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Comments by Phil Hey on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
Laura -- I second everyone's comment about how moving the book is. u I'm writing to praise your writing in particular. I've been a writer, editor and teacher of writing for 30 years, and your style is outstanding. I aprpeciate how careful you are with the energy of language in the high-tension passages (e.g., describing the races) but also with the careful and quiet sentences you often use to close sequences. I'll recommend this book highly (and that's a recommendation I'm stingy with).
Sioux City, IA USA

Comments by Sandra on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 01:40 IP Logged
You are a strong woman Laura Hillenbrand. Your body may be weak but you are strong. I admire your picture in the summer CFIDS Chronicle. It is a picture of a strong, determined woman who has fought many battles. Not all the battles have been won, but she keeps on fighting. I see a tough warrior. As a woman with CFIDS for 10 years, I bought your book today to give you my support. I understand and admire your reasoning for writing Seabiscuit. There was a big price to pay but it had to be done. I admire your resolve and am strengthened by your quest. Fight On. Sandra Just thought you should know: I purchased your book at Borders Bookstore in Milpitas, California. I was surprised to find Seabiscuit in the game section next to puzzle and poker books. Borders had labeled your book "handicapping": as in an instructional book for betting on horse races. I brought this to the attention of the store manager and he promised to correct the error by putting your book in the sports section. CFIDS problem: I can relate to your intense vertigo. I have been dealing with a similar problem for the past year. My ENT doctor and I believe that my vertigo is partially hormone related. My vertigo gets worse once a month and my menstrual cycle started to change when the vertigo began. I am 42 years old. The ENT doctor recommended that I eliminate extra salt from my diet. His reasoning was that I had too much fluid in my inner ear. Usually a hormone regulates fluid level in the inner ear but that system wasn't working very well in my inner ear. I have seen some improvement in my vertigo since eliminating extra salt 3 months ago. The irony is that for years I have been adding salt to everything because my CFIDS doctor and research had shown that salt helped with CFIDS by increasing blood volume.
USA

Comments by Frank Canonico on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 01:03 IP Logged
Hello, I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book alot. I was also amazed at the amount of research that went into the making of your book. I am an 84 year old man and I actually rememeber when Seabiscuit ran. I have also been extremely interested in horses my whole life and cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your book. If you could provide me with your postal mail address, I would like to write you a more detailed letter by hand. I am not familiar with the computer. My address is 419 Maple Avenue Westmont, NJ 08108. Thank you very much, Sincerly Frank Canonico
Westmont, NJ USA

Comments by Brian on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 09:18 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Just a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed your book. We liked it so much, in fact, that we have highlighted it on our website, www.globalprovince.com, under "Gods, Heroes, and Legends."
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Comments by Anita L. Rice on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 08:37 IP Logged
I just read the chapter about the War Admiral/Seabiscuit race last night...I never want this book to end...I absolutely love it. I'm not reading your other guest's comments because I don't want to know what happens next.
Dayton, oh usa

Comments by Elsa L. Fridl on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 04:26 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Your book is one of the best books I've ever read. I could not get over the way you weaved the details of how Howard, Smith and Pollard met, and how that era was the perfect time for Seabiscuit to emerge. I laughed ("You can't buy that kind of advertising") and cried (when Woolf died) and generally, felt like I was there, among the characters, living their experiences as they happened. While I am an equestrian, I knew little of horse racing except the Triple Crown races -- I appreciated your attention to detail in explaining so many details. You are truly a phenomenal story teller. I understand that writing the book was all the more challenging due to your health...and just like Seabiscuit, you overcame that obstacle; the book is your trophy for all that you withstood. Thank you for Seabiscuit. I will cherish it always.
Silver Spring, MD USA

Comments by Karen Nyere on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 03:52 IP Logged
P.s. My e-mail. Karen
Alexandria, VA USA

Comments by Karen Nyere on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 03:42 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I am finishing "Seabiscuit" and am so move and inspired by your wondrous book that I am moved to write you before I am even done reading it! I am also moved by your personal battle with CFS. The Seabiscuit theme and CFS seem to complement one another for me. I, too, was a sufferer of CFS for about 5 years. I live in Alexandria and got it there. I went through all the rigamarole with docs and others, too. My husband was an Army officer so we found ourselves in Germany in the early 90's. There I found out about an extract from the thymus glands of calves used for chemotherapy patients. (After reading the guestbook, I know this sounds like yet another cure, believe me this is only a suggestion.) It was sold over the counter at the pharmacies there as "Wobemogus". I took it for one month and was cured. THis particular product no longer exists under the "Wobemogus" name, but I understand is in another formulation under another name. If the gods visit us through illness as Carl Jung says, I say it's one hell of a stopover and it ain't for the meek. I know you are on your heroic path and I can only applaud your process and achievement not only in writing this book but in living your life the best way you know how with this challenge. I applaud your great heart. I am a choreographer and dancer, among other things. I dance again today, achey joints and all and after several years hiatus. Seabiscuit and Red Pollard definitely resonate with me. I send you hope, prayers for healing and miracles. You have touched my heart. If you ever feel strong enough, let me take you on a magical walk through the wetland of Huntley Meadows where I volunteer. Karen Nyere
USA

