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Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal

S. & S. Aug. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781501196232. $28. NAT HIST
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New York Times reporter Nir developed a love of horses from an early age. While owning a horse remained out of reach, riding was not, and Nir took up lessons, collected hobby horses, and soon began competing. Keeping her passion a hobby, she went on to build a successful career as a reporter. What flowed out from her experience is this book, which integrates equine history, including the story of the Marwari horses in India, with the author’s own life story. Growing up with a child psychologist father, who survived the Holocaust and later wrote a book about his experiences, and an acclaimed psychologist mother, Nir was often raised by others. Juxtaposing the loneliness she felt as a child and the freedom that riding provided, the author has written an apt memoir of her life thus far and her love for horses.
VERDICT Packed with stories of the quirky personalities of the horses in her life, this memoir will resonate with horse lovers everywhere for its beautiful tribute to the animals and those who love them.

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