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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

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 04:31 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: For those of you who are interested, ABC's Good Morning America show will be airing a lengthy profile of Seabiscuit and me on the morning of Friday, August 24. Tune in! Thanks for all your support!

Comments by Heather Henderson on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 00:50 IP Logged
I absolutely loved your book. I have not read a novel in over 8 years (since giving birth to my son), and this one I could not put down! Read 'til into the night. I am so captivated by SEABISCUIT and want to read/know more about him. What a sweet story, and you have done a supurb job of telling his tale. Thanks for doing such a great job. I cannot wait until the movie comes out! Call me forever a Seabiscuit Fan!
St. Ann, MO USA

Comments by judith on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 00:03 IP Logged
Wow!!! I don't ride, but do go to the track a few times a year. This was better than any mystery I've read and want to thank you for the pleasure of being introduced to Seabiscuit. Stay close to that movie to make sure they follow your story. I'll wait for it. Judy
East Quogue, NY USA

Comments by Mark Roessel on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 09:41 IP Logged
I admit that I had no intention of reading your book. My sister-in-law sent it to me for my birthday with a cryptic note that she remembered me talking about horse racing when we were on vacation in 1981. I did not remember the conversation (no surprise) and although there was a time when I did occasionally go to the race track, I stopped going years ago. So I was surprised at this gift and thought to myself, well at least it's not a shirt or tie that I would never wear. I try to read for pleasure but am afraid I don't have much time for it. The last book I had read was Founding Brothers by Ellis (a truly brilliant work). Before that I had read "U.S. Grant's memoirs", "Churchill" by Martin Gilbert and "No Ordinary Time" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. A book about a horse was not high on my reading list and the book sat for some time in my den. One nite when I thought I might enjoy a change and had some time after finishing the paper I picked up Seabiscuit. I read it straight through. Now, I am taking the time to write just to say; Nice Work, I enjoyed Seabiscuit thoroughly. As well written and researched as any other book that I have read.
Cambridge, MA USA

Comments by bill steen on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 08:20 IP Logged
Bravo Ms. Hillenbrand and long live Seabiscuit.
crofton, md USA

Comments by Chris Peart on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 07:07 IP Logged
Dear Laura and fellow readers, I feel that "Seabiscuit" captures all of the great things we know about racing; and reminds us of all those we forgot. What other sport gives us crooked-legged heroes? What other animal transcends social class like a racehorse does? One of the greatest poets my country has produced; A.B. Patterson, put it this way: "There are a great many things in life that cannot be explained, and a great racehorse is one of them." How true, when we reflect on the career and the begetting of Seabisucuit. There was a similar style of horse that was bred and trained in New Zealand a few years back by the name of Rough Habit. He came to Australia 6 seasons on end and was simply too good for our best horses. He carried big weights and won on right and left-handed tracks in wet and on hard tracks over distances from 6 to 12 furlongs. Reading "Seabisucuit" reminds me alot of watching Rough Habit race. Perhaps Rough Habit's only poor run was when he was placed at the tail of the field in the Hollywood Gold Cup the year Best Pal won; in about 1993, I think. He just didn't like your American horses kicking dirt in his face. On turf, maybe it would have been another story, but he did his best anyway. Congratulations to Laura, and I look forward to the movie with great anticipation. Maybe Rough Habit could star as The Biscuit? You'd have to paint over his crooked blaze... Regards, Chris Peart.
Bolton Point, NSW Australia

Comments by Dick & Carol Carlson on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 04:14 IP Logged
Laura: I bought this book for my husband's 76th birthday --he's an avid horserace person. I saw you on "The Early Show" about this book and FLIPPED, because I knew he would think this the best gift EVER! Little did I know that I too would read, with excitement, the book as well. Reading the accounts of the races themselves was as thrilling as being there in person. Knowing the stories behind Seabiscuit's owner, trainer, and jockeys enhanced the story three-fold. We are telling everyone we know to BUY this BOOK and enjoy your stunning writing abilities. Thank you! :-)
Vancouver, WA USA

Comments by Steve Bland on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 03:29 IP Logged
I may read one book in 5 years, but your book on Seabiscuit I had trouble puttingdown. What a fantastic story. Do you know when the movie is planned to be finished? Thank you for such good writing on such a grat subject. Steve frm Ct.

