Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
A follow up to her first book, her incredible memoir The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses goes further back into Walls' family to tell the story of her grandmother Lily Casey Smith.
Lily was a tough woman who did not let anything stand in her way. In a time when the only thing expected of women was to get married, she wanted more. She taught. She moved to a big city and made a life for herself. When that didn't work out like she expected to, she moved back to the southwest and began teaching again. She learned to drive a car, raced horses, flew a plane and ran a huge ranching property with her husband.
She was a no nonsense woman whose spirit I admired. So much that I read this book in two days. Walls calls this book a true-life novel as it is her grandmother's life but considering her grandmother died when Walls was eight or so, she couldn't confirm every detail/story Rosemary, her mother, told her. So she filled the holes in when needed.
Regardless, this was a great story. And Walls proved herself again a fantastic writer great with detail that creates people and images that jump off the page. I would recommend this book as well as The Glass Castle if you haven't read either.
Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.
Next month - Every Last One by Anna Quindlen