesting, horrifying, daunting -- but ultimately, uplifting. Tonight I'm going to reread "The Glass Castle" to see if I feel any differently about the story and the many hardships Jeannette and her siblings endured having now learned more about the mother's and grandmother's hardscrabble upbringing and background.
"Half Broke Horses" is fascinating, to say the least -- Jeannette's grandmother taught school before she graduated high school, flew airplanes, and helped run a horse ranch, among other things. If you haven't read either book, no worries -- you can read either one firstwith no problem.