Jeannette Walls is a writer and journalist who rose to prominence as a gossip columnist for MSNBC.com. Her previous book, “The Glass Castle,” was a very successful memoir of her family’s peripatetic wanderings during her childhood, and stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 100 weeks. Her new book, “Half Broke Horses,” shares another courageous life story, that of Walls’ maternal grandmother, who died when Walls was only 8, and left her New Mexico home at 15, riding 500 miles alone on her pony to teach in the frontier town of Red Lake, Ariz. She survived everything from droughts to floods to the Great Depression.
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