- 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.