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Comments by Toni Ramos on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 09:54 IP Logged
Laura, What a great book. I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was at every race. What a great research job. The people were fascinating. What a time in history. When I was a child my father would disappear on Sunday and he always told us he was going to Boston. Later as adults we found out that he went to the races at Suffolk Downs. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to feel what it was like for my father every Sunday at the races.
Gloucester, MA USA

Comments by Jennifer Tate on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 05:20 IP Logged
I loved your book! It's such a great story. I am a writer myself and hope to one day have something published. I know you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I also suffer from this as well. It has altered my life in a lot of very negative ways. I haven't been able to do the simplest things in a long time. Recently though I found a doctor in Chevy Chase,MD. Her name is Dr. Mary Lee Esty and she is president of Neurotherapy Center. She administers biofeedback therapy through a revolutionary program that only she and a couple of other doctors in the US have. It is working very well. I am about half way through the treatment and I am responding to it. Recently, I actually had a weekend where I did not sleep for 48 hours straight. I also see a movement therapist in her practice as well. That has been a huge help with pain management and getting my body back into motion. I strongly suggest you see these people if you haven't. It cannot hurt you or set you back at all. The phone number is 301-652-6270. I really hope you might give this therapy a try. It has made a huge difference for me. I feel like I am slowly regaining control over my life. Best Wishes to you! I can't wait to see the movie based on your book!
Reston, VA USA

Comments by Susan Miller on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 04:17 IP Logged
The year I was born, 1939, my Dad built a beautiful wooden rocking horse for me. His name is Seabiscuit. I adored that rocking horse, and rode it until I was much too big to do so. Since then, he has been loved and ridden by my children and their friends, my grandchildren, neighbor children and others. He's been broken and mended many times, and finally, I had to admit he had run his last race. All I have left of him is his head, which I'm going to frame and keep forever. I still adore that horse. I have always thought of the real Seabiscuit as "my" horse. Of course, I have read your truly wonderful book, have seen the PBS documentary, have watched the old Shirley Temple movie about Seabiscuit, and look forward to seeing the new movie when it comes out. If I knew where to send it, I would send you a picture of my very own Seabiscuit. Thank you so very much for writing his story so beautifully.
Colorado Springs, CO USA

Comments by Marion Ventura on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 03:45 IP Logged
Just finished reading your book. Enjoyed it immensely. What a great story about another era. I hope you write another one day. I appreciate the amount of meticulous research you did and saw an interview where you said it had affected your eyesight. I hope that has improved by now. Despite the hardships the people around Seabisquit endured, I envied them living their lives to the fullest doing what they loved doing more than anything else. Congratulations on writing a truly enjoyable book.
Briarcliff Manor, NY USA

Comments by michael fagan on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 09:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura, great book, it is as if I was there. I lived within Pollard, Smith, Woolf, Howard, and all the fans. Thank you for this wonderful story.I laughed, cried,and learned alot about the greatest horse of all time.Win or lose the Biscuit had more heart than any horse then and now.There will never be another Seabiscuit.Iwish that I could have been at that last grand race.What a champion, the little horse gave people around him a purpose to live.Iwould love to get some pictures of the Biscuit, turn me on to where I can get some. Just e mail me if you get the chance.
saint louis, mo USA

Comments by Trisha Lisk on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 06:29 IP Logged
I just finished reading SEABISCUIT for the second time in a year, and it was as enthralling the second time around as it was the first. I am a voracious reader, and believe me when I tell you that NOBODY writes historical narrative as compellingly, as engagingly, as brilliantly as Laura Hillenbrand. I wish she would do Secretariat. Polar opposite of Seabiscuit, and the one book I could find about him was so dull I could hardly stand to read it. He deserves a better story. I, too, look forward to the Seabiscuit movie. Rarely do movies come anywhere near the quality of the book they're about, but I'll go anyway. I hope your health has/is improving hugely, Laura. You deserve it, and your readers want another glorious book from your mesmerizing genius. Thank you so much for the stunning effort you put into the book. I'll read it a third time and enjoy it just as much.
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by barbara lynch on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 05:55 IP Logged
Laura, My father Charles F. Schick is 86 years old. He was on the farm in the 30's & broke War Admiral & Seabiscuit as yearlings. I've always felt that my father had a history to share but wasn't sure where to channel it. My father has your book & knew many of the people from that era. There are not that many people left from my fathers era who knows the history of these horses. I know he would like to speak with you . My parents live near me here in St. Pete, Fl
st. petersburg, fl USA

