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Comments by Karen Risch on Monday, October 08, 2001 at 06:23 IP Logged
Finished the book a few days ago, and I keep wishing it wasn't over. What a fabulous writer and an amazing story! I was captivated by the characters, marveled at the expert yet economical use of language, and hungered for every detail of Seabiscuit's phenomenal will to win. What heart! What a book!
Keswick, VA USA

Comments by Bonnie Fisher on Monday, October 08, 2001 at 04:59 IP Logged
I finished reading your book last Friday night. It's a good thing I was home, because it was a 5 tissue ending. It is so well written that I felt I was actually riding Seabiscuit during his races. A magical read. Thank you.
New Rochelle, NY USA

Comments by Gwen Reardon on Monday, October 08, 2001 at 01:33 IP Logged
Thank you for a wonderfully written book, you have a magical sense of your subject. Horses have played a big part in my life, my father was a trainer and I also made my living as a trainer. Along with training, I also made art, horses the inspiration, drawing, painting and for the past 40 years, sculpture. After reading your book, with many deadlines to meet, I find myself distracted by YOUR horse, wanting to sculpt Seabiscuit. If you have been to Lexington, KY since 1992 and got lost down town around Main and Vine st. There is a park called Thoroughbred Park, there are 12 life size horses in this park. Seven race horses, it took me about 4 years to complet this collection. I realize Seabiscuit has been done but I would like to put my hand to it, your book brought him to life again, I want to give one of those sparkling moments you created, form. Healing love dear one, you have done a beautiful thing, Gwen
Lexington, KY USA

Comments by E.M.B.Stoddard on Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 09:37 IP Logged
Thank you.

Comments by Vickie Reed Vela on Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 09:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book. Seabiscuit was a wonderful story! I enjoyed every bit of it. I loved reading about the racing world so long ago. I can't believe the amount of research that must have gone into writing this book. I am proud of you for all your hard work, and for your writing ability. Please keep writing! Your fan, Vickie
San Antonio, Tx USA

Comments by Dave Robinson on Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 09:34 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thanks and congrats on a GREAT book; I felt like I was right next to every piece of the story, so HOW can a film do it justice??? Like many others, I could't wait to pick up your tome each day, and continue. Wow. Seabiscuit Forever! My wife grew up with a few horses in a tiny barn in the backyard, while I never got near one. I told her she absolutely HAD to read your book, and now she is just at the start. She'll probably cry--I almost did, very moved and enthralled, was I. Need any more songs? I am a decent songwriter myself....probably too late. CONGRATS!!!
So.Deerfield, MA USA

Comments by Anne Francis on Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 09:04 IP Logged
Laura, My mother is a long-term CFIDS sufferer and an avid horse racing fan, so she was very excited when she learned about your book during your recent TV interview. She is anxious to buy your book because she was so touched by both the unlikely success story of Seabiscuit and your success story. She has been a long time volunteer in CFIDS support groups and associations and has been sick herself since the mid-1980s, so she really appreciated the effort it took for you to write this great book. I plan to buy her the book for her birthday and I wondered if you would consider autographing it and writing a little personal message to her. It would mean a great deal to her. Thanks
Boston, MA USA

Comments by Paula Bailey on Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 07:46 IP Logged
Dear Laura - I just finished reading your book, to my great disappointment and pleasure. I didn't want the story to be over. You have taken a myriad of details and information and woven a wonderful picture of what it took to make Seabiscuit the success that he was. Tom Smith sounds like the inspiration for "The Horse Whisperer" and his role in the care of his horse was, and probably still is, underrated. I was amazed at the realization that without any one of the 3 men in this story, there would have been no story and how each brought his talents and love for Seabiscuit to play in his career. I was expecting a rather dull, fact-filled book. Instead I was grabbed from the start and taken along for the ride. Your comment that the jockey wasn't a passenger along for the ride really opened my eyes, as well as your desciptions of the race plans and the actual race as it was eventually run. I note that you are appearing in Maryland at a book signing. Have you any plans to come to the Midwest? I live just outside of Chicago, and would love to attend. I'm looking forward to the movie and hope it meets your expectations as well.
Lombard, IL USA

