Sunday, November 29, 2009
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Before I started Rebecca Unpublished, I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I loved it! I have recommended it to almost everyone I know, and have given it as a gift more than once. It remains on my list of all-time favorite books and fueled my passion for memoirs. I am so impressed with her writing style, outlook and humor. She makes a sad story funny. She makes the tragic seem palatable and she proves that attitude is everything!
So when I heard about her latest book, Half Broke Horses, I ordered it immediately.
And I was not disappointed.
Half Broke Horses is the true life story of the author’s maternal grandmother, who was a fabulously amazing character in her own right. Someone should make a major motion picture about this woman, because this is good stuff!
Not only just because it is true.
If you read The Glass Castle and know about the author’s mother and how she raised her children, and if you then read Half Broke Horses and see how that same woman was raised by her own mother .... you will be as mind-boggled as I was!
But beyond all of that, this is an action-packed, sassy adventure that will stand the test of time. I fell madly in love with Lily and the delicious cast of other characters. Because the author, Lily’s granddaughter, paints a glorious picture with her words, I felt I was traveling with Lily on each and every step of her fantastic life journey. She is my newest hero! She is my inspiration to enjoy my life no matter what hand I am dealt! And she will do the same for you, I promise!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK!