Saturday, May 1, 2010

Library Journal Review

Why We Ride: Women Writers on the Horses in Their Lives. Seal, dist. by Publishers Group West. May 2010. c.254p. ed. by Verna Dreisbach. illus. ISBN 978-1-58005-266-5. pap. $15.95. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Dreisbach writes that we choose a horse for many reasons, such as beauty, ability, what we see of ourselves reflected in the horse (or what we wish we were like). All 20-plus contributors to this collection—for example, Jane Ayres, Kara Gall, Michele Scott, and Jacqueline Winspear—believe that their horses taught them something about themselves and made them stronger, better people. If you're looking for a rational, objective reason as to why women ride, it will not be found in this book—all the contributors write of a passionate love and connection with the horse (sometimes in spite of being physically injured while riding), and most are impressed at being in control and/or partnering with such a beautiful, graceful, and powerful animal. VERDICT Animal lovers and readers of horse memoirs such as Susan Richards's Chosen by a Horse and Jane Smiley's A Year at the Races (Smiley here contributes a foreword) will enjoy this compilation.—Patsy E. Gray, Huntsville P.L., AL

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