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Comments by Rob Secinaro on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 05:24 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Congratulations on your book !! We are using non-medical wellness products that have been significantly helping people with your condition. Let me know if you are open to trying them. Sincerely, Rob
New Durham, NH USA

Comments by Jim on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 04:58 IP Logged
Hello Laura, I've never written to anyone like this, author or otherwise, but for some reason, after seeing your interview, felt compelled to do so... You seem to epitomize the feeling that in certain people, the creative urges compel us to overcome tremendous obstacles. I wish I could write as well as you, I am trying but find that my creativity lies in my photography - I strive for pictures that, through composition & subject matter, communicate to people on an emotional level. My love for & pursuit of photography has had many obstacles, but none as overwhelming as the physical hurdles you have had to endure - obviously you are a determined woman with tremendous willpower! Such determination & relentless pursuit of ones dreams is to be admired! Okay, though sincere, this is beginning to sound like I'm laying it on a little thick! I don't want you to get a big head! ;-) If you would would like, I would love to keep in touch - I have this feeling we would have much to talk about - I've had horses most of my life and even 'used to' have a subscription to Equus! Perhaps I should renew it, huh?! Anyway, if you want a new friend to chat with - tough times as well as the good... I'd love to hear from you! Have you ever just encountered someone that you felt you already knew, but had never met before? I just did... Jim
Redwood City, Ca USA

Comments by howard tepper on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 04:27 IP Logged
Laura Thank you for a great book. I have been a horseracing fan for over 50 years and your book made me feel as though I were there watching the Biscuit run.Unfortunately I was too young when he was running and I saw Secretariat win his Belmont by the length of the stretch and I thought that was the greatest race I had ever seen but the description of the match race lets me feel that I have seen two of the greatest races ever run. I would hope that the film remains true to the book because your story is woven from love and a deep desire to portray the true story of Seabiscuit and his entourage.(I hope Tommy Lee is cast as Tom Smith-I kept seeing him in my minds eye as the actor to best depict this great trainer. Again-reading your book was like drinking a fine fine wine. Howard Tepper
nashville, tn USA

Comments by Dianne Self on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 03:01 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I read Seabiscuit a few months ago and absolutely loved it! I saw you on GMA today discussing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and wanted to ask you if you have been tested for lyme disease. My daughters have lyme disease and have had almost the same symptoms that you have. Most lyme tests are not very reliable so maybe you should see a doctor that specializes in it and who will know the tests to do, because it is treatable with antibiotics. After 3 years of treatment my older daughter is now in remission and has her life and much of her energy back. She was misdiagnosed with CFS and the other daughter (in another town at the time) was misdiagnosed with Epstein Barr, both with similar symptoms. Both girls were horseback riders and atheletes and evidently horses can carry ticks that carry lyme, which is in almost every state in the U.S. I personally have talked with people who have been misdiagnosed by such prestigious institutions as Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, so I hope you will pursue this avenue so that you can recover your strength and be able to write prolifically for the rest of the world's enjoyment for many years to come. Sincerely, Dianne Self
Euless, TX USA

Comments by Bonnie Gorman on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 02:17 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thanks for a great book. More importantly thanks for being such a thoughtful, articulate spokesperson for people with CFIDS/FM. Serendipity and perhaps providence thrust you into this role, but you have more than risen to the occasion and we are all so very grateful for your willingness to share your personal CFIDS story. Thanks so much from all of us with CFIDS/FM. Keep up the great work! Take special care, Bonnie Gorman Mass. CFIDS/FM Assoc.
Boston, MA USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 01:43 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: Many people have asked about why Seabiscuit's head does not appear on the cover of my book. Seabiscuit was a phenomenon not only in the sports world, but across the American culture. His story is not only one of a horse, but one of fascinating and complicated men who came from disparate walks of life to combine into a marvelous partnership. It is also a story of Depression-era America. The Random House art director chose the cover photo because, by focusing on the men in the winner's circle and the enormous crowd, it underscores the human aspect of this story. He wanted to be sure that people gave this book a chance, and didn't simply dismiss it as a "horse book." By having Seabiscuit's neck lead off the right side of the cover, I think he was also trying to lure readers inside. I agree that it is odd not to have the horse's head on the cover, and I had to think long and hard before I accepted it, but I think it was the right choice. The book went straight to number one on the New York Times best seller list and has remained on the list for six straight months; had only the equine-loving population read it, it would have sold only a few thousand copies and never approached the best seller list. In the end, I think not having the horse's head on the cover was, paradoxically, good for the horse, because it helped bring him and the wonderful men who handled him back into the American consciousness, which was my primary goal. I hope so!