Comments by Becky Field on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 05:29 IP Logged
Laura, Your book was nothing short of "WOW". I was spellbound as your prose allowed me to wear the shoes of the trainer (Smith) and the jockey (Pollard). I laughed with them, was drawn into the frustration they must have been feeling, and cried with them. You are truly an inspirational author. My family grew up raising and riding horses. Our horses were bred to do ranch work. Here in ND we don't have the chance to see the beautiful race horses that grace other parts of the USA. My mother and father did, at one time, race chariot ponies and Pacers. Eventhough the sport of rodeo and the every day work of ranching was foremost in our minds and hearts, our family has always been fond of any event featuring horses. As a child, the books I read most always starred a horse. Old Bones is one I especially remember. Thank you so much for the road you traveled in gathering the needed information for your book. You are a wonder among wonders. God Bless You!! Becky Field Minot, North Dakota
Minot, ND USA

Comments by Dianna L. Wells on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 03:46 IP Logged
Laura, I have just finished your book for the 4th time! You did a wonderful job!! I thoroughly enjoyed it. From the way Seabiscuit ran his later races, it seems to me maybe he was a lot like his grandpa, Man O'War, than a lot of people realize! I would like to know what happened to Marcela, charles Howard's wife after his death? Did they have any children? How many children did Mr. Howard have, total? You brought that little horse, Seabiscuit, alive. He came along in history at just the right time. America needed him. I'm sure I'll read this book, again and again! Thank you, Dianna Wells
Des Moines, IA USA

Comments by Jamie Smith on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 01:09 IP Logged
I loved the book and also loved the recently aired documentary on Seabiscuit. I'm a lifelong horse fanatic and can't wait to see the SEABISCUIT movie this summer!
New Orleans, LA USA

Comments by Mathilda Cinqmars on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 00:46 IP Logged
Thank you so much for not allowing one of the greatest sports stories of all time to degenerate into obscurity. Your book brings it all back with superb writing and careful research, and I laughed and cried as I read it. Congratulations on all your success with it; you've certainly earned it.
Knoxville, TN USA

Comments by Alice O'Neill on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 00:25 IP Logged
So much enjoyed your book. I totally lost myself in the drama and hated to put it down. Excellent writing and wonderful story. So look forward to the movie. Can't immagine anyone could do it justice as you have. Maybe Spielberg.
Menlo Park, CA USA

Comments by Bob Retz on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 05:49 IP Logged
Since God does not allow magnificent anamals to live for ever, He gave us Laura Hillenbrand so that furture generations can enjoy Seabiscuit through her increditable work. Seabiscuit is a must read for all horse lovers around the world. Laura, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have given thousands of readers something to treasure.
Whitefish, Mt USA

Comments by Renegade on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 03:00 IP Logged
I love this site! The pics were great! What a wonderful horse he was!
Ga USA

Comments by Tessa on Monday, May 12, 2003 at 04:10 IP Logged
Who wants to share their opinion about Seabiscuit with me?
USA

Comments by JULIE TALENT on Monday, May 12, 2003 at 01:40 IP Logged
iHAVE LOVED ANIMALS MY ENTIRE LIFE, AS I INTER MY SIXTIES MY LOVE HAS INCREASED 10 FOLD. I SEEN ALMOST EVERY MOVIE AND READ EVERY BOOK ON MANY ANIMALS NON AND FICTIONAL. MY HEART WAS SO TOUCHED WHEN I READ YOUR STORY ABOUT SEABISQUIT. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN, MY LOVE FOR THIS HORSE WAS PROFOUND AND MY ADMIRATION FOR ALL INVOLVED IN HIS LIFE ABOUNDED ME. I TRUELY FELT AS IF I KNEW THEM AND I COULD FEEL SEABISQUITS PRESENCE. I CRIED FOR JOY AND SADNESS THROUGHOUT THE BOOK. I WAS DEVISTATED BY SEABISQUITS DEATH AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE FOR A HORSE. HE WAS SUCH A DELIGHT WITH MORE PERSERVERANCE, LOVE AND DETERMINATION THEN MOST HUMANS. HE KNEW HE WAS LOVED AND GAVE EVERYTHINK HE HAD TO PLEASE THE ONES WHO PROTECTED HIM AND WATCHED OVER HIM, THAT IS WHY HE DIED SO YOUNG. HE TRUELY SHOWS THAT A HORSE CAN HAVE MANY CHARACTERISTICS SOME OF SOME OF THE GREATEST PEOPLE ON EARTH HAVE DISPLAYED. LOVE CAN DO A MANY SPLENDERED THINGS. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RELIVE AND WONDEROUS TIME IN HISTORY.
ROCKLIN, CA USA

