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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

I read Jeannette Wall's book about her childhood (The Glass Castle) earlier this year and like most people, was appalled at what she suffered in her childhood because of her crazy parents. I was anxious to read this book about her mother's mother, Lily Casey, who lived a very adventuresome and interesting life.
The book is called a true-life novel because most of it is true. I guess there was just enough fiction to keep it from being a biography. Lily was a fascinating woman and it was easy to see how her daughter could end up being the way she was. I thought that the book was good, although a bit short, and the stories were great but it lacked some of the depth of her first book, not just because it was shorter but the depth of feeling as well. The stories were just stories, because Walls did not experience them herself, maybe? Fairly clean with just some swearing and crude talk. Rated PG-13.

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