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Comments by Joan Byrne on Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 00:00 IP Logged
Now I'm reading it again! I'm savoring the terrific lines like "Even at a standstill, he was a glittering thing," A stunning description of War Admiral. Marvelous writing!
La Canada, CA USA

Comments by Mary Beth Regan on Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 07:05 IP Logged
What a book!!! Like many others who have written to you, I feel like I was on the Biscuit for his races. I grew up with show horses (hunters & jumpers)as I grew to be much too tall to be a jockey but you rbookmade me feel like I rode him. I too cried at the description of the race with War Admiral and again when he and POllard came back to win the Santa Anita. Thank you for sharing this truly special horse and his team with us.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Jacqueline Nelson on Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 04:09 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I enjoyed reading Seabiscuit more then I can express, but who approved the book jacket? Where is Seabiscuit? The jacket is a disservice to you,the book and especially to dear Seabiscuit. Rospectfully, Jacqueline Nelson
Yorktown Heights, NY USA

Comments by Ellen Atwood on Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 02:38 IP Logged
Thank you for not only a wonderful story about an amazing horse and three unusual fellows, but also, and especially, for being an articulate, dignified, and highly qualified spokesperson for the reality of CFS. Like you, I've had "it" since 1987. . .the unwelcomed 14th anniversary is later this month of August. Also like you, I've tried to keep going and do something to maintain a connection to the world, to use the parts that still work on a regular-enough basis to reap that most important nostrum for an incurable illness, a sense of purpose. Unlike you, none of my efforts have turned into a national sensation!:) So a really big huzzah to you for doing all of the above!! Well, maybe not the CFS part, but for using your own talent and the somewhat questionable gifts provided by a nasty disease to such good effect. Loved that line about life needing to be something more than "lying around metabolizing" (please pardon the paraphrase, the meaning was and is perfectly clear to me!) I know enough about horses to tell a pony from a thoroughbred, the differences between a stallion, gelding, and mare, rode on my uncles' farms in Idaho on summer vacations, and took some pretty good pictures of a Paint with blue eyes this summer when my granddaughter (11) had a week at horse camp. Given that background, you'll probably understand this comment -- when I looked at the pictures of Seabiscuit in the book, I couldn't see the crooked legs or the short tail -- just saw a glossy horse who looked like he could run! Or maybe that's just the effect of reading your wonderful story, looking at Seabiscuit through the eyes of those who believed in him.
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by Jeanne K. King on Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 02:36 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I live in Willits, not far from the Ridgewood Ranch. I go to Howard Memorial Hospital when I need emergency care or medical tests. The hospital is a boone to this small rural community. I know Dr. Babcock's daughter. I am a teacher at Willits High School and I am interested in using your book in my curriculum for the coming year. Your book is wonderfully written, is historical writing, and about the local history of my town. I think your book would be a sure winner with my 12th grade English students. The story of Seabiscuit's will and determination, his never say die attitude would be a good message for my 12th grade students. The connection to local history and the connection to sports would really pull my students in. What I need to know, is if there is a discount to educational institutions for multiple copies of the book and how I connect with that source? I would be glad to share with you, how my use of the book went. As you know, Ridgewood Ranch has changed alot since the days of the Howards and Seabiscuit. Every time I drive by now, I wish it was the way it was and that I could take my students to visit Seabiscuit's grave and tour the Howard's house as it was. Please reply, and let me know if I can obtain multiple copies of the book for educational purposes. Thank you. And thank you for a wonderful summer reading experience.
Willits,, CA USA

Comments by Nancy Searles on Saturday, August 04, 2001 at 01:51 IP Logged
I am a slow reader and rarely finish a book. I could not put SEABISCUIT down. I don't know when, if ever, I have enjoyed a book more than this one. When I finshed it I wanted to find you, Laura, to thank you for this moving experience. I am 73 years old and have my own Paso Fino Horses. I started when I was 59 and have my own story to tell, but am not a writer. If only I could write half as well as you do. I may give it a try anyway. Several of my non-horse friends insisted I read SEABISCUIT; one does not have to love horses to love your book!
Brevard, NC USA

