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Comments by James on Monday, July 14, 2003 at 04:56 IP Logged
Loved your book, can't wait for the movie. Sure hope it is good as the book. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book, about a truly great story.
Williston, ND USA

Comments by Ted Baynes on Monday, July 14, 2003 at 03:29 IP Logged
An incredible tour de force of research and story telling. I think I don't want to see the movie. The tale could not be told as well as your words do. How proud you must be of your accomplishment. Absolutely incredible. Thank you. Ted
Richmond, VA USA

Comments by John Sander on Monday, July 14, 2003 at 03:21 IP Logged
I lstened to the taped story you wrote about Seabiscuit. I then went and bought your book about Seabiscuit and have read it twice.I cant think of a book that I have enjoyed more.You are without a doubt a class act writer. However some where in the book you mentioned something about a quarter horse hitting fifty miles per hour . I dont think any horse can run that fast. Not being an expert on the subject of horses, am I right or wrong?
new smyrna bch., fla USA

Comments by George W. Miller on Monday, July 14, 2003 at 02:28 IP Logged
The New Yorker article did it. Prior to that I thought, what do I care about a racehorse? Then I read your article and said over and over, Man, can she write or what? I'm familiar with good writing in the New Yorker, but your writing blew the rest away. Of course I was moved by the story, but the art of writing evident in what you wrote just won't leave me. So, now I've come home from the library with Seabiscuit in tow. (No, it's no profit for you, but it certainly is for me.) Thanks. Now, time for me to start reading Seabiscuit. GM
Kenai, AK USA

Comments by John Adams on Monday, July 14, 2003 at 00:58 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillebrand, I very much enjoyed your book, and was wondering about Tom Smith. Is his full name Thomas MacAdory Smith? When I finished reading Seabiscuit, I happened to be in Glendale, California, and you mentioned that Mr. Smith was buried there. It seemed a shame that so few people attended his funeral, and I decided to visit the cemetery and see if I could find his gravesite. In your afterword, you thanked the main characters, which I felt was very thoughtful. I wanted to do something similar. Any information you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you for such a wonderful reading experience. I look forward to the film, and hope it meets your expectations.

Comments by Win Kelly on Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 09:36 IP Logged
I've just read Seabiscuit for the second time, this time with my seven year old son. We've also watched the PBS documentary. We just cried through the last chapter - thank you for bringing this beautiful story to us. Thank you - thank you.
St. Augustine, FL USA

Comments by Robert Thomas on Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 05:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, My name is Robert Thomas, I am going to be 18 soon, and I have Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. I am currently working on a Fictional Novel Series in my spare time (when I have the energy) and I KNOW that it will be a "big hit." I just need to figure out how to get it exposed. Among all of my chronic fatigue, I have severe and very frequent migraines, CONSTANT neck/head/eye pain, etc. I have had CFIDS and these symptoms for nearly four years now. Our case was first a family cluster when my entire family got CFIDS; my Mom now has severe CFIDS, borderline lupus, is homebound, and mostly bedridden. I would like to get in contact with you if you could kindly reach me at Please write me if you can. Thanks! And as well as this, congratulations on Seabiscuit and the upcoming movie! My family is excited to see it! Sincerely, Robert Thomas

Comments by Allen Rubinstein on Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 03:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Years ago I saw the movie "The story of Seabuscuit" with Shirley Temple. I wondered how accurate the story really was. I have the movie on tape but after reading your wonderful novel, I see how much this movie was altered. Oh well,that's Hollywood. Your book is one of the best human interest stories I have ever read. I guess because of the main character in the story, it's also a non-human interest story. I hope the new movie does justice to your book. Thank you for giving us this story. Good luck with your future writings. Allen Rubinstein
Winter Park, Fl USA

Comments by Rick on Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 02:52 IP Logged
Dear Laura I read a story about you and your medical condition I wanted to tell you about a treatment called Hyperbaric therapy I have a friend that was as bad off as you are if not worse now he travels and lives a more normal life If you would like to contact him let me know and I would be happy to set it up for you We need help letting more people about this maby if you try it and it works as well for you it may get a little more press. Best wishes Rick
Phx, Az USA