Comments by Gene Green on Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 06:02 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Thanks for a great love story...or should I say stories. My heart was beating rapidly during the big race... and the tears started after it was over. You brought it to life. Looking forward to the movie. G.S. Green
Dresher, PA USA

Comments by Ronald M Fisher on Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 02:18 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand I am a retired jockey 1952 to 1978 I believe I rode with Red at the end of his career at Lincoln Downs in R.I not really sure though, but I am sure of one thing I remember a friend of mine had a bar in Pautucket called Auras Lounge, and Red was in there every dayand we had many a drink together. Red had a graveely voice, and all of a sudden he would holler out to the owner Dick MC Glaughlin an ex rider himself hay McLaughlin aint it about time the house buys a round.Being a race tracker i found your book to be a master piece of race track literature, you wrote as if you had spent your whole life on the track. I am in the process of writing my memoirs of my life on the track, from the stand point of a working jock trying to make a living no glammor just hard work as you know 90% of jocks don`t get to the top.I loved every minute of my life on the track, even with all the broken bones, I wouldnt trade a day of it. Thank you so much for such a great book that touched a little of my past
Sun City Ctr., FL USA

Comments by Hilary Grant on Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 00:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura: It's 12:45 in the evening and I can't put down Seabiscuit. I can almost reach out and touch his beautiful face. I giggle when I think of that silly horse sleeping on the train. When Smith ran his hands down Seabiscuit's leg at Belmont I felt the heat. At times I am Pollard, at times Howard or Smith. Your brilliance is humbling. Hilary
New Haven, CT USA

Comments by Todd on Friday, October 05, 2001 at 05:23 IP Logged
This is a VERY moving book. I read it twice. You are a gifted author and I absolutly can not wait for the Movie to come out.
Spokane, Wa USA

Comments by Karl Kracklauer on Friday, October 05, 2001 at 03:32 IP Logged
Laura, Apart from being a terrific read generally, I deeply appreciated the way your book plumbs interconnected psyches of Seabiscuit, his trainer and his mounts. And the way you captured the transcendent moments of horse and rider rising to the occasion, touching something divine, moved me to tears. Would that I had a peephole into horse heaven, where surely "the Biscuit" must be strutting his stuff, knowing he lives and runs again through you. Finally, may Hollywood allow you to make the movie this mangificent creature deserves...and we all need as once again America confronts the gathering storm of war. Karl Kracklauer, Greenbrae, CA
Greenbrae, CA USA

Comments by Winifred Scheid on Friday, October 05, 2001 at 00:19 IP Logged
Laura-I never read a great deal of non-fiction, but after seeing you on a morning show I could not purchase your book fast enough. I love horses, and I love watching them race. The Kentucky Derby is my favorite sporting event of the year! Just wanted you to know how very much I enjoyed "Seabiscuit". Once and awhile you come upon a book so compelling that you can't put it down and hate to see it end because it draws you into the story. Such was your book for me. I will wait patiently for the film to arrive in my area. It is one I certainly will not miss. Good luck to you in all your future endeavors and be well.

Comments by Jim Reese on Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 06:34 IP Logged
It's been a few months since I've read this wonderful book. I have recommended it to members of my family and also to many friends who have also enjoyed this truly inspiring story. And, boy, does this country need this type of story now more than ever! I have written twice before on this site expressing my love of the book and I have found it very enjoyable to follow the comments of so many others as they also report favorably on it. It is almost as if I am reading Seabiscuit: An American Legend over and over as different parts of the story are brought up by the readers. I also enjoy very much your commenting, Laura, when you have been asked to clarify a point. It only adds to the grandeur of the tale. You deserve all the compliments and rewards coming your way. You have created a masterpiece of a story for all of us.
Holiday, Fl USA

Comments by Cappy (Capella) Tosetti on Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 02:27 IP Logged
Your beautiful and touching story about persistence and determination reminds me of a favorite quotation about hope.... ....Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it. Thank you Laura for your words and inspiration - my copy of your book has a special and permanent place next to my favorite big blue chair, and I'm now listening to the audio version as I walk for exercise. I know I'll never want it to end. I always give books for Christmas - guess what everyone is getting this year - Seabiscuit is perfect for children and adults. My heart goes out to you, knowing how sick and fragile you are with CFS. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you so much for this gift of hope. Sincerely, Cappy Tosetti
Gleneden Beach, OR USA

