Craig Wilson reviews Jeannette Walls’ Half Broke Horses in USA Today:
Walls’ grandmother, who died at 67 in 1968 when Walls was only 8, left her New Mexico home at 15, riding 500 miles alone on her pony to teach in the frontier town of Red Lake, Ariz. She survived everything from droughts to floods to the Great Depression.
“She’s an American original who lived an extraordinary life, a tough broad who did what she had to do,” Walls says. “She wanted to bend everything to her will. The West. Her students. Her horses. I hope people will say she reminds them of someone.”