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Comments by Frank H. on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 07:28 IP Logged
Your book was very enjoyable reading. Thank you for a great insight into an "American Personality".
USA

Comments by Judy Kennedy on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 02:01 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I read the article in Ladies Home Journal this month and your story was an inspiration. I too was diagnosed with CFS in 1995. I was off work for 10 months and then reurned part time. Your courage in managing your life with CFS is wonderful to hear. I stopped by Barnes and Noble yesterday for your book. It sounds like you've been surrounded by very supportive friends and family. I work from my home now and like you enjoy each day. I was so relieved to have a solid diagnosis after living in limbo for weeks and weeks. Thank you for sharing your story. I appreciate having an individual who can speak for others afflicted with CFS. I congratulate you on your success and all the future holds. Judy Kennedy
Oxnard, CA USA

Comments by Brenda Guernsey on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 00:11 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I just finished your wonderful book. It was so well written; I couldn't put it down. My favorite books from childhood are Misty of Chincoteague and a book called And Miles To Go, about the great Arabian stallion Witez II. I have always dreamed about horses, having to wait until I was over 40 to own some. The horse world is so varied, and I was fascinated to learn about the racing world, and the three very different people whose lives converged around a truly great little horse. Thank you for a great read at a difficult time in my life. Sincerely, Brenda Guernsey
Prospect, OH USA

Comments by Gwen Spangler on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 01:00 IP Logged
Dear Laura: After reading the range of emotions from all the other guests, it does my heart good to know I am not alone in how I feel. My daughter, Kim, works as a Librarian. Just knowing of my love of horses, she ordered me a copy of "Seabiscuit." I was not aware of this magnificent horse and his life. Being among the "baby boomer generation," my fondest memory is of Secretariat. I will never, ever forget that day when he won at Belmont. It will stay in my heart forever. Then, along came Seabiscuit. All your other guests have put all the emotions so succinctly in writing that I could not possibly say any more that would enhance your great achievement! My heart is filled with joy, sorrow, longing and faith that even the most despairing can achieve and succeed as long as they hold on to their dream, never let go and believe there is something great for them! It breaks my heart to have to return this book to the library. As soon as I can afford to get a copy, I will purchase it and keep it close to my heart always! This is a story which can be read over and over to give the soul nourishment and strength and faith and courage beyond all imagination! God bless and keep you safe, Laura. Gwen Spangler, Gequine@aol.com Garden City, SC 29576 (Raised, lived in New York entire life until 1998.) Always went to Belmont! My greatest dream before I die is to attend the Kentucky Derby!! P.S. - Where can I obtain a full blown photo of Seabiscuit?
Garden City, SC USA

Comments by Judy Souza on Monday, October 15, 2001 at 07:26 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I saw your interview on Good Morning America, and felt compelled to buy your book. It was excellent and I loved every page of it. I have had a love affair with horses all my life, and owned a former Maryland bred gelding (raced at Plimlico) many years ago. He, like Seabiscuit, was an inspiration to me and helped me through a very tough 8 yr. period in my life. A wonderful and unforgettable companion and soulmate. I hope that you are feeling stronger, and I thank you for your gift of such a beautiful story. May God bless and keep you.
Newport, RI USA

Comments by Mary Helen Kuehner on Monday, October 15, 2001 at 04:44 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Your book has inspired one of my best friends to keep reaching for her dream. Thank you! I also feel compelled to tell you that I work with a natural product that modulates the immune system, raising the natural killer cell activity so that conditions such as CFS can be addressed through one's own immune system. I would be glad to share this information with you.
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Susan D. Johnson on Monday, October 15, 2001 at 03:32 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Both my daughter (who is an accomplished rider) and myself have read your book recently and absolutely loved it. I am telling everyone I know how good it is and am recommending it to my Book Club also. We are anxiously awaiting details on the movie. I wish we could see the exhibit at the museum in Saratoga also...maybe it will become a traveling one. We live quite near Arlington International Racecourse and frequently attend races there. I remember as a child having a horserace game with five famous horses "competing" by a spin of a dial and Seabiscuit was one of them. Thank you for such a great reading experience. "Heartwarming, inspirational and at times unbelievable" are words that come to mind to describe your book.
Winfield, IL USA