Comments by D.Johnson on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 01:21 IP Logged
I saw you on the interview on Good Morning America, as a former sufferer of CFS, I found by taking garlic pills to stimulate my immune system, and liquid multi-vitamins such as Geritol or SSS Tonic and by cutting back on my schedule and taking extra naps, the symptoms are almost gone and I can lead a pretty normal life. I will also be looking into reading your book about Seabiscuit, as I love horse racing and saw quite a bit of it, being I grew up in NY near Belmont Racetrack. Best wishes and I hope your health improves.
China Grove, NC USA

Comments by Peg Kelley on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 01:15 IP Logged
I am drawing to the end of your extraordinary book and avoiding finishing it because I don't want it to end! You've rekindled my love for "horse stories" with which I was infatuated as a young girl. I have to reiterate the earlier comment - why in the world does your book's cover photo include the newsman and cut off Seabiscuit's head?? Seabiscuit is the one whose expression I wanted to see. Otherwise, a perfect book. Great job. Thank you. Peg
Boston, MA USA

Comments by Linda White on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 01:03 IP Logged
Your book was delightful! I felt that I was right on the race tracks watching each race, it was wonderful. I am a western rider and did not realize what the racing "world" was like. What a disappointment to read that I just missed your appearance on Good Morning America, is there a way to get a copy? I wish you the very best and hope to read more of your writings in the future.
Edwards, MS USA

Comments by Fran Rolfsen on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 00:58 IP Logged
I saw your interview on Good Morning America this morning with Dr. Snyderman. It was great and inspiring. Having Fibromyalgia and CFS myself for about 4 years now, it was wonderful having you describe the symptoms and how you feel so articulately. I cannot get the words out to "normal" people to express how I feel. I felt like saying to all those people who I've tried to explain how I feel to over the years, "See there! See there! THAT'S how I feel." My husband watched the interview with me and hopefully he can now understand a little better how I feel. We have three Arabian mares and they are my therapy.
Elizabeth, CO USA

Comments by TK on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 00:27 IP Logged
I am currently reading SEABISCUIT, and I fall more in love with this animal with each page I turn! I am interested in obtaining a poster of SEABISCUIT that is suitable for framing. If you, Ms. Hillenbrand, or anyone reading this email know where I may find a poster of this wonderful guy, please contact me! Thank You. TK

Comments by margaret paris-Medica health ca on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 00:26 IP Logged
Saw you on today, and though you may feel you have "heard it all". I would really like to speak to you regarding CFS. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Homeopath. There are a lot of suggestions for the treatment. The truth is in your sports history. I have helped most of the people who have come to see me. The important thing is for you to reassess your problem from a different angle. The answer is not in taking alot of supplements, Physical therapy, psyco therapy etc. I think I could direct you over the phone if you would like to give me a call.
brighton, mi USA

Comments by Bob Corbett on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 09:25 IP Logged
I just finished the book and had to add my congratulations and thanks for an excellent read - and I'm not even a "horse person"! My 82-year old mother, whose voracious reading usually only includes murder mysteries, liked it so much she read it twice. You done good.
Butte, MT USA

Comments by Renee Zito on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 08:13 IP Logged
Thank you so much for this wonderful book. I fell in love with this horse and everyone who loved him as well. It was exhilerating and I hated finishing the book. I only hope the motion picture can do justice to your marvelous book.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL USA

Comments by M. Matt Gomulak D.V.M. on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 04:13 IP Logged
Laura, I absolutely loved this book. Please please make the film industry take good care of Seabiscuit. I have one suggestion for the movie, if I may be so bold. If they are going to have a music during the match race, please think about the music at the beginning of the song, and you need to listen to it again and the then picture it in your head, use the beginning of the song by U2 "where the streets have no name". Thanks Matt
gainesville , tx USA

Comments by dominick on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 02:38 IP Logged
One of the best books I've ever read!! The races were described so well I felt like I was there watching them. When Seabiscuit retired it was very moving. What an excellent job! Let's hope the movie does justice to a fine book.
san francisco, ca USA

Comments by Lori on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 01:12 IP Logged
Laura, I absolutely loved the book, but one question/comment that hasn't been addressed (that I can see) in the other notes: why on earth does the cover photo cut off Seabiscuit's head??! I found that somewhat bizarre and annoying, particularly given that he's the main "player" in the story. Anyway, just my 2 cents worth...
Toronto, Canada

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 00:52 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: Good Morning America bumped me again! I am now slated to appear on Wednesday, August 29. Sorry to those who tuned in twice!

