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Comments by Rebecca Brown Thompson on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 09:16 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I loved your book and I know many others who did as well, including my riding instructor and my later father, for completely different reasons! What a pleasant surprise to be listening to NPR yesterday morning while baking Thanksgiving Day bread and find your interview with Diane Rehm. I tried calling in repeatedly but was obviously just one of many who wanted to talk to you. I wanted to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and express my sincere hope that they will find a cure to your illness so that you may write your next great book and do all the things you love, including riding horses. By the way, my brother, Monty Brown, says he knows your fiance. All the best, Rebecca
Vienna, VA USA

Comments by Cary Harper on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 09:13 IP Logged
Thanks for such a great book! I have loved horses all my life and used to own one when I was a young girl. I have been following horse racing since the late '70's and find it thrilling. Your book gave me a lot of insight and information about the racing world. I had no idea what jockeys went through. Some of that was so horrifying to me and I truly hope that things are better for them today. Thanks to your book, Seabiscuit has entered the ranks of my top 3 favorites, Man 'O' War, Secretariat and now the Biscuit. Just as Smith and Howard said, there will never be another horse like him. Thanks again for a terrific story. I can't wait for the movie!
Evanston, IL USA

Comments by Graham Sharpe on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 06:37 IP Logged
Laura - I am the man who sponsors the William Hill Sportsbook of the Year award for which your book has been deservedly short-listed. I should like to congratulate you and request that you mention this fact on your site.I also wish you every success when the result is announced on Monday and hope to be able to talk to you then.Graham Sharpe, Media Relations Director, William Hill.
London, England

Comments by Paul on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 04:49 IP Logged
Thank you, for YOU.
Grapevine, TX USA

Comments by Steve on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 03:25 IP Logged
Laura, Thanks for the wonderful book and for coming out about Chronic Fatigue. I was diagnosed in 1985 after a year of trying to convince doctors that I wasn't depressed, wasn't alcoholic, and wasn't homosexual (HIV). The first ten years were the hardest. I'm grateful to have the energy to read and glad you've found the energy to write. FYI, Dr. Jon Kaiser in San Francisco knows a lot about CFIDS, although, as you know, there doesn't seem to be an effective treatment as yet. Steve
San Francisco, USA

Comments by Judi Obrig on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 02:23 IP Logged
As a person who was blessed to have owned two horses (Saddlebreds), I want you to know how much I was moved by the story of this incredible horse and the people who nurtured his genius. Thank you for the best read I've had in many years and I eagerly await the movie. Please don't let them "Hollywoodize" the Biscuit! Can you recommend a good book about "Big Red" (Secretariet). I count myself fortunate to have seen him race (KD). Good luck and good health to you in the future.
Columbus, OH USA

Comments by Loni LePage on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 01:16 IP Logged
I know virtually nothing about horseracing but your book so appealed to me that I bought it - what a wonderful story! I grew to love this little horse, and as I read his story I felt the heartache and the pride experienced by his "team" and Seabiscuit himself! Thank you for making us aware of this historical legend!
Vernon, BC Canada

Comments by joe engwer on Friday, November 23, 2001 at 00:39 IP Logged
I just read the book and it was great. The story about a once in a lifetime horse and the people whose life it changed was well written and always entertaining. I would like to if possible send my book jacket to you or to someone who can forward it to you so you could autograph it for me. If this is possible please e-mail with details Thank you and i look forward to the movie. JOE ENGWER joee@rainmakerthinking.com
new haven, ct USA

Comments by Frank and Pat Brown on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 09:22 IP Logged
Your book is terrific. Our bookclub is reading it, we're looking forward to the movie. Can you tell us how the weight postings ("handicap") system works? On page 304 for example Seabiscuit was assigned 130 points, higher than for any other horse. How does the jockey's weight fit into this? Again, thanks for a wonderful story.
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Ann on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 07:22 IP Logged
Thank you for a beautifully written great story. I was actually sorry to have finished the book. Today, while vanning horses to a foxhunt I heard that a rebroadcast of your NPR interview was going to be aired at 10 a.m.--so I hung around the meet until 10, so that I would have a chance to hear the interview while driving slowly back to the barn. Most interesting. I was sent the book as a "must read" by a very prominent fellow foxhunter. Since then it has been loaned out at least four times--and has now gone to England. Thank you for a wonderful book.
Warrenton, VA USA

