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Comments by Dave Herrmann on Friday, March 23, 2001 at 01:50 IP Logged
What a wonderful book. I fell in love with Seabiscuit while reading it, and cried at the end. Thank you very much.
Warriors Mark, Pa. USA

Comments by Fran V Beutler on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 08:59 IP Logged
Thank you so much for writing a wonderfully engrossing book! A few weeks ago I had a 12 hour flight delay at the Las Vegas Airport and the good news is I had your book to read! I couldn't keep my nose out of it. You have a talent for weaving an intricate story and I hope you will pick another racehorse to write a book about soon. I am looking forward to your movie about Seabiscuit being released. Regards, Fran
San Jose, CA USA

Comments by Edie Sachs on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 07:48 IP Logged
Laura -- I haven't read your book yet but can't wait to get my hands on it. Too bad my birthday is still two months away and the paperback probably won't be out for a year or so! I wanted to tell you that I've read several newspaper articles describing your health problems, and you are an absolute inspiration to me. I don't have CFS, but suffer from periodic bouts of vertigo due to Meniere's disease (a chronic and incurable inner ear disorder). The vertigo and other physical symptoms associated with the disease sometimes make it very difficult to carry on a normal, fully functional life. Unlike many Meniere's sufferers, I'm lucky that I can (so far) hold down a full-time job and do most of the day-to-day things I need to do. The "bad days" (or weeks/months) feel like a never-ending physical endurance test, and it's a struggle just to accomplish the most basic requirements of daily life. I'm astounded by your towering achievement in the face of ever-present and severely debilitating illness. Without getting too melodramatic about it, you will henceforth be a positive example to me of courage, tenacity and the refusal to let our bodies gain the advantage over our hearts and minds in our quest to lead meaningful lives. The acclaim you're receiving for your book is your reward for hanging in there day after day, pushing the limits of your physical capabilities and refusing to quit. Thanks for setting up this Web site and making it possible to convey these comments to you. I look forward to writing in again after I've read your book!
Staten Island, NY USA

Comments by Bob Gagne on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 05:33 IP Logged
Hi, A wonderful book. I was amazed at the range of emotions I experienced while reading this book. The descriptions of Seabiscuit, his owner, trainers, and jockeys, were so clear I felt as though I knew them. One of the best books, fiction or non-fiction, I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I slowed my reading a great deal as the book drew to a close. I just didn't want it to end. Thank you for this great tribute to an amazing animal and his handlers.
Maplewood, MN USA

Comments by Clark Oliver on Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 04:13 IP Logged
Dear Laura: What a surprise it was to open the Washington Post and see a picture of someone you went to school with. I was touched by the story of your dream and all the challenges you had to face in achieving it. You seem to be BCC's Class of 1985's most famous person! I hope you have been able to overcome your CFS and are feeling better. Sincerely, Clark Oliver
Severn, MD USA

Comments by Bruce L. Mayers on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 04:46 IP Logged
Although an avid sports fan for all of my 70 years, I only attended the "flats" on one occasion and that was 50 years ago. Your wonderful tribute to Seabiscuit and his family was a pleasure to read. And, your comments and descriptions of the depression period were clearly prodigiously researched. Thanks for a perfect ride around the oval. I enjoyed it from wire to wire. Perhaps I will visit Belmont Park this Spring to complete the story. Coincidentally, your profile appeared in NEWSDAY today and I read it with much interest and admiration. Thank you and God Speed. Bruce L. Mayers
Sands Point, NY USA

Comments by Cecilia R Bishop on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 02:20 IP Logged
I just finished reading Seabiscuit and have fallen in love. I have no previous knowledge of horse-racing, horses or anything related to the field. My background is in biology, ecology and conservation. When I showed the book to my partner and told him that it would be my next purchase, he laughed because it was so atypical of what I usually read--nonfiction, but usually political, histories of countries, current events (events in Kosovo, Bosnia, Africa, etc.). I write this only to let you know what wide appeal your book has. Like so many others who have written, once I began, I couldn't stop reading--every spare minute immersing myself in the story. Your prose made that story come alive. I felt as if I was there watching every event that happened, every race, every triumph, every tragedy. I felt as if I came to know the Howards, Red Pollard, Tom Smith and, of course, Seabiscuit. And I cried at the end. I didn't want to say goodbye to "the greatest horse that ever lived." What a remarkable achievement and what a gift. Thank You.
Poway, Ca USA

Comments by David Plavin on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 00:58 IP Logged
A great story. Beautifully told.

