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Jeannette Walls, “Half Broke Horses”

I did not read Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle, but I think I know the basics about it — that it was a memoir of her relationship with her crazy parents. Memory (so unreliable) tells me there’s an anecdote about Walls, … Continue reading

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Dick Francis, “Odds Against”

Three cheers for “category fiction,” is what I say. Sometimes people in the book business look down on novels that fall into the categories of romance, mystery, thriller — I guess “chick-lit” may be one of the categories now. But … Continue reading

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Sara Gruen, “Flying Changes”

Flying Changes follows Sara Gruen’s Riding Lessons, picking up with the same characters just a few months later. It exhibits pretty much the same strengths and weaknesses as the earlier book: the heroine is occasionally unbearable, the animal characters come … Continue reading

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Molly Gloss, “The Jump-Off Creek”

I was glad to see that there’s a new edition of The Jump-Off Creek, because I read a 1989 hardcover that looked as if it had come off a dude ranch’s shelf of books left by guests.  I wouldn’t have … Continue reading

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Siegfried Sassoon, “Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man”

This book has been on my radar for decades, ever since my teenage horsey phase. I vaguely remember trying to read it, but grasping that it wasn’t really about horses. Then of course when I read Vera Brittain’s Testament of … Continue reading

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