Comments by Bill Brinson on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 03:17 IP Logged
Laura: The book was wonderful. My father was a jockey who was starting his career in the same timeframe as the book. I later grew up around the racetrack when he retired from racing to become a outrider then a track official. Reading your book was like being back at the racetrack of my youth hearing all the stories of the horses and meeting all the wonderful characters. After reading the book I bought a copy for my father and told him there was not a better place to grow up than around the racetrack. Thanks again.
Edwardsville, Il. USA

Comments by Jane McKeel on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 03:03 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I belong to a reading group that meets once a month at our local library to discuss a book of our choice.This month we meet on August 28 to discuss SEA BISCUIT.I cannot express adequately how much I enjoyed your book.I will be singing your praises every chance I get. I would be thrilled if you would send me an E-Mail to share with the group concerning you and SEA BISCUIT. Whatever Thank You! Best Wishes! Jane Mckeel 1109 S. Ricky Rd. Kennett,MO 63857
Kennett, MO USA

Comments by Gloria O'Donohoe on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 at 02:46 IP Logged
Unamious!! our senior citizen book club loved the book. Outstanding writing and a story we could all relate to in some way as we were all alive when the Buiscuit was. Our club likes to know more about our authors and I am writing to ask if you could tell us some more about you. When did you get interested in horses? Is some on in your family in the business? Do you ride? Any anything else you would share with us to truly complete the picture. Sorry most of us missed the interview on Book Notes and hope they will do it again. It would be great if they could send a tape around to the book clubs. I personally want to comment on how warm, and impressed I was with the way you thanked all the people you interviewed. I felt like I was right there with you. I have one question. How did Seabiscuit get his name? How are names picked for race horses? This will be on our top ten list for years to come. Thank you for writing it and thank your family for supporting you. Gloria O'Donohoe
Burbank , CA USA

Comments by Arla Altman on Monday, August 20, 2001 at 05:39 IP Logged
It will be hard to top this story! I am in awe of your extensive research and how you wove it together into a true spellbinding tale. I am a fan of Saratoga Race Course and couldn't stop thinking about all the horses that race throughout America and end their careers, shall we say, unceremoniously. What really made this book was the human devotion and love for the horse, his achievements being secondary. And his effect on those close to him - giving them hope, amusement and affection. Even if Seabiscuit hadn't won Santa Anita, I imagine Howard would have retired the horse to the same high quality of life on his ranch. I am so glad this horse that worked so hard for its owners was treated with dignity. Thank you for memorializing one of the greats.
Ellicott City , MD USA

Comments by patricia m. geary on Monday, August 20, 2001 at 03:36 IP Logged
Laura, I have just read every single comment. My you must be absolutely overwhelmed by the out pouring of peoples love for you, your body of work and The Biscuit and his world... I can not begin to express my awe at your devotion in creating this masterpiece. This a is a subject I know nothing about. My relatonship with anything "horsey" is riding the Up Country in Maui on vacation...and one horse race 25 years ago.. I opened your book and I left this earthly bound, traveled the trains and felt the mudon my face, heard the clacking on the tracks, felt the pain and guilt of keeping secrets, frustrated by countless set backs and then the electric rush and he thrill of winning. I was there, it was magical, I saw it all,heard the roaring cheers an tasted the champagne. You will win that ole' Pulitzer, You have arrived and to be reckon with !!!!!
Crockett, CA United States of America

Comments by Carole Hughes on Monday, August 20, 2001 at 02:30 IP Logged
Ms. Hildenbrand, I am only about 100 pages into your most wonderful book, but I absolutely love it. I was born in 1937 and at the age of nine in January 1946, my family and I visited Ridgewood in Willits, CA and had the great pleasure of actually seeing Seabiscuit at his final home. As I began to read your book, I realized that I had an old photo of myself taken at Ridgewood. It means so much more to me now. I can't wait to continue my journey through your book and I will be sad when the story has ended. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful trip into the life of a wonderful racehorse and all those people who made his life so special and helped him reach his potential.
Alexandria, VA USA

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