Comments by chrisanna waldrop on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 05:49 IP Logged
Hi, I am very excited to read your book, after reading the profile about you inb the Post and all the excellent reviews your book has received. But I continue to be very puzzled by the fact that on the cover of the book, the photo cuts off the picture of the title character!! Why did you select a cover photo without the horse? It seems like a very odd choice. Thank you and good luck with the movie, etc. Chrisanna Waldrop
Santa Barbara, CA USA

Comments by Lucy Mondale on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 01:32 IP Logged
This book touched me in a way not many have. An incredible story, so well told. One question - why isn't Seabiscuit's head on the cover?
Reston, VA USA

Comments by Laura Hudson on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 00:23 IP Logged
I'm a bookseller at an indie bookstore in MA. I have been anxiously waiting for Seabiscuit to be published since I first got hold of a galley in September. You've written a wonderfully compelling, universally appealling book. I will take great pleasure in putting it into my customer's hands
Stockbridge, MA USA

Comments by John Day on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 09:58 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I was fortunate enough to have come across a copy of the bound galleys for your book Seabiscuit: An American Legend just before I took a trip to Rio de Janiero. I can't think of a better setting in which to read your fascinating book. You are to be commended for writing a book about horseracing that transcends the usual cliched pap. I sat on the terrace of a high-rise building in Ipanema, with the Atlantic ocean in front of me and a view of the Rio de Janiero Jockey Club off to my right while I read your book. Paradise, on many levels. I have recommended your book to about a dozen people, both in New York and Kentucky, and all of them have agreed to buy a copy. Your book deserves as wide an audience as possible. Toward that end, why not make the book into an ebook? If Random House is willing, converting your files into any of the fledgling ebook formats would be a simple process. There are precious few sports ebooks on the market and yours would be a welcome addition, since it is a well-written tale that just happens to feature a horse. All the best, and thanks for a timeless book about a timeless horse.
Forest Hills, NY USA

Comments by David R. Kruger on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 09:51 IP Logged
Seabiscuit is very entertaining. I do have a question though. In the description of Man o'War's sole loss, it is noted that it was coincidentally accomplished by "Upset" (p 35). I was under the impression that the sports term "upset" originated from that defeat. Is that not true? In any event, congratulations on this fine work.
Boston, MA USA

Comments by morris rosen on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 08:46 IP Logged
i'm enjoying reading seabiscuit, but i think the book would have been much more meaningful if you could have put seabiscuit's past performance charts in the notes. each race you describe would have then come alive with the chart,and a true appreciation for his accomplishments.
plymouth meeting, pa.,19426 USA

Comments by Janet G. McFeaters on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 07:05 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I discovered your book in the Arts and Entertainment section of the Miami Herald. I called our local bookstore immediately and was told it was jumping off the shelves. Congratulations. I started it yesterday and can't put it down. Beautifully written and because Red Pollard was my uncle, it has great historic interest for me and my children. I recall my visits to their "little" house in Pawtucket and the "scrawney" little man we called Uncle Red.Most of all I remember the wonderful stories my cousin (we knew her as Patty) would tell us while trying to fall asleep. Their little black cocker spaniel "Couger" taking up a vigil next to the bed where my sister lay ill with pneumonia. Since my daughter owned "Top of the News", great-grandaughter of Round Table we are most interested in learning more about the upcoming movie and will keep checking in with you. My mother Alice Conlon, Agnes' sister just passed away this past January. How I wish she had lived to read this wonderful chronicle of her sister and brother-in-law. Could you please provide me with some information on Norah (Patty) Christianson? Your book says she is a writer and our son Andrew is a writer currently working on his Phd in Scottish, Irish and English literature. Have to return to my book now. Can't put it down for long. Janet G. McFeaters
Vero Beach, FL USA