Comments by kerry wood on Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 08:40 IP Logged
Laura, Just finished Seabiscuit. Was enthralled the from starting gate to homestretch. I'm not a great horseracing enthusiast, but I especially enjoyed the slant on history that you provided. I never knew that in 1903 auto owners had to pay 60 cents a gallon for gas and had to bring their own containers to a drug store to make the purchase. I was interested to learn about ordinances to keep cars from scaring horses, the importance of cars in the SF earthquake and fire, the fact that people went to bike repair shops to get auto repair and servicing. I have long resented Seabiscuit's fame for drawing attention away from my birth in April of 1938. I was surprised reading the paperback edition to see some errors that slipped by the proofreader and spell checker--"cooly" instead of "coolly"; "reigned" instead of "reined"; and a couple of instances of "lay" that should have been "laid." But this retired English teacher can't give up old proofreading/editing habits. All in all your book was an unmixed reading pleasure. The characters--particularly Pollard, Smith, Woolf, and Biscuiit--really became three dimensional. Thanks for giving me a pleasurable break from my usual diet of whodunnits and thrillers. Kerry
pacific grove, ca USA

Comments by Dave DeBar on Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 03:48 IP Logged
Laura: I have read many of the postings in your guestbook and echo all the compliments that have been bestowed upon you and your book. Absolutely the most informative, researched, nostalgic and enjoyable book I have ever read. GREAT effort! You are a masterful researcher & writer. Thank-you very much!
Omaha, NE USA

Comments by Elizabeth on Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 00:56 IP Logged
I bought your book Seabiscuit last night . I just finished. You made me feel like i was actually there.I could not put the book down. You and SEabiscuit have captured my heart. Thanks for a great story.
Kenner, La USA

Comments by Priscilla Milliman on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 07:38 IP Logged
A fascinating book. The characters both human and horse are so alive and vivid. The second time reading was even more riveting and exciting then the first first time reading. I come from a horse loving family. We lived a few miles from Santa Anita during that time period in Pasadena. We were great race fans and I remember the War Admiral - Seabiscuit race and how eager we were for Seabiscuit representing the west to win the race. It was a memorable day. I was 10 years old at the time. We had one race horse that was stabled at Santa Anita in 1941 shortly before Pear Harbor. We would arrive at the race track around 5:30am to watch our horse and other horses work out. The atomosphere was very exciting. Our horse "joined the army in 1941" and never raced. During those years I remember Joe Hernanadez calling the races and thought he was the best race announcer in the world - much better then Clem McCarthy and more accurate too.

Comments by Connie Muscavitch on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 06:24 IP Logged
Thank you for the excellent book and for keeping the memories alive! Looking forward to the movie on July 25 and to more books from you.
Appleton, WI USA

Comments by Lori Scott on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 01:58 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, What can I say that hasn't already been said. I just this minute finished reading you book, and had to write you. I have never in my live read the acknowlegements in a book, but did this time. Wow! I am even more impressed with this book than when I finished. You certainly did your homework. What an outstanding writer you are. I love history, and I want to thank you for making it come alive! I am looking forward to the movie and hope that it will reflect your excellent writing. Lori Scott
Columbus, Oh USA

Comments by Connie Muscavitch on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 00:11 IP Logged
Thank you for the excellent book and for keeping the memories alive! Looking forward to the movie on July 25 and to more books from you.
Appleton, WI USA

Comments by Swallow on Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 08:09 IP Logged
please excuse previous email from Swift. i love the book and she does too but is a practical joker, are there any pictures of Seabiscuit?
!, ! M.E

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