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Horse Power... Beyond Seabiscuit

January 2012

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Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 5 hours 51 minutes.
Black Beauty, a fine stallion, tells of his suffering as he is sold from one cruel master to another. This book was written to dramatize the abuse of horses in nineteenth-century England. Some violence. For grades 4-7 and older readers.
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Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology by Maggie Estep
Read by Constance Crawford. Reading time 11 hours 36 minutes.
Twenty short works of fiction and nonfiction about the sport of horse racing. Lee Child offers a story about a hit man hired to kill a horse. Jane Smiley reflects on raising thoroughbreds. Other contributors include Laura Lippman, Steven Crist, Jerry Stahl, and Meghan O'Rourke. Some violence. 2006.
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The case of the fan-dancer's horse by Erle Stanley Gardner
Read by Jack Robinson. Reading time 5 hours 37 minutes.
Perry Mason and Della Street witness an accident on the California highway and find a fan-dancer's costume in the car. Later the dancer reports a missing horse that several people seem to want at any price.
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The Cat-Nappers: A Jeeves and Bertie Story by P.G. Wodehouse
Read by George Holmes. Reading time 4 hours 49 minutes.
Aunt Dahlia recruits Bertie Wooster and his unflappable manservant, Jeeves, to kidnap the feline companion of a thoroughbred racehorse against which she has bet heavily. The horse apparently performs well only when its cherished stablemate is near at hand. 1974.
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Chosen by a Horse: A Memoir by Susan Richards
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time 5 hours 41 minutes.
The author, a divorced social worker and recovering alcoholic, recounts her adoption of a sick, emaciated mare named Lay Me Down from among forty rescued horses at a local SPCA. Describes how, through Lay Me Down's love, she was able to heal her own wounds. Bestseller. 2006.
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Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America by Charles Leerhsen
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 15 hours 49 minutes.
Portrays the life of legendary harness-racing horse Dan Patch and the men who owned and drove him. Describes Dan Patch being born with a badly formed left leg and recounts his debut run at an Indiana country fair in 1900. Highlights the champion's achievements and marketing success. 2008.
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Deception Trail by Fred Grove
Read by Jerry Fordyce. Reading time 7 hours 41 minutes.
Dude McQuinn has himself a great horse that he knows can beat any other horse in a race. After all, he has one of the best trainers in the country and a great jockey. Best of all he has someone willing to bet his horse will come in second in a two-horse race. But what happens when Dude is suddenly holding a ransom note for his horse and facing a man who wants to kill him? Some strong language.
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Firehorse by Diane Lee Wilson
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 7 hours 40 minutes.
Boston, 1872. Fifteen-year-old Rachel, who longs to be a veterinarian instead of a proper lady, rescues a severely burnt mare from a fire station. A serial arsonist threatens the city while distemper kills thousands of horses--leaving firemen stranded when a giant blaze occurs. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.
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The Great Black Jockeys by Edward Hotaling.
Read by Jake Williams. Reading time 14 hours 17 minutes.
A social historian and Emmy winning writer recalls the importance of African American jockeys in the field of horse racing in the 1800s, even when many were slaves. Explains that by the end of the century, athletes who had once won the Kentucky Derby were vanishing from America's most popular sport because of racism.
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The Greatest Horse Stories Ever Told by Steven D. Price
Read by Todd Scofield. Reading time 11 hours 50 minutes.
Diverse collection of short stories, essays, and articles explores the bond between horse and rider. Topics include hunting, racing, ranch work, the real "horse whisperer," and writings by Pulitzer Prize-winner Red Smith. Each of the thirty selections is prefaced by an introduction from the editor. 2001.
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Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations by J. Edward Chamberlin
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 6 hours 22 minutes.
Professor explores the impact of horses on human history and consciousness since ancient times. Traces their role in the cultures of Egypt, the Middle East, China, Europe, and the Americas and their effect on farming, transportation, gaming, and warfare. Examines the human fascination with horses and the equine spirit. 2006.
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Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley.
Read by Nanette Savard. Reading time 26 hours 12 minutes.
In two years on the horse racing circuit, anything can happen, both on and off the track. Smiley's kaleidoscopic novel recounts the lives of owners, trainers, jockeys, and others involved in the daily activities of owning, caring for, and racing horses. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language.  
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Horse Heaven Hill by Zane Grey
Read by Gary Roan. Reading time 6 hours 6 minutes.
Washington. Nineteen-year-old Lark Burrell moves in with relatives near Horse Heaven Hill, where her cousin Ellery rounds up wild mustangs to sell for slaughter. Appalled, Lark enlists the help of Stanley, her cousin Marigold's fiancé, to foil Ellery's plans. But Lark ends up falling in love. 1959.
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The Horse Rider's Handbook by Monty Mortimer.
Read by Randy Atcher. Reading time 4 hours 56 minutes.
The author, a competitor and trainer, covers both the psychology and physiology of the horse because he feels the reader must understand both in order to become a good rider with a well-trained horse. Beginning with the handling of the foal, the author covers the training of the young horse, as well as preparation for competition jumping, competition dressage, and cross-country riding.
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The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans.
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time 12 hours 39 minutes.
Thirteen-year-old Grace Maclean loses her leg when she and her horse, Pilgrim, are struck by a truck. Pilgrim is also injured, mentally and physically. Grace's mother, magazine editor Annie Graves, learns of a horse whisperer,Tom Booker, who might be able to restore Pilgrim. In hopes that he will also help Grace, Annie takes both of them to his ranch in Montana. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex.
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The Last True Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle
Read by Sharon Murray. Reading time 13 hours 50 minutes.
With their father and brother dead, Julia and Dawn Weslin and their grandmother, Sally, struggle to save the High Horse Ranch and to protect the wild mustangs that their neighbors want destroyed. Horse trainer K.C. Houston may be the answer to their prayers. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.
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Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand.
Read by Annie Wauters. Reading time 14 hours 22 minutes.
Recounts the rise of an "undersized, crooked-legged" thoroughbred horse who in 1938 was the year's number one newsmaker over Franklin Roosevelt, Hitler, and Lou Gehrig. Hillenbrand tells Seabiscuit's story through the three men who made a true long shot into a winner: owner Charles Howard, trainer Tom Smith, and jockey Red Pollard. ALA Notable Book. A History Book Club selection. DB 51968.
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Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston by David Cruise
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 12 hours 34 minutes.
Recounts Velma Johnston's campaign against ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the 1950s that led to Congress passing legislation to protect wild mustangs from slaughter and gruesome abuse. Includes discussion of horse population and management issues. Violence. 2010.
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