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Comments by Margie Sullivan on Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 00:15 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished your book. I loved the way you wrote the biographies of each of the characters before they all met. I loved the pace of the book -- the pace of a horse race with all the nerve wracking anticipation. Your beautiful writing brought the characters, the settings and the eara to life. My book group will be discussing the book tomorrow evening and I am so anxious to hear and hope they enjoyed it. I must say I cried through the two big races and I cried through the last chapter. I hated to see the group break up and I hated to see the story come to an end. Thank you again for a wonderful read and congratulations. Margie
Bethel Park, Pa USA

Comments by Linda Robbins on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 06:21 IP Logged
I am anxious to read your book, I had it sent to my father with the words "To my Father the Movie Star, Love, Your Daugther." He is a resident of Hemet, California where they are (as we speak) filming the movie "Sea Biscuit." Yesterday he was one of the spectators and is hoping to be one of the handlers of the horses, which he was originally hired for. Looking forward to reading the book and seeing the movie.
Hemet, CA USA

Comments by Margie Sullivan on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 03:44 IP Logged
I encouraged my book discussion group to read your book. I finished it this evening and we will be discussing it tomorrow evening. Thank you for giving us this wonderful story. I loved the way you built the story with the biographies of each of the characters. The story reads like fiction but is better because it happened. I think your beautiful telling of the story brought all of the characters to life and gave it a pace -- a pace and build up of a horse race. I cried through the two big races and I cried through the last chapter. I didn't want to see the group break up and I guess I didn't want the story to end. Again, thank you and congratulations.
Bethel Park, PA USA

Comments by MJ Boyle on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 03:00 IP Logged
This highly detailed book was well written and so exciting. I was vigorously riding a recumbent bicycle at the local gym engrossed in one of the racing events and did not even notice when a man fainted and the EMT's arrived. I was informed later by another person what had happened. A great read that puts you in the scene and makes you want to learn more about the entire racing phenomenon.
Wilton, CT USA

Comments by Mike Gray on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 02:02 IP Logged
Laura- My father neglected to respond to your ad in the DRF regarding information search on Red Pollard. Dad, whose professional name is Mike McGee is 76 and was a trainer, breeder, owner for 50 years. So was his father (Jimmy McGee). I want you to hear his insight and "classified" information on Red Pollard's riding success even though he is too shy. I understand that my uncle Thomas Trotter was asked to provide expert consultants for the upcoming film. In addition, I wrote two articles for Ray Paulick that appeared in the BloodHorse: "Finding the Right Customers" and "Degas at the Races." I've written an article on the architectural beauty of America's Racetracks, but the Blood Horse is not interested. Would Equus? I'm a Kentucky hard boot who would love to talk to you about the game and I'm local in DC. mg
Arlington, Va USA

Comments by M. JOY on Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 07:14 IP Logged
Thanks for having the type of web site and guestbook like you do.... thanks again. MARGO

Comments by Bridget Dagg on Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 05:23 IP Logged
I cannot remember the last time I have so enjoyed a book. At times, I could almost hear the thunderous track crowds as they cheered on the remarkable Seabiscuit. My only disappointment was reaching the end of the story.
Spokane, WA USA

Comments by Teena Bagwell on Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 03:46 IP Logged
I cannot express the pleasure that I had in reading this book. I could not put it down, but really did not want it to end. I am so looking forward to seeing the movie. I am sure that I will be one of the first in line.
Clinton, SC USA

Comments by Carol A. Zirngibl on Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 03:31 IP Logged
Laura, Excellent book. I especially loved the line on page 329: "Seabiscuit paused and looked toward the track, and Smith's eyes clouded over." His weren't the only eyes that clouded over, believe me. This book is a treasure!
Madison, WI USA

Comments by Suzy Hershey on Monday, October 14, 2002 at 09:15 IP Logged
I am a librarian in a small branch library in South Central Pennsylvania. Our book discussion group has chosen Seabiscuit as the book to discuss at our October 28 meeting. I am responsible for obtaining background information about the author. Could you send me some information that would be of interest to our readers? Could you tell us some interesting tidbits about writing the book, some facets of your background that would be of interest, your personal interests, family life, etc.? Knowing things of this nature put a "face" on the author and add another dimension to the reading experience. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks so much. Suzy Hershey Librarian

Comments by Linda Facer on Monday, October 14, 2002 at 06:36 IP Logged
Laura: What a wonderful book! I got both the book and the books on tape from the Los Angeles County Library. I listened to the tapes first. You can't image how I felt when riding the train home one night listening to your tapes and a fellow rider said to me, "What in the world are you doing." Evidentally, I was sitting with my eyes closed, leaning forward and whispering 'go, go, go'! I opened my eyes and said, "It's the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. I'm cheering Seabiscuit on!" I laughed, I cryed, I couldn't wait for the story to be finished and when it was, I was sorry it had ended. I enjoyed it so much that after I listened to the whole story on the tapes, I picked up the book and read it cover to cover! It was fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I can't wait for the movie to come out! Please write another book - maybe about Secretariat???? I love your writing. You brought horse racing in the 1920's and 1930's alive for me. Thank you - Linda Facer
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Lindsey Parks on Monday, October 14, 2002 at 06:15 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I haven't read about Seabiscuit since I was 10. My mom sent me the book. I just retired from training riders and horses 5 years ago, thought I didn't miss it, but your book rekindled my horse fever. Just came back from Willits-did the tour of Ridgewood Ranch. It was a totally relaxing weekend with my husband. What a lovely ranch, and lovely excuse to get away. Thanks!
Santa Barbara, CA USA

