A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money and Luck

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A.A. Knopf, 2004 - Pets - 287 pages
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The Pulitzer Prize—winning author ofA Thousand Acresgallops into territory she first explored in her acclaimed best-selling novel Horse Heaven(“Deeply satisfying . . . a smart, warmhearted, winning book” –New York Times Book Review)with this irresistible account of her lifelong love affair with horses. Smiley draws upon her firsthand knowledge of horses, as well as the wisdom of trainers, vets, jockeys, and even a real-life horse whisperer, to examine the horse on all levels–practical, theoretical, and emotional. She shares not only “cute stories” about her own horses, but also fascinating and original insights into horse–and human–behavior. To all this she adds an element of drama and suspense as two of her own horses begin their careers at the racetrack. As the sexy black filly Waterwheel and the elegant gray colt Wowie aspire to the winner’s circle, we are enchanted, enthralled–and informed about what it’s really like to own, train, and root for a Thoroughbred. A Year at the Racesis charming, funny, and a bit outrageous: a candid exploration of the abiding bond between humans and horses, told with panache, intelligence, and humor.  

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User Review  - booklove2 - LibraryThing

I've always had a passing interest in everything horses (while still living in reality that Mom and Dad could never buy me a pony... but I could wish there was one out in the yard anyway!), so this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beverly Harrison Campbell - Goodreads

Jane could well be the best non-fiction writer out there. Most of this book was very engaging and a page turner. Some of this book fell into the TMI category for me, but overall very interesting and ... Read full review


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Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including, most recently, Good Faith, as well as a critically acclaimed biography of Charles Dickens. She is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. Smiley owns several horses and lives in Northern California.

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