Comments by Matt Billingsly on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 03:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I could not have been less interested in horses or horse racing until I read your book. Now I'm chomping at the bit to get down to Santa Anita next month to see my first race! Forget Harry Potter. All of my friends and I are Seabiscuit crazed! Part of the credit, of course, must go to Howard, Smith, Pollard, Woolf and Seabiscuit, but a hefty portion must go to you for bringing this story to the public's attention and for telling it with such charm, wit, and passion. Your book is an unforgettable gem. I didn't want it to end, which is probably the highest compliment one can pay to an author. I know I'll be rereading it soon and accepting every opportunity to give it as a gift to my friends and family. P.S. - I work for Warner Bros. and I'm so disappointed that Universal is developing the book and not us! It's going to make an incredible movie.
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Jane Decoteau on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 03:02 IP Logged
Good Morning Laura, I just returned from Libby Pataki's Women in Racing Breakfast at the Executive Mansion in Albany, NY. Your cousin did a great job but I wish you could have been there yourself although the video was great. When we spoke early in the summer about you coming to Saratoga I felt so bad that your health didn't allow you to get the much deserved recognition through public appearances. When I got the invitation for the breakfast honoring you I was so hopeful I would get to meet you. I was so hopeful that you could attend. I know you were there in spirit and I want to congratulate you on being the 2001 Distinguished Woman in Racing. Your book holds a special place on my "read over again" shelf at home and today they gave away copies of it so I have one for our office lending library. It is a "must read" for everyone! I wish you all the best. Jane Decoteau, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Comments by Roxanne on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 01:49 IP Logged
I finished your book and found it wonderful. I had heard about it from the National Public Radio discussion of new books. I went to our library and got it was and I am so glad I did. It is a wonderful story. The ending, especially about Red Pollard, was sad. I'm sure he would have preferred to die like his friend Woolf did - on a hourse, on a track, doing what he loved to do and what he did best. You could definitely tell you loved your subject matter which just added to the enjoyment of reading the book. There were times, you just couldn't keep the exuberance out of your words. Cool. I've always loved stories about horses and dogs. This is a keeper and I will be going back to buy it to add it to my personal library. Thanks.
USA

Comments by mary s on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 00:43 IP Logged
Brilliant book. There really isn't much else to say that already hasn't been said here, except I think "Seabiscuit, An American Legend" deserves the Pulitzer prize for literature. It was an honor to read such a wonderful, amazing book about extraordinary people and of course, "The Biscuit" himself, I wish I could have jumped into the book and given him a big hug and a lump of sugar.
Vancouver, wa USA

Comments by Fran Kras on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 00:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have been in love with horses since my father first took me to the track when I was little girl. I wanted to be a jockey. I was well over 5' tall by the time I was in the 5th grade. Not since spending an entire summer reading Walter Farley's Black Stallion series have I been so engrossed in a "horse" book. I didn't think that as an adult I would ever feel that way about horse story again. Thank you. I've relived my childhood, felt the power of Seabiscuit and wait with an- ticipation (much like I did when I wrote Walter Farley) for a response from you. That letter from Mr. Farley is still around somewhere. I'm going home tonight to find it. Thanks for a really magical visit with a miraculous horse. Fran Kras
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by Steven McMacken on Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 06:54 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I know very little about horse racing. (In fact, I've attended only one race in my 56 odd years and, naturally, lost $2 betting on the favorite.) But what you have done with your book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" is nothing short of miraculous. You have brought Seabiscuit back to life. In my home I have a special bookcase that contains a dozen or so books that over the years have meant the most to me. They include Alfred Lansing's "Endurance," "Son of the Morning Star" by Evan Connell, "And The Band Played On" by Randy Shilts, "Lucy" by Donald Johanson and Maitland Edey, "The West Ridge" by Thomas Hornbein and "A Bright Shining Lie" by Neil Sheehan. Your book now rests on that shelf. Oh, and the horse race I attended? It was 1973, the racetrack Saratoga and a horse named Onion beat a horse named Secretariat.
Bainbridge Island, WA USA

Comments by matthew bloomfield on Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 06:43 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I saw the spread "Leading on the Backstretch' in the recent Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin (somehow not the cover story), and as a Kenyon College grad(English '82) and writer myself, I'd like to commend you on your remarkable achievement. Researching, penning and selling such a stunning first full-length book success is hugely impressive in its own right, and adding to the mix the fact that you've suffered from debilitating CSF for many years...well, you're awesome. Is that Kenyon ivy in the background of your cover photo? :-D
Cincinnati, OH USA

