Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette WallsHalf Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

byJeannette Walls

Paperback | September 7, 2010

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Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix readers everywhere.

“Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town—riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one who is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds—against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix readers everywhere.
Jeannette Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York City for twenty years. Her books include the memoir The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel.
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Title:Half Broke Horses: A True-Life NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.3 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1416586296

ISBN - 13:9781416586296

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed this book after reading "The Glass Castle"
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read Decent read, few laughable moments. Not overly capturing but good as light reading
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Jeannette Walls has done it again. She does not her readers down with this book. Another great read and interesting to see from her mother's life perspective.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Amazing Novel from Jeannette Walls Poignant characters and enticing plot. Always a great read from Jeannette Walls!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Yet another amazing jeanette walls novel I'd recommend all of her novels
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it It was surprisingly funny and just an overall great book
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved her first book This was really a wonderful read....I love her style of writing! she's the best.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. It was a good book however I think it's only because I really like Jeannette's way of writing. I couldn't get as into it as the other two.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easy Read This is a fairly intriguing book. It reads easily, quickly, and keeps one mildly entertained.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Always good! I love Jeannette Walls, enjoyed all her books, this one is no exception!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I loved The Glass Castle but I think Half Broke Horses is even better. This book is well-written, the story and the characters are incredibly interesting and once I picked this book up, I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! If you read "Glass Castle", you will love this book too! I think Walls has beautiful writing, and she always manages to get me hooked from the very first page. This book is set out in a autobiographical manner, and Lily is truly a captivating woman in herself to keep the reader's attention!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Absolutely fascinating and unique biography. Lily Casey Smith had a truly interesting life and the stories amassed here make for a wonderful read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable Jeannette Walls takes the life of a woman who may seem ordinary at first glance and shows that she has a very clear life and purpose. That takes skill to do.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Written I read Glass Castle before I read this, so I had very high expectations when I read this. This book has a really interesting, strong female lead, and I always like seeing that. I would recommend this if you were a fan of Glass Castle, and vice versa.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating read Another great book by Jeannette Walls. I only wish I read it prior to reading Glass Castle, though the story was still captivating and beautifully told. Author's has an outstanding tallent at painting a picture - one can almost 'live' her stories.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Insight Really enjoyed this prelude to Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It was a great read and the story gave some real insight into the life that shaped her mother. Really enjoyed the development of her grandmother's character, and loved that Ms. Walls portrayed her with a wonderfully balanced approach. While not as strong as Glass Castle, the author is still a superb story teller.
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Book From Walls What a great novel! Another amazing book from Jeannette Walls. After reading The Glass Castle, I was excited to read this true-life novel and once again I was hooked after the first page. Walls has a way of getting the reader so involved in the story and with the characters that it is hard to put the novel down once you start. Her family stories are entertaining, funny and smart and I look forward to future novels from her. I would recommend this book to everyone, although if I were to choose now I would have read this novel before The Glass Castle (just to read the in chronological order).
Date published: 2011-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story! A wonderful read! I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2010-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good book! I could not put this book down, it took me a week to finish. Very good would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2010-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful read I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Jeanette Walls impressed me with her "Glass Castle" and now with "half Broke Horses" . The style of chapters or breaks in pages every few pages lends well to short time frames devoted to reading. All in all I would strongly reccomend this read to everyone, straight from the hip both warm and enriching.
Date published: 2010-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! This was an absolutely amazing book with a great story and great characters! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a heartwarming story!
Date published: 2010-09-20

Editorial Reviews

[Jeannette Walls is] the third generation of a line of indomitable women whose paths she has inscribed on the permanent record, enriching the common legend of our American past.”—Liesl Schillinger, New York Times Book Review (cover review)