Half Broke Horses

Friday, April 13, 2012
Jeannette Walls

Written by the author of The Glass Castle, this is billed as a “True Life Novel” because it is based on the life of the author’s grandmother, Lily Casey Smith.  Walls blends fact with fiction to create an intriguing story about a remarkable woman who grew up in West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona in the early part of the 20th century when that part of the country was remote and still mostly unsettled.  At age 15 she rode her horse alone on a 28 day trip to take a teaching job.   Her indomitable spirit helped her survive challenges by creatively using her wits, e.g. during the Great Depression she had a modest business bootlegging liquor to cowboys in the remote west.  Over many years she married twice, had two children, earned a college degree, took flying lessons and treated life as an adventure.  Great story. Check our catalog.

Kathleen Zaenger, Director


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