Comments by Luke Kruytbosch on Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 02:43 IP Logged
I'm the track announcer at Churchill Downs ,Ellis Park and Turf Paradise(and was formally at Hollywood Park).Grew up in McLean,Va. Loved the book,especially the Joe Hernandez and Clem McCarthy references.I read it all in between race calls at Ellis.......
Louisville, ky USA

Comments by tim rohner on Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 01:31 IP Logged
what a great book. an incredible story. i look foward to your next book. i did not want to see micheal jordon come back but after reading about seabiscut and pollard's comeback for the s.a. handicap, i hope m.j. comes back too. what an incredible story. tim rohner
corona, ca. USA

Comments by Diane Bonar on Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 00:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura, What a wonderful book! Ring Lardner and Sheherazade (I know, and apologies for misp.) are cheering you on! As a CFS person I know your struggle, congratulations for persevering. There is a horse going across England right now in an effort to educate people about the disease. With education and awareness, perhaps we will see more effort toward a cure. Look forward to seeing you on GMA. Keep going, we are all rooting for you!
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by Susan McFeatters on Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 00:53 IP Logged
I'd read the rave reviews of your book thinking I 'd check it out of the library when all the fuss died down. Then, three days after I was diagnosed with CFS, my sister-in-law in Washington said, "You know the author of 'Seabiscuit'' lives in Washington and has CFS, too." I tracked down the Washington Post and USToday articles and decided anyone who could accomplish what you did deserves my support. I bought the book and now am trying very hard not to devour it in great big gulps. What a dilemma! You've written both a page-turner and a story to savor. As a newcomer to the world of CFS, I'd stand -- if I had the energy -- in honor of your achievement.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Victor J Cozzetti on Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 00:31 IP Logged
I was just a youngster but remember my father speaking of the Biscuit. I've covered Longacres and Emerald Downs for 31 years. Have owned and syndicated horses since 1981. I have had aradio show covering horse racing for 31 years. I've written a handicap column for 19 years,AKA Victor The Predictor. I worked with Tina at Longacres prior to it's closing. What this amounts to is, that I've never read anything so beautifully done and researched. I had trouble putting it down. The language so backstretch, frontside etc. Everyone in our press box has read it and loved it. I must say mine was a gift from a client. I vaguely remember reading something about the Biscuit years ago, but this story as written by you brought out the truth. Thank you very much, you're the best turf writer I've ever had the privledge of reading. Victor The Predictor Cozzetti
Kent, wa USA

Comments by Jayne Munoz on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 09:55 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I finished your wonderful book last night in bed. I turned off the light. My husband turned to me and asked me if my sniffles were the beginning of a cold. I said "No ... Seabiscuit died." Waaahh !!! You have written a beautiful book. You have done a masterful job of delineating all of the personalities involved .. right down to laid-back Seabiscuit. I have enjoyed reading all the comments in this guestbook, and really can't add anything original. My entire family has read this book and I will continue to recommend it. Congratulations on a well-deserved success. Jayne Munoz Fairfax, VA
Fairfax, VA USA

Comments by Sarina Stokes on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 07:14 IP Logged
I have been moved from tears to laughter, this book about a special little horse and the coming together of lives at a certain point to create a legend has been read by myself 3 times in two weeks. I will now come to America and try to get out to the Ridgewood farm and the race tracks where Red, Woolf, Howard, Smith and The Biscuit lived a brief period of there lives. Thanks to them for creating a story that is truly a show of courage and faith, I wish I had been there to reach out and touch the Biscuit or maybe he has reached out and touched me.
London, England

Comments by Sarina Stokes on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 07:12 IP Logged
I have been moved from tears to laughter, this book about a special little horse and the coming together of lives at a certain point to create a legend has been read by myself 3 times in two weeks. I will now come to America and try to get out to the Ridgewood farm and the race tracks where Red, Woolf, Howard, Smith and The Biscuit lived a brief period of there lives. Thanks to them for creating a story that is truly a show of courage and faith, I wish I had been there to reach out and touch the Biscuit or maybe he has reached out and touched me.
London, England

Comments by Rich Ruttenberg on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 04:34 IP Logged
Thank you so much--you have written a tremendous book, one of the finest I've read in as long as I can remember. I, too, loved the Black Stallion novels when I was a kid, but this was like the experience of reading all the most astounding parts of those books in one incredible story. It is so brilliantly researched and written--there isn't a moment when you don't feel completely involved. I can't remember another work of non-fiction (or even fiction, come to think of it) that produced the strong emotions that your book did--I lost count of the number of times I teared up. I stopped reading the book a couple of times this summer and read other books so that I wouldn't finish it too fast, and I've recommended it to everyone I know. What an accomplishment. I can't imagine that anyone could read this and not have their life touched by the fascinating and heroic people involved, and of course that incredible horse. Congratulations on a brilliant achievement.
Studio City, CA USA

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