Comments by Joseph Sencen on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 08:41 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thanks for Seabiscuit the book and all of the ephemera which made it so entertaining and educational. My vocabulary increased as well as my knowledge of horses and the horse racing business. As a 'crazy chemistry teacher' I would gladly welcome the oppotunity to play the part of the Frank Hawley. He was a true alchemist. Just a side story... my dad used to go to Yonkers Raceway. When he came home, he'd tell us stories of how he would hang out after the races and help the jockeys. One of them was Red Pollard. They'd never eat, just drink. I am presently writing sports articles for a local newspaper. I'd love to do a story on horses but I need more expertise. Could you point me in the right dierction so that I can pursue a story that tells local folks what horses are all about? You are a PRO! Joe Sencen
Somers, NY USA

Comments by arthur einstein on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 08:18 IP Logged
My son graduated in '94 not '54. Another senior moment!
katonah, ny USA

Comments by arthur einstein on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 08:15 IP Logged
I think what writers need most is to know they are loved, and you obviously are. "Seabiscuit" is not only a great, great American story, it is beautifully told ... a real page turner I'd been meaning to buy, picked up in an airport, and couldn't put down. The book touches my life in a couple of other ways. I'm a great fan of Kenyon, your alma mater, from which my son graduated in '54 (got this URL from the profile of you in the current Alumni Review). And, early on, reading the book, it dawned on me that Charles Howard was the owner of a spectacular Murphy-bodied Buick that is being restored by a close friend. Great coincidences that made the book personally meaningful. It's hard to convey how much I enjoyed the book. Congratulations on a really spectacular achievement.
katonah , ny USA

Comments by MajGen, USAF(ret) Stan Newman on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 07:17 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I just finished your superlative book. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. The real life drama of that wonderful horse and the people around him is better than fiction. During the 1930s, when I was a small boy, we lived near the Arlington racetrack. Though I never saw Seabiscuit, I did see the great Equipoise run a match race there. I, too, was caught up in the nation's love affair with Seabiscuit and we all listened to his victory over War Admiral. Thanks for giving me the insight into th art of training and riding those thoroughbreds and for giving me a time warp back into those remarkable days. Please write more on the racing sport. Sincerely, Stan Newman
OklaCity, OK USA

Comments by Tom & Cyn McCrystal on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 05:59 IP Logged
Thank you for an extremely enjoyable book and slice of history. Your research and the weaving of the resulting tale is just great... and as an owner of horses (show not racing) I felt you provided a perfect mix of horsey and non-horsey stuff. Everyonne should enjoy your work.
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Comments by Suzanne Johnson on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 05:56 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I've been reading the comments posted here, and it seems that your superlative book has inspired many of the writers to eloquence. All the praise they've lavished upon you and your wonderful book goes double for me. I checked Seabiscuit out of my local library, but it's clear I'm going to have to buy my own copy, so I can enjoy it again and again and again. It is one of finest works I have ever read, and like a street-corner preacher, I'm exhorting everyone I know to pick it up for themselves. Just excellent stuff. That you wrote this masterpiece while coping with such a debilitating illness makes your story especially poignant. You are every bit as brave as the heroic Red Pollard and the great-hearted Seabiscuit. Thank you for giving me so many enjoyable hours in a world long gone.
Lake Oswego, OR USA

Comments by Peter Weaver, Kenyon '50 on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 04:32 IP Logged
Dear Laura-- I read your book and couldn't put it down on into the night. My wife had the same experience. I graduated in 1950 and, after majoring in english, worked as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Kenyon gave me an enormous appetite for writing. Then, Business Week, foreign correspondent, Forbes Washington bureau chief and now my own journalism business writing for all sorts of magazines. I had tears running down my face when I read the story about you in the Bulletin. When all else seem to be going bad, I, too, find writing to be the greatest thing in the world--actually, another world. God bless you. I see that we are neighbors (we're about 10 minutes from the American University area. I know you are pretty much house bound, but if there is any way we could meet, I would love to talk to you. Did you know Kenyon had an actual "horse show" down at the end of that road by the Weaver Cottage (named after my father Robert, A. Weaver, a grad and long-time trustee). My brother Bob (also Kenyon grad) and I owned a racehorse, War Courier (descendent of Man O War) who ran at Charlestown. Cheap claimer. We sold him to a man who trained him as a jumper and used him in the Potomac Hunt. The guy died and donated WC (we called Wacky) to the the Park Police where he had a long and distinguished career. Keep it up. I can't wait to read your next book. Peter Weaver, Kenyon 50
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Lori Keener on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 03:08 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, My family thanks you and my boss thanks you for not making this fascinating book any longer! I want to thank you for such a masterpiece. As I gave myself over to this mesmerizing story, I realized that this book is like lace - wondrous as much for what it contains as for what's left out of it. It would have been easy to sidetrack this riveting story with more information about the Howards' and their family dynamics; or about Red Pollard and the other jockey's off-track lives; or about Tom Smith's personal life. But like Seabiscuit, you remained focused to deliver a complete yet riveting work. Thank you for a book so engrossing, I found myself reading whole passages aloud to whoever would listen! Lori Keener
Cleveland, OH USA