Comments by SueAnn Germani on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 05:15 IP Logged
What a fantastic book! While I have never been a fan of Throughbred racing, I have always been an avid lover of horses. Your book gave a very vivid picture of the abuse that horses as well as young children and adults endured in this country at the hands of some very sick minded people. It was a great history lesson as well as an interesting look at a sport that I have not held in the highest esteem. I will however, be the first to stand in line for tickets to the movie! Let's hope you are a part of the screen writing. Excellent job!
Elkridge, MD USA

Comments by Lynda Sheldon on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 03:19 IP Logged
What a fabulous read--and so much more than a book about a horse! This one is for those who love thrills conjured up by the written word, a vivid portrait of America during the late 30's and what real heroes are all about. Are there any plans for racetrack events honoring "Seabiscuit"? Is there any way that I could see newsreels of this wonderful horse in action? I want to read more of your work...are you still writing for Equus? Thanks for a truly marvelous reading experience. I'm spreading the word.
Berkeley, CA USA

Comments by Joe Milam on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 03:17 IP Logged
I have been looking for 'Come on Seabisquit' for years for my kids to enjoy. Finding your book, I read it in an evening, and it was better than my memories of 'Come on Seabisquit'.
Roseville, CA USA

Comments by Steve Loring on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 02:37 IP Logged
Have ordered the book. but your website colors: blue/black - this old "seabiscuit" had trouble reading the various sites. too late to change?
Duxbury, ma USA

Comments by john lacy on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 09:46 IP Logged
Congratulations on your work, which will undoubtedly bring non-horse fans to the raw pure wonderful world of horseracing. Too many folks haven't experienced falling in love with the heart and spirit of certain of these animal/athletes. Thanks for transporting this late blooming aficionado back to the mythic world of an unlikely hero.
Kerrville, tx USA

Comments by Robert Montano on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 08:39 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I was very excited to read your article in todays Daily News. I am certainly going to buy your book. I am an ex-jockey due to mothernature, and since an accomplished actor on the silver screen, tv, and broadway muscials. I was also invited by the tv program 20/20 Downtown last year along with the late Chris Antely to discuss weight problems among jockey's. I use to ride at Aqueduct, Belmont, with Angel Cordero Jr., Stevie Cauthen, and other wonderful riders across the nation. I so look forward to your book becoming a movie, and I know this sounds very forward of me, but I would love to be apart of the film. Purely because it deals with such a great horse and because I know that language. I started on the track when I was ten at Belmont. I had two cousins that were jockeys and both were killed in races. If you'd like to get in touch with me sooner you can reach me at # 212-787-3513 or you can call my agent at Cornerstone Talent # 212-807-8344. Thank you and I look forward to reading your words.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Christian M. Rastetter on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 06:12 IP Logged
Please let me know if your book is coming out on tape.
Mahopac, NY USA

Comments by Robert Neely on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 05:59 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand Today I acquired your new book on Seabiscuit. I am 77 and remember some of the publicity about this horse in the 1930's. My interest and appreciation for this excellent book is primarily one, my mother's cousin, Judith Barrett,an actress during this period, was married to Chas Howard, Jr., and two, my father had owned some pacers and loved to follow Seabiscuit,s carrer. You made reference to Chas. Jr. on page 10 in the book but none to Ms. Barrett. I realize this book is about Seabiscuit and rightly so. However if in your research you found any info about this couple that would be of interest to a distant relative I would greatly appreciate knowing of it. I plan to obtain copies of the book for each of my children and would like to pass on any tidbits you might have regarding these people. Congratulations for recording this great bit of American history. I am enjoying the book immensely and am looking forward to the movie. Robert Neely NBobJen@AOL.COM
Houston , Tx. USA

Comments by tom ernhart on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 05:09 IP Logged
I am a 44 year old man and remember reading about Seabiscuit in my younger days. I boughtyou book and am reading it.I seem to remember a horse witn the nickname oldbones or olebones and was wondering if it was Seabiscuit or another horse.Just getting to where the three main characters get together so wil work on finishing it. Thanks for bringing back memories. TOM
osceola, ar USA

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