Comments by John Dawson on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 06:59 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I was thrilled to be able to listen to your interview on the Diane Rhem Show today. I had no idea that Seabiscuit had such a storied life. I did know about the match race with War Admiral at Pimilco Race Track in 1938 because my dad got to see the race. He was a freshman at Towson State Teachers College (now Towson University) and went with a group of friends to watch the race. They were unable to enter the track, but they were able to gain admission to a home on Rodgers Ave. and watched the historic race from the roof of the house. My dad is 81 now and he still recalls the excitement of that day. Thank you for your efforts in compiling the story of Seabiscuit. My dad will find a copy of your book under his tree this Christmas.
Severna Park, MD USA

Comments by uma aaltonen on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 03:48 IP Logged
Today- nov.22- I happened to hear your interview on npr- I was so touched by the story and your brave attitude - myself I have MS and I have owned 5 horses - the oldest -grand lade of them all - died last year nov.19- she was a mixof engllish thouroughbred and a finnish horse- a legend in her way as I am a writer and crawled under her skin to teach children and young people all about horses - she had a filly- who now is mother of two fillies- herself 27 -her daughters 17 and 15 - and her fullbrother 20 has been a policehorse- - TODAY I enetered my kitchen in the afternoon to catch your program which we get through opur public channel- bewithched I listened to it - I had just come from helsinki our capital city - where my misty is now admired on the subway entrance wall in three huge photos- till jan.2.02 she will be there- this was a coincidens´ce of course that you happened to be on dinae rehm just today- but you did make this day even more special and I wish you many better days healthwise- - if this mail accepts an attachment -i let you see misty at the tender age of five visiting her stallion-in l973 and the other picture taken after her death when her horsefamily had greeted her for the last time and her cat friend came to bid farewell- thanks you for your book- I try to purchase it soonest possible- with love and admiration uma
paksalo, finland

Comments by John J. Viktora on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 03:25 IP Logged
i have not read you book. I will. Seabiscuit was not physically impressive, but neither was Thre Bars, the first horse inducted into the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame. I own and love and ride and hug and brush and a grandson of Three Bars. Being connected to a horse is a unique experience. Sometimes I think that the more I get to know people, the more I love my horse. Have you read Beryl Markam's "West with the Night". In it she has a captivating chapter on her time training horses, specifically one that was not a prime candidate to win a race, but nonetheless did. You have a wonderful spirit and it comes through loud and clear in your voice. And I know I will find that same exhilerating energy in your book. Pax vobiscum. John
Flagstaff, Az USA

Comments by matt faulkner on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 03:18 IP Logged
Hello Laura, Just heard your talk with Diane on NPR. I found both your story and Seabiscuits to be inspiring. I encourage you to keep up your fine work. Best wishes and good health to you! Sincerely, Matt Faulkner
mi USA

Comments by Jay Fox on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 01:54 IP Logged
Laura, your book was phenomenal. As a former groom, I appreciated the way you enlightened readers unfamiliar with the history of the "backside" of a track. Truth is always more interesting than fiction - Jay Fox
Cherry Hill, NJ USA

Comments by Bill DuPriest on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 01:27 IP Logged
Laura, I really enjoyed your interview with Diane Rheam and look forward to reading the book. I'm a writer, too--have been for 40+ years--and am about to finish a novel. I rarely write notes like this, but your illness has touched me. What a pity for someone so talented to have such a terrible affliction... Laura, my wife has operated an art gallery here for 28 years and thus knows many people. One of them is an artist who had problems similar to yours. She has been helped enormously by a doctor who also has helped keep me alive and is helping my wife. He is a molecular biologist, a nutritionist, and an Ayurvedic physician in Nw York City. As you may know, Ayurvedic medicine is not widely practiced here. It is ancient and comes from around India. Unlike current medical practices, it does not merely treat one's symptoms, but instead remedies the root causes of the disease or problem. I realize that in your condition visiting him in New York City will be extremely difficult, but I hope that with help it may be possible. He is Dr. Albrecht Heyer, and his phone number is 212-551-1101. Because he also teaches and travels it usually is necessary to leave a message for him. If you want to know more about him, please email my wife, virginiamiller@hotmail.com. I truly hope that you will be fully cured soon, and that we will see many more of your books like this jewel. Sincerely yours, Bill DuPriest
Coral Gables, FL USA

