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Friday, May 16, 2008


- Seabiscuit arrives at the Santa Anita racetrack with trainer Tom Smith and owner Charles Howard.

Today I finally finished listening to the book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. I almost gave up on it after the first disc because I wasn't used to listening to non-fiction, but I stuck with it and I'm very glad I did. The characters came alive, even Seabiscuit - of course I never met the odd little horse who won so many races during the Depression, but the book taught me to know and love him.

The book was ranked #1 on the New York Times best seller list for 42 weeks (there are 628 customer reviews at Amazon! :), and as the NYT mentioned, Seabiscuit,, Hillenbrand's book (Random House, 2001), was a thunderclap of research and elegant writing. The writing is very good and the author has been published in magazines like the The New Yorker .... one of her essays in that magazine is about her continuing battle with chronic fatigue syndrome - A Sudden Illness -- How My Life Changed.


Blogger cowboyangel said...

It's a great book. Interesting to hear a bit of it. Thanks.

It's too bad Hillenbrand has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - I'd love for her to write more books. I don't think she has. Have you heard of anything else by her?

The movie's great, too. I didn't like it so much when I first saw it, but I've watched several times now and it seems to get better each time. Chris Cooper!

1:43 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I did read that she's writing another book - one about Olympic athelete and WWII POW Louis Zamperini.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Nice looking horse, but you can see he's a little knock-kneed there in the picture, just like they said he was.

8:25 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Jeff,

Yeah, I've seen other pics of him that show how short he was, with a kind of stubby tail and funny knees - but what a heart!

8:58 PM  

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