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A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck

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Publisher Comments:

The Pulitzer Prize?winning author of A Thousand Acres gallops into territory she first explored in her acclaimed best-selling novel Horse Heaven ("Deeply satisfying...a smart, warmhearted, winning book" — New York Times Book Review) with this irresistible account of her lifelong love affair with horses.

Smiley draws upon her firsthand knowledge of horses, as well as the wisdom of trainers, vets, jockeys, and even a real-life horse whisperer, to examine the horse on all levels — practical, theoretical, and emotional. She shares not only "cute stories" about her own horses, but also fascinating and original insights into horse — and human — behavior. To all this she adds an element of drama and suspense as two of her own horses begin their careers at the racetrack. As the sexy black filly Waterwheel and the elegant gray colt Wowie aspire to the winner?s circle, we are enchanted, enthralled — and informed about what it's really like to own, train, and root for a Thoroughbred.

A Year at the Races is charming, funny, and a bit outrageous: a candid exploration of the abiding bond between humans and horses, told with panache, intelligence, and humor.

Review:

"Writing with nail-on-the-head precision, Smiley revels in the physical genius of horses, explores their five planes of equine awareness, delves into their sociology and psychology, and does it all with unapologetic obsession." Sally Jenkins, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Smiley is a close observer, and what she notes is always interesting....The surety and glow of her prose fragrantly convey the author's sensuous and protective love for horses; she's the kind of mother any foal would be lucky to have." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Smiley succeeds brilliantly in portraying horses not only as fully sentient beings but also as beautiful and intriguing creatures of unique intelligence and heart, who have, over the course of centuries, greatly enhanced and graced human life." Donna Seaman, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Exuberant... witty, completely delightful.... A kind of National Velvet for adults." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Invigorating... thought-provoking. A delightful book filled with arcane horse knowledge.... It could easily become the bible of the barn." The Baltimore Sun

Synopsis:

“Every horse story is a love story,” writes Jane Smiley, who has loved horses for most of her life and owned and bred them for a good part of it. To love something is to observe it with more than usual attention, and that is precisely what Smiley does in this irresistibly smart, witty, and engaging chronicle of her obsession.

In particular she follows a sexy filly named Waterwheel and a grey named Wowie (he “tells” a horse communicator that he wants it changed from Hornblower) as they begin careers at the racetrack. Filled with humor and suspense, and with discourses on equine intelligence, affection, and character, A Year at the Races is a winner.

Synopsis:

A Pulitzer-winning author presents a charming, funny, and a bit outrageous exploration of the abiding bond between humans and horses, told with panache, intelligence, and humor.

About the Author

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including, most recently, Good Faith, as well as a critically acclaimed biography of Charles Dickens. She is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. Smiley owns several horses and lives in Northern California.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033171
Author:
Smiley, Jane
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Horse racing
Subject:
Games-Horse Racing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.08x5.24x.64 in. .62 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Anchor Books - English 9781400033171 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Writing with nail-on-the-head precision, Smiley revels in the physical genius of horses, explores their five planes of equine awareness, delves into their sociology and psychology, and does it all with unapologetic obsession."
"Review" by , "Smiley is a close observer, and what she notes is always interesting....The surety and glow of her prose fragrantly convey the author's sensuous and protective love for horses; she's the kind of mother any foal would be lucky to have."
"Review" by , "Smiley succeeds brilliantly in portraying horses not only as fully sentient beings but also as beautiful and intriguing creatures of unique intelligence and heart, who have, over the course of centuries, greatly enhanced and graced human life."
"Review" by , "Exuberant... witty, completely delightful.... A kind of National Velvet for adults."
"Review" by , "Invigorating... thought-provoking. A delightful book filled with arcane horse knowledge.... It could easily become the bible of the barn."
"Synopsis" by , “Every horse story is a love story,” writes Jane Smiley, who has loved horses for most of her life and owned and bred them for a good part of it. To love something is to observe it with more than usual attention, and that is precisely what Smiley does in this irresistibly smart, witty, and engaging chronicle of her obsession.

In particular she follows a sexy filly named Waterwheel and a grey named Wowie (he “tells” a horse communicator that he wants it changed from Hornblower) as they begin careers at the racetrack. Filled with humor and suspense, and with discourses on equine intelligence, affection, and character, A Year at the Races is a winner.

"Synopsis" by , A Pulitzer-winning author presents a charming, funny, and a bit outrageous exploration of the abiding bond between humans and horses, told with panache, intelligence, and humor.
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