Comments by Lindsey on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 02:09 IP Logged
-I just want to say that the story of Seabusit is the Story of a true champion, and a Champion of whom should be remembered...-
New Bloomfield, MO USA

Comments by cathy milliken on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 01:31 IP Logged
The best book I ever read in my life. Really, thank you so much. I am a jailer at the Santa Monica Police Department and have lived her all my life. I bought my first horse a month ago and ride him on my days off. I am recovering from breast cancer and decided to follow my dream of owning my own horse. I hope you are feeling better and I look forward to the movie. Thanks again for such a great adventure. I cried at the end because I didn't want your book to end. Sincerely, Cathy Milliken
santa monica, ca USA

Comments by Terry Deneen on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 00:58 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I am writing Oprah. I am calling my favorite disc jockey's, Jeff and Jer' in San Diego. Everyone needs to read this book! It's a classic!!! Thank you. Love, Terry Deneen
San Diego, CA USA

Comments by martha hertz on Friday, August 03, 2001 at 00:30 IP Logged
Thank you for letting me know Seabiscuit. I know how he feels under me on the backstretch fighting to go, I know how he smells, how he reacts when he's frustrated, the look in his eye when he's weighing his chances of outsmarting someone, and a whole lot more. More than an author, you're a genius at your craft.
Locust Grove, GA USA

Comments by thelma sroka on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 08:55 IP Logged
I really enjoy thius great book...lots of insites into racing...we have standbreds, but the horses, and people who work with them are the same, heart and guts....are you coming to the saratoga meet to sign books? would like some autographs for christmas presents thank you again...look forward to your next book
broadalbin, ny USA

Comments by Janet Almasy on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 08:03 IP Logged
I have just finished reading your marvelous book. Much as I love horses, I have never been a racing fan. I might not have bought the book if a review in our local paper hadn't pointed out that it was equally about the people involved, and the conditions under which the jockeys worked. I could not put it down! I found myself alternately moved to tears, anger, laughter, and a strong desire to stand up and cheer. Thank you so much.
Youngstown, OH USA

Comments by Linda Spencer on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 07:37 IP Logged
Wonderful book!
Modesto, CA USA

Comments by ruth soltis on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 05:01 IP Logged
The BEST book I have read in years! I love Seabiscuit! I cried when the story ended and was glued to this book! I even tryed to read slow so that I could savour it longer! Wonderful book, wonderful writing! Seabiscuit was just amazing! I am so glad that you wrote this great book to edicate people that horses are more than 'dumb' animals! The writing style made it even more interesting! Hats off to you, my dear! And, hats off to Seabiscuit! Truly a Wonder-Horse!
Saratoga, CA USA

Comments by Alan Benning on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 02:50 IP Logged
Hello Laura, I am an English racehorse trainer and writer living and working in Florida. The quality and standard of your work and research is probably the highest I have ever seen. The finished article, your book, is without doubt brilliant and by far best I have ever read. I am rarely drawn to tears, but the depth of your writing drew them from me on more than one occation. My novels are good, but you are in a league of your own. Many congratualtions.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla USA

Comments by Angelika Haselbach on Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 01:30 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, i live in Germany an my english is not so good. The book about Seabuisciut i was reading in two days and I´m enthusiastic. I think the book is very interesting not only for people like horseracing, it also interesting to learn something about the american history an people. Thank´s for this phantastic book, good luck and bye, bye from Germany.
Leipzig, BRD

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