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When eighth grader Abby Lovitt looks out at those pure-gold rolling hills, she knows there’s no place she’d rather be than her family’s ranch—even with all the hard work of tending to nine horses. But some chores are no work at all, like…
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This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that…

Horse Heaven

by Jane Smiley

|February 27, 2001

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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK "A WISE, SPIRITED NOVEL . . . [IN WHICH] SMILEY PLUMBS THE WONDROUSLY STRANGE WORLD OF HORSE RACING." --People "ONE OF THE PREMIER NOVELISTS OF HER GENERATION, possessed of a mastery of craft and…
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A Pulitzer Prize winner makes her debut for young readers. Abby Lovitt has been riding horses for as long as she can remember, but Daddy hasn't let her name a single one. He calls all their geldings George and their mares Jewel and warns her not to get attached.…

Twenty Yawns

by Jane Smiley

|April 1, 2016

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Lucy goes to the beach with her parents one breezy day. After lots of digging and rolling down dunes, the day has flown by, and it?s time to go home and go to bed. Lucy yawns and as her mom reads a story, she closes her eyes. But then all of a sudden, she wakes…
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Winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction A Washington Post Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel , BookPage It’s 1987, and the next generation of Langdons is facing economic, social, and…

Some Luck

by Jane Smiley

|July 28, 2015

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A New York Times Bestseller A Pulitzer Prize-winning Author A National Book Award Nominee A Best Book of the Year On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children.…

Early Warning

by Jane Smiley

|January 12, 2016

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One of the Best Books of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle It’s 1953, and the Langdons are at a crossroads. Walter, their stalwart patriarch, has died unexpectedly, and his wife must try to keep their farm going. But of their five children, only one will…

Moo

by Jane Smiley

|February 24, 2009

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In this darkly satirical send-up of academia and the Midwest, we are introduced to Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the study of agriculture. Amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, Moo’s campus churns with devious plots,…

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As part of the wonderful Collector's Library Series, Black Beauty is one of the best is one of the best-loved classics of all time. This attractive volume contains the complete and unabridged story with 12 full color illustrations, plus numerous black & white…

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True Blue is a beauty, a dappled gray, and when Abby gets to take him to her family's ranch, she can hardly believe her luck. The horse needs a home: his owner—a woman brand new to the riding stable—was tragically killed in a car crash and no one has…

Private Life

by Jane Smiley

|June 14, 2011

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Here is the powerful, deeply affecting story of one Margaret Mayfield, from her childhood in post–Civil War Missouri to California in the throes of World War II. When Margaret marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early at the age of twenty-seven,…