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The Pile on my Nightstand, on my desk and in the mail… HORSE BOOKS!


Friday, September 23rd, 2011 | Filed under Handy Tips




I love photos and I love non-fiction books.

Non-fiction horse books with photos beckon me.

Of course, this entire blog is based on the relationships between equines and their humans…

So a non-fiction photo book about a horse and its owner is almost like the apple in the Garden of Eden!  I want it!!!!

AMAZON

Amazon is very smart… If I sign on, the little computer gnome will salute me with several books he thinks I will like.

Dang it!  That little gnome is generally correct.  And, not only will he show me several books I will want, but he bundles them with other books that I’ll probably like as well.

Right again.

So, I try not to sign onto Amazon because I end up ordering more books than I need.  They pile up on my nightstand, desk and in my mailbox.

I’ve sworn off Amazon…

These are the books that the Amazon gnome thinks I should purchase.

BROADSIDED

However, yesterday I was broadsided…

I received an email from Catskill Animal Sanctuary (website linked here).

I wrote about them long ago (linked here).  Their story is very inspiring… This one woman, Kathy Stevens, who had no experience in running a sanctuary, bought a bunch of land and created a business model that helped generate interest and responsibility from her community towards the Sanctuary.  The Sanctuary is part of the community like the local library or the local historical monument.  The community takes care of the Sanctuary and helps provide for it.

Great idea!

Not only is the Catskill Animal Sanctuary constantly figuring out ways to incorporate their business into the business of the community, they do incredible good for all of their sanctuary animals as well as stockpile funds for their survival.

CAS’s business model is rare and quite successful.

Anyway, I received an email from Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

Within that email was a link to the founder’s new book, ANIMAL CAMP.

This is the book from the email that started it all!

I clicked it.

Oops.  Here we go again…

Yup, I ordered it.  Ordering that book got me hooked into Amazon again whose gnome showed me a few more books I would probably (and did) like and the whole thing spiraled AGAIN.

I decided to share it all with you – the books I ordered and the books I already have, stacked all around me.

ANIMAL CAMP and WHERE THE BLIND HORSE SINGS

I expect that ANIMAL CAMP is a collection of Kathy’s experiences around her Sanctuary.  Yay!  I’m all over that!

Her other book, WHERE THE BLIND HORSE SINGS was her first.  I don’t know what it is about.  But, I ordered it anyway because I’m sure that this brilliant woman would have something to teach me…  You can go to the website and order, too, if you’d like.

Yup, I ordered this one, too.

HOLLYWOOD HOOFBEATS

OK, this one is like crack for me… Hollywood Icons and their horses, plus stories – written by Robert Mitchum’s daughter!!  Love it!  I ordered this last week and it just arrived.  So, I haven’t pawed through it yet.  I’m sure it will bring forth a few blog topics…  <smile>

I got lucky with this one.  The Amazon gnome told me that there were a few ‘used’ to pick from.  And, actually, it came in pretty good condition.

I cannot wait to sink my teeth into this one!

I ordered this 'used' but it is in great shape!

 

QUINCY

These two just came today.  A reader told me that she wrote childrens’ books based on her own horse, Quincy.  In a lovely gesture, she sent two of the books in the series to me.  They arrived today.  I took photos and then looked inside.  I haven’t read them but I’m fairly certain I will like them.

The Quincy books that just arrived

If you’d like to meet the author or the real horse, here is a link to her website.

Here is a photo of the actual Quincy who is alive and well – creating more inspiration for his owner.

The real Quincy

THE 80 DOLLAR CHAMPION

I wrote about this a while ago.  The book was coming out and I had never heard the story!

For me, the David and Goliath stories make me wanna dance around to the theme of ROCKY.

So, after writing the post (linked here), I pre-ordered the book.  And, it arrived last week.

It sits on my nightstand…  I really want to read it!

Another one that looks very inspirational - sitting on my desk

WAR HORSE

As you know, I’ve written a few posts about the movie, War Horse.  Not only did we meet the artist who created the horse drawing used in the theatrical trailer, she also ended up becoming the horse dresser on the movie (linked here)!

And, small world as it is, the actual owner of the horse from the drawing contacted HORSE AND MAN to tell me all about her lovely boy (story linked here).

Anyway, after all of that – and the discussion amongst you all regarding the play and the book, I decided to read the book.  So, it is on my desk.

This one is short... I should have read it by now!

THE BEAUTIFUL JIM KEY

I had never heard of this horse either!  Somehow he came into my radar and I had to find out about this horse who was a huge celebrity of his day!

This ‘most intelligent horse in the world’ was like a rock star on the vaudeville circuit.  Jim Key could draw more crowds than any other exhibit.  He even had his own building!  Everyone knew Jim Key.

Yet, I had never heard of him.

So, I did some research and wrote about him.  You can read it here.

And, I ordered the book.  It sits on my nightstand right now…

The Beautiful Jim Key - a huge celebrity in his day!

SECRETARIAT

OK, well, the movie SECRETARIAT is playing almost daily on a few channels around here.

To be honest, some parts of the movie dragged for me, yet other parts sent me over the moon!!  I keep waiting to hear my favorite parts and then I run downstairs to watch.  It never gets old…

Anyway,  Amazon helped me stumble upon a book written by the daughter of the owner of Secretariat called SECRETARIAT’S MEADOW.  I thought this would be thrilling because she was there from his birth to his death.  So, I ordered it.

The book by the daugher, Kate Chenery Tweedy

Then, I made the mistake of reading a few reviews of the above book – and one of them mentioned the ‘all time best’ book on Secretariat by Raymond Woolfe… so I ordered that one, too.  At least I got a ‘used’ version.

Neither of those books have arrived yet…

So, I expect my piles to grow a bit in the near future!  ;)

They say this is the ultimate Secretariat book...

 

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