Comments by Lindsay King on Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 00:04 IP Logged
I just want to say I loved your book and I love Seabiscuit so much. I don't know what it is about that horse, but I think with all that has happened since 9/11, his story resonates with a power that transcends the particulars of time and place. I have a picture of Seabiscuit in my office and my 9 year old daughter and I watched the PBS documentary on him after I read your book. It literally brings tears to my eyes just thinking about Seabiscuit. He represented such hope and overcame such tremendous odds. What a fabulous animal and athlete. After I finished the book, one of the main images that stayed with me was everyone crowding the train stations just to catch a glimpse of him. I kept wishing that I, too, could grab my kids and run down to the train station and wait for Seabiscuit to come him. I want so much to be with the crowd, waiting .... Where is Seabiscuit when we need him?
Burlingame, CA 94010

Comments by Clair Crockett on Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 08:07 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Laura Hillenbrand, Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your book, Seabiscuit. It is such a great story! My first horse was a Seabiscuit granddaughter named Sea Cursor. We bought her for $190.00 at a horse auction back in the late 70ís. I was so surprised that she was a Seabiscuit granddaughter, since as a young girl I knew of him and about him. I just wanted to let you know that his spirit lives on in wonderful ways. We bred my horse to a racing thoroughbred and we got a filly, her name is Sea Susie Run, we did race her for a short time down in Mexico. Then she became our family horse, where everybody rode her. She is still alive and well and lives in La Habra Heights California. She is truly a character, even in her old age! We bred her to a Trakener stallion named Schubert, and we named that filly Sea Schu. She on the other hand lives in Washington and travels all over the United States, she is a dressage horse, she even has participated in fox hunting, and going over fences. She is also a character and moves beautifully and elegantly over the surface! My horse was a life saver to me, she listened when I had problems, and we even had a few night rides, when I was sad. (There were a lot of problems in my family growing up), she was truly my best friend. I guess I just wanted you to know that Seabiscuitís character and integrity are still alive and passing on to future generations! Thank you! Sincerely, Clair C. Crockett
Valley Center, CA USA

Comments by Kayli on Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 02:24 IP Logged
Hi, I just found this website, and it looks pretty cool! I also just found out that the movie Seabiscut is based on a best selling novel! I am deffinitly going to read the book before I see the movie! :)
Joliet, IL USA

Comments by Zona on Friday, July 11, 2003 at 03:31 IP Logged
I was sad when i read your guestbook, not because of all the wonderful remarks about your book but because of all the ads and "let me 'fix' you's" I saw there. As a person who's had cfs/fm (and mcs) for 23 yrs I can really appreciate what you love of writing must mean to you in order for you do have done this project. I'm impressed and inspired! I'm also so glad to learn that there's someone out there who may just finally get the public to ask what CFS really is, and listen... and it is because you are one terrific writer! I wish the movie much success and pray your health remains stable as possible during all your future endevors. Now if only we could get the pill peddlers et al to back off long enough to at least listen first huh?!!! zona

Comments by Diane Warriner on Friday, July 11, 2003 at 03:01 IP Logged
I am a working woman, wife and mother of two teenagers. I don't get many opportunities to read, let alone read something as wonderful as Seabiscuit. For example, the last two books I started are still unfinished. They just could not hold my attention. I can't really explain what it is about the book I enjoyed so much, I just couldn't put it down. It was so interesting and compelling that I was even reading it at stop lights, in the car. Thank you so much for sharing this well crafted piece of work with all of us. Diane Warriner
santa clara, ca USA

Comments by scott mccullough on Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 07:10 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I know nothing about horses, jockeys, training etc., but I just finished your book, one of the best I ever read - your explainations of the races was GRIPPING. Congratulations on a fabulous work and thank you for sharing with the horse il-literate public!!!
Woods Cross, ut USA

Comments by Mike Turk on Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 02:52 IP Logged
My old roommate's father was the owner of stagehand. His name was chet root, and he was a business partner of bing crosby. they were 2 of the founders of rancho santa fe.
san diego , ca USA

Comments by M Finch on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 07:16 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand - I read "Seabiscuit" a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. Last night I read your New Yorker article chronicling your battle with CFS. I was floored! Congratulations to you for your perseverance and strength. Best wishes for continued success, both with your writing and your health issues. Madeline Finch
Lecompton, KS USA