Comments by Isabella Paula on Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 00:00 IP Logged
Just finished reading the book and it is absolutely the best I have read in years. I was torn between laughter and tears - can't wait for the movie. Miss Hillenbrand, good luck and I will pray that your health improves
Hemet, CA USA

Comments by Tim Mazanec on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 09:40 IP Logged
Absolutely fantastic book, I look forward to not only the movie, but reading the book again before the Triple Crown next year. By far, the best tribute written about a champion that I have read. Reading all the other comments says it all, a book unlike any other. Bravo!!
Boston, MA USA

Comments by dr. tom hennie on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 08:26 IP Logged
dear ms hillenbrand; there are no words to express the passion i felt reading your book. every emotion was depicted in this novel..i look so forward to the an aside, i did notice a grammar error on page 305 in the phrase" throw from horse" instead probably should have been thrown from horse, regarding luther...good luck and god bless you for writing this book.
cleveland, oh USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 07:55 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: Come meet me at a question and answer session at Olsson's Books and Records on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland on October 13 at 5:00 PM.  Signed bookplates will be available.  This is my first public appearance since my book debuted in March. Olsson's can be reached at 301-652-3336.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Ed Berkle on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 06:23 IP Logged
SEABISCUIT, AN AMERICAN LEGEND is a winner by 10 lengths!
Philadelphia, Pa USA

Comments by Ellen E. Boring on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 03:31 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand ~ We could all use (although there will never be) another Seabiscuit story in order to bring a little joy into these dark and trying times. Like so many things in life there is light at the end of the track/road ~ The reader experiences first hand the courage, strength, stamina and miles of hear this little horse had and all those who were a part of the great story .. He's gone (along with his keepers) but never forgotten. I was fortunate to listen in on Sam Spear's "At the Track" radio interview(s) - at the end of the hour all listeners were crying for more from you - you certainly captured the spirit of what life is all about - your readers await a new adventure but will always remember Seabiscuit as being the only jewel in everyone's Triple Crown. Your eloquent written story has captured the hearts of America - even those who are not horse people. Thank you for sharing so much of your time and skills to give your readers the ride of their lives - your dedication to excellence has given your readers a wonderful gift of reading history ~ THANKS AGAIN!!! Ellen & David Boring
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 01:25 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: In reply to the last note, Marcela Howard had a long and happy life after her husband's death. She remarried, but stayed deeply involved in the lives of Howard's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She died in 1987. Ridgewood had to be sold upon Howard's death, and his horses were dispersed at auction. The property has been divided somewhat, and though much of the old timber and redwoods were felled, it has not been developed and retains much of its old beauty. A church now owns the main part of it, where Seabiscuit's grave and his old barn lie. Lastly, Lin Howard did stay involved in racing, but to my knowledge, his descendants have not.

Comments by Kathryn Morgan on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 00:17 IP Logged
Your book was recommended to me by an attorney friend that loves history but has no interest in horses. He did me a great favor. As a person who has a passion for history and a tremendous love for horses I could not resist the book. What a wonderful story. The characters seemed so real that practically jumped from the pages into my world. That goes for Seabicuit as well as the humans involved. I laughed, cried, learned more than I expected about racing and the world of 1930s.I wanted to know more and more about the horses and the people and their lives(I even cried for War Admiral when he lost the race). We horse owners know that horses have personalities and that if competing they know when and if they have done a good job! Thank you for a truly wonderful historical account of racing and life in the 1920s and 1930s. By the way I think many readers wonder what happened to Marcela, what happened to their beloved Ridgewood Ranch and did the family continue their horse racing interests after Charles Howard died? I think I read that Lindsay Howard continued the tradition and perhaps his son? I would love to think that their love for horses lived on for generations and that somewhere in Northern California Seabicuit still has a beautiful and peaceful home.Thank you for making a generous impact on my life.
Kansas City, Mo USA

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