Comments by Joan Challinor on Monday, August 27, 2001 at 09:42 IP Logged
Dear Laura, In the late 1940's and 1950's, I was raising thoroughbreds and riding show horses in Buck's County, PA. I owned an Annapolis mare, who had several folds that went to the steeplechasing world. I enjoyed your book immensely and congratulate you on your superb writing skills and deep knowledge of the racing world. One thing I missed in your book was any mention Dr. Rile, the veterinarian from the Main Line outside Philadelphia, who I was told had been the lead veterinarian to care for Sea Bisquit's knees. Am I wrong about this? Again, congratulations on your splendid book. Joan Challinor
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Harry Mitchell on Monday, August 27, 2001 at 06:30 IP Logged
What an absolutely wonderful book! What an absolutely wonderful horse! I haven't just read about the world of racing - you have made me live it! Thank you. Should you ever decide to write a sequel, might I suggest a horse which captured my heart as a young lad - Native Dancer.
Olney, MD USA

Comments by Shelley Griffitts on Monday, August 27, 2001 at 06:27 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your amazing book! The stars aligned to allow me the great privilege of a wildly imaginative and thoroughly devoted father(some may say indulgent!), who recognized in a small child the unwaivering and overpowering love for horses. He started me off at the pony rides at age 2 and it exploded from there! As a 5 year old,we even visited the home farm of Needles, in Ocala, Florida. I was allowed to pat the great Needles and wouldn't wash my hands for days!!!! I even kept a scrapbook of race results and had posters of Secretariat as a teen. My life with horses been tremendously rewarding, I am so blessed. Until a month ago (when I purchased "Seabiscuit"), I thought "Misty of Chinchoteague","King of the Wind","Sea Star","Smoky",etc. were the best horse books I had ever read...but I do not ever remember reading ANY book that has given me goosebumps with every page!!!! Your book is one I shall treasure always...I recommend it every chance I get (on an airplane last weekend, several people asked me about it and I just wouldn't stop talking about it). I only wish my father were here to enjoy it as much as I! Thank-you for a brilliant gift to us all.
Lake Forest, IL USA

Comments by Rod Gillen on Monday, August 27, 2001 at 06:07 IP Logged
I work in the Guest Services dept. at Arlington Park, & we have received several requests from guests who read your book about the location of the mural you mention. Since the whole place burned down about 15 yrs. ago, we suspect that the mural went with it. Do you, or does your source, know any more? Thanks.
Mundelein, IL USA

Comments by Jean Korver on Monday, August 27, 2001 at 03:28 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Looks like I'm one of hundreds to add compliments on your book about Seabiscuit. I have wondered for many years why no one would profile this great horse and the magic of his cinderella-like life. Like many others who have written you I read about him as a young girl and have been fascinated with him ever since. You've accomplished what few writers dealing with true stories can - you've been factual in your writing and yet captured the magic, the empathy and the joy-sorrow aspect of this horse and those who were involved with him possessed. I bought the book instantly when I saw it on a book table in the lobby area at our Tulsa Barnes & Noble. Loved it and am so looking forward to the movie - I hope they let you advise freely! Keep writing - I'll keep reading! Jean Korver Broken Arrow, OK PS We subscribe to Equus and enjoy your articles there as well!
Broken Arrow, OK USA

Comments by eugene j bluto on Monday, August 27, 2001 at 02:01 IP Logged
DEAR LAURA, i just finshed your great book about Seabiscuit, and it was the best book about a horse that i ever read. the races were so real; like you were right there with the rider. and you made the characters seem so real also, which of course they were. i hope that the new movie that is being made will be as interesting as your book. Fond regards, gene bluto.
camillus , NY USA

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