more about: Half Broke Horses

Jeannette Walls Addresses Your Questions and Comments

Hi, Bookies: No surprise, a number of you took advantage of the opportunity to ask Jeannette Walls the questions you had for her at the conclusion of our Half Broke Horses discussion. Read on as she reveals a little more about the two women who loomed large in her life—her grandmother Lily; and her mother, Rosemary—plus some plans for the […]

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Half Broke Horses, Chapters 7 Through 9

Hi Bookies, we’re at the end and now I want to go back and re-read The Glass Castle to keep the story going. I’m constantly amazed by Lily’s resourcefulness. Is there nothing she can’t accomplish? Catching a wild horse, getting free gas on the way to and from Tucson, earning her college degree in two years, flying planes… It was […]

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Half Broke Horses, Chapters 4 Through 6

Thanks for all your comments, Bookies—I’m glad to hear that all of you are enjoying the book as much as I am. Reader Brooke brought up an interesting topic I didn’t mention in my previous post—Lily’s mother. She seems to be the complete opposite of Lily and clearly thinks that a woman’s goal in life is to be married off […]

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Half Broke Horses, Chapters 1 Through 3

I’m completely immersed in Half Broke Horses and had to restrain myself from reading ahead and finishing the whole thing this weekend. It certainly has that Little-House-on-the-Prairie-for-grownups vibe; I loved that the family started out living in a dugout, just like Laura Ingalls Wilder did in On the Banks of Plum Creek. I was a huge fan of those books […]

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Hi, Bookies! Let’s Start Reading

Hello, everyone! I’m Maggie Shi, a deputy editor for, where I work with content across several different areas—food, money, family, work, and life lessons. My job involves everything from overseeing photo shoots for the website to collaborating with the magazine editors to writing our daily recipe newsletter. I also blog regularly about food here on Simply Stated and am attempting to cook my way through the Real Simple recipe repertoire this year.


I’m an avid reader, so I’m incredibly excited to be leading the February book club.

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