Comments by zachary wyatt on Monday, October 15, 2001 at 03:07 IP Logged
Laura, I had hoped to tell you in person at the bookstore this past saturday afternoon just how much i have enjoyed your work, the book, and the amazing story you have so captured so well. Your health, I understand prevented that from happening and I am so sorry. congratulations on the huge success you have enjoyed and i will keep my eyes out should you reschedule a reading in the DC area...thank you again...zachary
USA

Comments by bill joslin on Monday, October 15, 2001 at 01:02 IP Logged
Amazing book. Non stop reading. I was not aware of he significance of this horse and the story surounding him. Thank you.
la jara, co USA

Comments by Ron Reisebericht on Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 08:54 IP Logged
Cool Site. Wish there were more like this one on the Net.

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 05:15 IP Logged
TO THOSE PLANNING ON ATTENDING THE OLSSEN'S Q & A SESSION: I regret that because of illness, I have had to postpone my appearance. My apologies to anyone who planned on attending. Thanks.
USA

Comments by Claudia Harbourt on Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 03:10 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I had called Olsen's earlier in the day and you were still on, then my husband, my ywo children and I drove down to meet you! I was so very sorry that you were not feeling well, and had to cancel. ( I was able to add your signed book plate to my copy of Seabiscuit, Thank You for doing them.) Anyway, perhaps you would be able to do a live on line chat at some point, as there are many of us out there that would love to speak with you. Perhaps that format would be less taxing for you. Do you have a bibliography of your other published works? I know that I would enjoy reading whatever else you have penned. I have also been spreading the word about "Seabiscuit", as the best piece of non fiction published to date, and I would love to see some clothing items with his picture proudly displayed. I do hope that you have better health days ahead of you, and I look forward to reading more of your work. Take care and God bless. Sincerely, Claudia Harbourt
North Potomac, Md USA

Comments by James E. Lehr on Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 00:28 IP Logged
Please be advised that I have information about the greatest trotting horse, Messenger, from 1851, just like Seabiscuit. It would be a great follow up for you. Please contact me. Your old friend, James Lehr.
E.Rockaway, ny USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Friday, October 12, 2001 at 09:33 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. Just in case I have to cancel, call before you go to confirm. I look forward to seeing you there.
USA

Comments by Marie DiAlesandro on Friday, October 12, 2001 at 07:34 IP Logged
I just finished your book and was sorry to see it end. This is another chapter to my lifelong obsession with horses. At the ripe old age of 44 I have fulfilled my dream of owning a horse and am the proud owner of 3. Two Quarter Horses and an Appaloosa. The story of Seabiscuit was inspiring and a lovely excursion down memory lane. When I was a little girl, I used to pretend I was a horse and longed to be a jockey. At 5 feet, 8 inches I knew that would never happen. When I was in grade school I knew every racing stat known and completely enthralled with horses and the world of racing. I know I will read Seabiscuit again and again and again. I could almost smell the inside of the barn while reading your book and could definately inhale the most sweetest fragrances known to man. A Horse! Thank you for a wonderful story. Take care.
New Castle, PA USA

Comments by Gail Nichols on Friday, October 12, 2001 at 07:27 IP Logged
Loved the wealth of detail in your book! Just one question.. is/was there a motel at the Ridgewood Ranch? It seems to me that I stayed at a motel by this name with my Mom & Dad, around 1966-67, and that Mom mentioned something about a famous horse living there. All I remember is hoping that I might get to ride A horse...any horse! But what do you expect from a 6 year old! Please do write more on famous horses..Exterminator,perhaps?
St. Marys, Ks USA

