Thursday, November 10, 2011

Half Broke Horses

This past month the Oxmoor Page Turners, the Homewood Public Library's very own book group, read Jeannette Walls's Half Broke Horses. Walls gained fame for her 2006 memoirs, The Glass Castle. In the Glass Castle, Walls tells the story of her troubled childhood with her parents, Rex and Rosemary Walls. In Half Broke Horses, which was released in 2009, Walls writes a fictional portrayal of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. "A true life novel", is what Walls calls the heartwrenching story of her grandmother's life. Lily Smith is one heck of a woman. From riding 500 miles on horseback at the age of 15 to become a teacher to running a moonshine operation, Lily was determined to survive. Walls decided to write Half Broke Horses from Lily's perspective. This really helps the reader dive into Lily's story and understand her strength and spirit.

If you haven't read The Glass Castle, don't worry! You will fall in love with characters and want to pick up with their story in The Glass Castle.
To place a hold on Half Broke Horses, click here.

If you are interested in joining the next meeting of the Oxmoor Page Turners, we will be meeting on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 PM in the Lucretia M. Somers Boardroom. We will be discussing Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.

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