Comments by Mike Robinson on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 01:17 IP Logged
I enjoyed the re-broadcast of your interview on the Diane Rehm Show today. I have a couple of friends with CFS, so I have some idea what you deal with daily, and my heart goes out to you in your struggle with a poorly understood and much-ignored malady. I do hope our culture can develop a more enlightened approach to CFS, for your sake and for the millions of other victims worldwide. I admire your ability to remain productive in the face of daunting obstacles, and I wish you the best of luck in the future.
Louisville, KY USA

Comments by Alexandra Fotos on Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 01:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I was just listening to your show with Diane Rheme this Thanksgiving. I heard your show the first time a year or two ago and I was prompted to buy your book. Thank you for writing a wonderful book. I knew nothing about horseracing and feel more the educated for it because of your book. I only wish my grandparents were alive as they enjoyed going to the races and would have known about Seabiscuit. I look forward to the movie. I wish you well. Alexandra Fotos prior to reading your book and now have a new outlook on racing. I only wish my grandparents were alive because they enjoyed the races and would have known about Seabiscuit. Good luck to you. Alexandra Fotos
Annapolis, MD USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 07:19 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: National Public Radio's nationally-syndicated Diane Rehm Show will rebroadcast the hour-long interview with me on Seabiscuit on Thanksgiving, November 22, from 10-11:00 AM EST. Tune in while you cook! Thank you to all the readers who wrote to Diane asking her to rebroadcast the show!
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Nino Banome on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 07:07 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I finished Seabiscuit a couple of days ago and I had to tell you how much I enjoyed it -- and how much I admire your work. The profiles of all those involved were extraordinary, to say the least. I've earned my living as a writer for the past 40 years, so I'm a tough audience. You have my total admiration. I've called many friends to tell them what a joyous experience lies ahead by reading Seabiscuit, even if they've never been to a race. Thank you for providing so much pleasure.
USA

Comments by mel Keserich on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 03:40 IP Logged
Dear Laura, What a great book! I read it two times and have recommended it to many friends. As a former racehorse owner and fan your, narritatives about the races made me feel like I was in the crowd holding my breath to see who wins. I can't wait for the move and hope that it does your book justice. Again GREAT BOOK, hoping it becomes a smashing hit movie!! Mel Keserich Salida, CO
Salida, CO USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 00:50 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: National Public Radio's nationally-syndicated Diane Rehm show will rebroadcast an hour-long interview with me on Seabiscuit on Thanksgiving, November 22, from 10-11AM EST. Tune in while you cook! Thanks to all my readers who wrote to Diane asking for a rebroadcast!
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Lisa Ketner on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 07:59 IP Logged
Hello Laura. I am 41 years old and have been an avid reader since third grade. I had to write and tell you that your book is one of the finest I have ever read. As an added bonus, I often felt my deseased grandfather sitting beside me as I read. Sometimes I could actually "see" him at Suffolk Downs in a sea of fans urging Seabiscuit on. My grandparent divorced when I was young. We never developed a relationship. However, I know that he boxed in his early years and always loved "the ponies." Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit and my grandfather back to life. It was a magical experience I shall never foget!
Norway, ME USA

Comments by Mary Ellen Quinn on Monday, November 19, 2001 at 09:30 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I want to thank you so much for writing your book. When I was 9 years old (forty years ago)I read "Come on Seabiscuit" and fell in love with him from that day forward. Over the years I would think of that book off and on and then I heard about your book. I couldn't wait to buy and read. I loved it!! Your research was impeccable and your admiration and love for this great horse comes through admirably yet not overwhelming which is a great balance and tribute to you. I have been in touch with John Pollard and he also said he had emailed you and commended you on your rendition of this great time in history. I myself am a true Seabiscuit collector now and just got back from the exhibition in New York. It was excellent. Thank you again for being such a contributor to Seabiscuit's memory. You do him great justice. I can't wait for the movie and PBS special to come out. Do you know when yet, on either one? If you ever need an assistant to help you in any way I hope you will consider me. I am one of Seabiscuit's most loyal fans. Thank you again - Mary Ellen Quinn
Brockton, ma USA

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