Sunday, December 27, 2009

Book Review: "Half Broke Horses" by Jeannette Walls

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel 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.



  1. oo i loved that book! can't wait to read half broke horses!! thanks for the tip!!

  2. This goes on my soon to be read list, but for now, I'm catching up on blog reading! Happy new Year!

  3. cool, i've been meaning to read the glass castle for a while, so i'm gonna buy that and half broke horses. thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Hi Lori,
    Lovely review. I love coming by to see what you are up to. You have a lovely week. Every happiness to you and yours in the new year.
    Warmest regards,

  5. Anonymous9:03 PM

    I read both of them and loved them!! She has such a way with telling the stories. Could hardly put them down! Congrats on your feature bracelet--it is beautiful!

  6. I am putting this on my reading list, too. Thank you. I love stories such as these... Fun browsing your site!!


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