Comments by Diana Smith on Friday, October 12, 2001 at 04:46 IP Logged
I LOVE your book! It's right on the mark. Such good writing ("...the earliest stages of progressive invisibility..." - terrific image!). When I was a teen-ager I walked hots & groomed at Longacres near Seattle & loved that whole environment. The atmosphere you evoke in the book, the terminology, the entire thing is right on. I close my eyes & can see this horse running, I can smell the shed row, I can hear the talk. Good research! Very immediate experience! Thanks for writing it.
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by Allie Pettigrew on Friday, October 12, 2001 at 00:20 IP Logged
I am unable to find how tall Seabiscuit was. I am doing a full-size poster of him for a school report. Thank-you, Allie
Richmond, VA USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 08:20 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. Just in case I have to cancel, call before you go to confirm. I look forward to seeing you there.
USA

Comments by Pat Cummings on Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 01:08 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have not yet read your book. (I will!) I didn't see your interviews. I didn't see the article. So how did I find out about you and your book? I was praying. That's right! I was praying about the tragedy that occurred on Sept. 11. I heard the word, "Sea Bisquit." I thought that sounded familiar and asked my husband and he said, "That's a race horse." I went online and typed in Sea Biscuit. I found out there is a rock group, a sea shell and a cracker for starving sailors, all called sea biscuits. They didn't interest me. I then found your web site. It is remarkable. Tell me this -- is there some spiritual lesson that our nation can learn from Seabiscuit? What color was he? There are four horses in Revelations - white, red, black and pale. Well, I'll order your book; I'm certain I am supposed to read it. I read much of the mail from your readers and it sounds like you are a marvelous writer and the better, no doubt, for having suffered. God bless and keep you. P.S. I wish I could have been at the book store to meet you today. Who knows? Maybe sometime our paths will cross. To find out more about me, see my web site at http://hometown.aol.com/dcummingaz/Dailydevotion.html Pat Cummings, Arizona
Goodyear, AZ USA

Comments by Lawrence Eichen on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 06:53 IP Logged
Hi Laura: Came across your web site and couldn't pass up opportunity to tell you that I really enjoyed your book. I learned a lot about horse racing, the lives of the jockeys at that time, that excellent owner, and,most importantly, the incredible story of the Biscuit. I look forward to seeing the movie and hope that it is done well. Since you will be a consultant to the movie, use the whip on the director when necessary.
Morris Twp., NJ USA

Comments by Beverly McMinn on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 04:51 IP Logged
Hi Laura....I've already told you how much I loved your book, many times. Seabiscuit will become a classic. I was wondering if you will write another book about a horse? Maybe Man O'War! Maybe Tim Tam or John Henry. Maybe Secretariate or Citation? Hope you are feeling better.
Downingtown, PA USA

Comments by Doug Cochran on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 03:12 IP Logged
Hi Laura, What a great story! I first learned about your book from the story on NPR. I was late to a meeting because I was so entralled with the tale. Now I've had a chance to read the book. Thank you for bringing us such a wonderfully written, exhaustively researched, and touching chronicle of Seabiscuit and those who came to know him. I look forward to watching the story on the big screen but I know the story can't be told with pictures as well as you have with words. I hope you will tour, and I would love to meet you in our quiet little town. Thanks again! Doug Cochran
Vero Beach, FL USA

Comments by Richard McClellan on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 02:31 IP Logged
Laura, you have left me happily drained of energy and tears. Being an avid reader of action and war history novels I would never think to buy a book about a horse. Your coverpage did the trick with Pollard's face telling it all. I could not put the book down. The 30's have long been my dream decade and you set the tone and pace for those tough years with a winnning combination of people, sports and the love/repect of an animal like Seabiscuit. Two items of note. My inlaws have a picture that was produced by the Rolling Rock Brewery that shows Man of War, Seabiscuit and Whirlaway as the 3 greatest race horses in the world. I think the framed poster is from the 60's. Second is my search for my Aunt and Uncle's association with Whirlaway. My uncle was raised in the Port Tobacco Maryland area and his family had something to do with horse farms and Whirlaway. Unfortunately most of that side of my family has passed on but your extensive research has shown me the way. Thank you for the best book I have read in 30 years. Richard McClellan
Reston, VA USA

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