Comments by Douglas H. White on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 09:37 IP Logged
Hello, again, Laura, We kindly request that you respond to our request for your autograph signature on your book. We are willing to mail it to your with return postage; or have it couriered to you (since we live in the neighborhood); or, attend a local book-signing -- whatever you recommend. Please advise us via the e-mail address of Thank you and best wishes Douglas H. White
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Sharon George on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 03:36 IP Logged
Laura: In the new edition of your book, you reference "Derby Restaurant/Charles Sturniolo-George Woolf collection" for photographs of George Woolf. How may I access the collection? I would love to see more photos of George Woolf.
Wichita, KS USA

Comments by Deb on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 02:12 IP Logged
I read your article in the New Yorker. I had food poisoning in May of 2000 and was diagnosed with CFIDS in November of 2000. Thank you for the article. I was reading exactly what I went through and still today.
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Don Fogleman on Sunday, July 06, 2003 at 07:03 IP Logged
I noticed that indentation and paragraph separation disappeared when my entry was posted, so anyone who would like to read The Bookman column in its original form should go to and click on The Bookman.
Indianapolis, IN USA

Comments by Tim Nunes on Sunday, July 06, 2003 at 06:55 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished reading "Seabiscuit: An American Legend", and found it to be one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. The emotions you awoke in this particular reader, particularly at such points in the book as 'the biscuit's' final race, or final rest, were as strong as I've ever felt, either reading, watching a movie, whatever. I was so impressed that I wrote a review to share with others, which I've posted to the "articles" section of my own website, and to other websites as well. Thank you for sharing your writing talent with the world. After reading your book, I can honestly say that I doubt I'll *ever* forget the name "Seabiscuit".
Chicagoland, IL USA

Comments by Don Fogleman on Sunday, July 06, 2003 at 06:53 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I write a book column for The Spotlight, a small Indiana weekly newspaper with a delivery circulation of 25,000 homes. I mentioned your book in the column this week and thought I should send a copy to you. Here it is: THE BOOKMAN Family tradition holds that, since before we first arrived on the shores of America in 1763 and as recently as my own grandfather, the Fogleman men have always been known for their appreciation of fine horseflesh. I did not inherit that appreciation. Iíve never had any desire to interact with a horse; theyíre bigger than I am, and I understand that they bite. My dad always enjoyed a trip to the horse track and I accompanied him once, but Iíve never been much of a gambler, and if not for the company Iíd have just as soon stayed home. Dad liked to get a close look at the competitors and I discovered that equines have no manners at all. A horse will look you right in the eye while heís peeing on your shoes. The point is, whether theyíre plowing or racing or pulling a carriage, I have no interest in horses. Which is why I was skeptical when Beech Grove librarian Mary Jo Betzner urged me to read Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. It was, she assured me, a wonderful story. Iíll admit it; I mainly accepted the book to be polite. But I really did need something to read, so I gave it a try. This is a wonderful story. Laura Hillenbrandís use of the language is so deft and lyrical and awe-inspiring that certain passages made me exclaim aloud, as though reacting to a particularly impressive magic trick or athletic feat. Writing of this quality gives me hope that maybe print isnít quite a dead medium yet, after all. I will read anything Ms. Hillenbrand cares to write. You say you donít have time to read because youíre too busy watching NASCAR? Beech Grove resident Brian Ludlow has compiled a book that has auto racing written all over it. Racing Stars Autographs by Mail is published by 1st Books in Bloomington, Indiana and lists the addresses of drivers, crew chiefs and car owners from NASCAR, Busch and truck series racing, Indy Racing League, Formula One and Drag racing. Those who are not confident in their ability to write to their heroes and request an autograph without sounding like a stalker will be pleased to know that there is an entire section of this book devoted to the correct form and protocol involved in procuring the mark of these demigods. Personally, Iíve always considered NASCAR to be the West Virginia of sports, but no one can deny its popularity. I donít imagine too many NASCAR fans read this column, but if you know somebody who might be interested, Racing Stars Autographs by Mail is available online at, or at Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstores, or by calling 1-888-280-7715. Two books, one concerned with horsepower and the other the story of a powerful horse, both inspired by the exhilarating competition of racing. It makes me think. It makes me ask myself: ďIf my familyís been in America since 1763, why ainít I rich?Ē The column can also be accessed at the Spotlight's website, but it changes every Wednesday. I loved your book. Please write another very soon.
Indianapolis, IN USA

Comments by Bill Muncey on Friday, July 04, 2003 at 01:54 IP Logged
I don't suppose the movie will do the book justice, but I'm looking forward to it.
Stephenville, Tx USA

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