Comments by Kevin Ulrich on Friday, October 11, 2002 at 00:12 IP Logged
Not only am I in awe of Laura's book and that it has touched so many people. I am also in awe of the fabulous stories people have to tell on this site. A rainy weekend is expected on Long Island and I intend to use it to read all the wonderful stories you folks have to tell. Hoping that the movie does justice to Laura's hard work and the memories of Charles Howard, Tom Smith, Red Pollard and, of course, Seabiscuit.
West Islip, NY USA

Comments by Steven Berman on Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 09:31 IP Logged
Thanks for writing such an inspiring book. I am currently a student at Georgia State. My assignment is to read a biography of a famous American, write a book review, and present an oral presentation to the class. Do you know where I can get any videos of Seabiscuit racing to present in class? I feel it will give my presentation an extra kick. I appreciate any response and look forward to seeing the movie. We have a movie theater on campus and I am sure they would like to show it. Look forward to your next endeavour. Peace - Steven Berman
Atlanta, GA USA

Comments by Teresa James on Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 02:41 IP Logged
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Las Vegas, NV US

Comments by julie a. douglas on Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 02:03 IP Logged
i really loved the book.looking forward to the movie next year.
ramona, ca. USA

Comments by Jessica Terry on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 07:28 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I am from Australia where the horse race that stops a nation is called the Melbourne Cup, run the 2rd Tuesday in November. That's all I know about horseracing but I have bought the book Seabiscuit because I am interested in the role Tobey Maguire is playing in the film. I also enjoy reading about true events and how someone down on their luck can bet the odds no matter what comes there way in life. I can only hope the film is as good as the book and shows the bond between a man and his horse in the world of horseracing. Many Thanks Jessica

Comments by michael blowen on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 06:15 IP Logged
Laura, Your book has done more for horse racing than anything since Cigar's winning streak. I've read it several times and given more than a dozen copies as gifts. I am the Operations Director for the Thoroughbred retirement Foundation and, strangely enough, a horse I used to race when i was on the other end of the business is going to be one of the horses to play Seabiscuit. Thanks again for such a marvelous book...And I thought your letter at the 2001 Hall of fame inductions was the highlight of the event. Best to Bill Nack if you see him.
Midway, KY USA

Comments by Douglas H. White on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 03:34 IP Logged
Thank you, Laura, We all have been enjoying Seabiscuit -- actually re-reading it 2-3 times. Your writing style and the stories of the racetrack complement each other -- layers of colorful detail and character. We look forward to your next book and recommend the story of of H. Guy Bedwell, colorful horse trainer.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Marilyn Micciche on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 02:18 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I recommended your book, Seabiscuit to my book club before I even read it, and was thoroughly relieved and excited once I read it. We meet today in two hours and I am just starting to prepare the discussion, as I am today's leader. I plan on touching upon the similiarities between you and Seabiscuit's characters. I wouldn't call you an underdog like Biscuit, Red, Tom and Charles, but once I learned about your chronic fatigue syndrome, I realized that you have the courage of a champion and the persistence of a winner. There must have been many days when you wanted to call it quits. You've inspired me to pursue things in my life with the same passion, courage and persistence. Thank you for this gift to the world. It's something that is profound and lasting. Hope the movie is a smashing success and that the book and movie provide you with the comforts your deserve for the rest of your life. Sincerely, Marilyn M.
Natick, MA USA

Comments by Jill Bellaus on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 02:02 IP Logged
Laura - I am the person who wrote to you before asking about the lead pony. I am having the sales meeting incorporating your book into the presentation - "What Does The Kentucky Derby & Sales Success Have In Common." Have you written any articles or do you know of anyone who has written any articles or essays on the Kentucky Derby? Thanks.

Comments by greg green on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 01:54 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand What a story you wrote. It was so descriptive that I felt I was at the bike shop in the beginning and that i was at Ridgewood at the end. I could'nt put the book down but I also never wanted it to end. It was an incredible and emotional ride. Greg Green Tacoma, Wa.
tacoma, wa USA

Comments by Paul Groffie on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 01:21 IP Logged
Laura, your writing and research was second to none. What an accomlishment! Although I am only 36, I can't imagine being more engrossed in a book during my life than I was with Seabiscuit. I think being a horse racing fan makes the book that much more personal and enjoyable. When I finally reached the end of the book it was an emotional moment. I felt so involved and felt as though I lost my own family. I can not tell you enough how awesome the book was. You are so very talented. Thank you so much - Maybe I'll be able to have you sign it someday for me?
Marlton, NJ USA

Comments by Eileen Morrison Darren on Tuesday, October 08, 2002 at 05:12 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, Again, thank you for your wonderful book. I am a journalism student and I am researching information on Red Pollard and George Woolf for an article. I've already found the March 1941 Cheers with info on George, and I'm waiting for delivery of the Time Magazine with the article by David Alexander on Red's retirement. I've also read A Sound Of Horses and am currently reading Come On Seabiscuit. I have two questions: What happened to Genevieve Woolf after Georgie's death, and, may I offer to donate some amount to your favorite charity in return for your March 1951 Sir! magazine? Please advise! Thanks. Eileen Morrison Darren
New York, NY USA

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