Saddle up—we’re reading!
Hot on the hooves of the Kentucky Derby, we’re placing our bets on these must-read horse-themed books that are worthy of the Triple Crown!
FICTIO-NEIGH-L Horse Reads:
Horse: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.
“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A thrilling story about humanity in all its ugliness and beauty . . . the evocative voices create a story so powerful, reading it feels like watching a neck-and-neck horse race, galloping to its conclusion—you just can’t look away.”—Oprah Daily
Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.
Perestroika in Paris: A Novel by Jane Smiley
*A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Pick*
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author: a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals—and a young boy—whose lives intersect in Paris in this “feel-good escape” (The New York Times).
“A sparkling screwball-comedy treat . . . It’s hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this wistful charmer of a book.”—Seattle Times
“Wholesomely timeless, full of good intentions and happy endings that feel far removed from the problems of the moment.”—Wall Street Journal
Available in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, and eBook Editions.
Girls and Their Horses: A Novel by Eliza Jane Brazier
Set in the glamorous, competitive world of showjumping, a novel about the girls who ride, their cutthroat mothers, and a suspicious death at a horse show . . . from the author of Good Rich People.
“A wickedly delicious deep dive into the world of horse-crazy girls, whiskey-soaked barn parties, and high-octane show-jumping circuits . . . a fabulous ride!”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye
“At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Girls and Their Horses has Brazier’s razor sharp insight and blistering social commentary, combined with a plot so subtly tense you’ll hold your breath for whole chapters.”—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Hide
Available June 6th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
The Horse Dancer: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars, a novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything
“Reading Jojo Moyes’s newest novel, The Horse Dancer, I had to keep reminding myself that I was not, in fact, reading Dickens. . . Moyes’s vision of people lifted from despair by nothing more than love (and a little money) is nothing if not poignant.”—Washington Post
“Fans of Moyes (Paris for One and Other Stories, 2016, etc.) know what to expect from her books—big emotions, quirky characters, and a few tears—and this one delivers on all counts.”—Kirkus Reviews
Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.
Horses of Fire: A Novel of Troy by A. D. Rhine
The epic retelling of Troy, the most famous war in myth or history, in which four strong yet misunderstood women take center stage, their stories so intricately and beautifully woven together that the result is an utterly spellbinding and immersive historical novel.
“One of those singular books that pulls readers into a completely immersive world with a dazzling story and characters so deftly drawn that you can’t help but ache for them.”—New York Timesbestselling author Lisa Maxwell
“Feminist re-tellings of Greek myth are having a moment, but Horses of Fire is destined to stand out, spinning a fresh take on classic themes with mesmerizing energy . . . Lovers of the classics and lovers of fierce female characters alike will rejoice!”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye
Available July 25th in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Horse: A Novel by Talley English
A haunting novel about a girl struggling to discover who she is when the things she most loves—her family, and horseback riding—are potentially lost for good.
“Horse might look like another story about a girl and her horse, which it is and is more: an unflinching examination of what it is to be an animal, what it is to be human, the difference and overlap between the two, and how to manage that intersection. Brilliantly written, and ruthlessly felt.”—Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising
Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Nonfiction That Beats the Odds:
Lexington: The Extraordinary Life and Turbulent Times of America’s Legendary Racehorse by Kim Wickens
The powerful true story of the champion Thoroughbred racehorse who gained international fame in the tumultuous Civil War–era South, and became the most successful sire in American racing history.
“A vivid portrait of America’s greatest stallion, the larger-than-life men who raced and bred him, and the dramatic times in which they lived.”—Geraldine Brooks, author of Horse
Kim Wickens brings to life the courageous stallion Lexington, the breeders, gamblers, saints and scoundrels who crossed paths with him, and the indelible imprint he left on the American Thoroughbred breed.”—Elizabeth Letts,New York Times bestselling author of Eighty Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse
Available July 11th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Think Like a Horse: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Empathy from an Unconventional Cowboy by Grant Golliher
In Think Like a Horse, veteran “horse whisperer” and leadership expert Grant Golliher applies his hard-won horse sense to teach invaluable lessons anyone can use to live a fuller, more successful life.
“In his book Think Like a Horse, Golliher dishes out all the wisdom he’s gleaned from nearly 50 years as a horse trainer.”—New York Post
“Grant Golliher has authored both a how-to for horse lovers and a guide to thoughtful professional and personal leadership for anyone, no matter if you’ve never saddled up . . . Sometimes you’ll laugh, sometimes you’ll tear up. You’ll always find yourself not wanting to miss a word of Golliher’s wisdom.”—Cowboys & Indians
Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts
The dramatic and inspiring story of a man and his horse, an unlikely duo whose rise to stardom in the sport of show jumping captivated the nation.
“[A] classic American dream story, with a down-on-its-luck horse galloping in for good measure.”—USA Today
“This is a wonderful book—joyous, heartfelt, and an eloquent reminder that hope can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Most of all, it’s a moving testament to the incredible things that can grow from the bond between animals and humans.”—Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey
Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Also Available for Young Readers: The Eighty-Dollar Champion: The True Story of a Horse, a Man, and an Unstoppable Dream
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
From the author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken comes a universal underdog story about the horse who came out of nowhere to become a legend.
“Fascinating . . . Vivid . . . A first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but a fascinating slice of American history as well.”—The New York Times
“Engrossing . . . Fast-moving . . . More than just a horse’s tale, because the humans who owned, trained, and rode Seabiscuit are equally fascinating . . . [Hillenbrand] shows an extraordinary talent for describing a horse race so vividly that the reader feels like the rider.”—Sports Illustrated
Available in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Photography Front Runner:
Horses: Portraits by Derry Moore and Clare, Countess of Euston, Contributions by Sir Richard Stagg and Ian Balding and Sir Humphrey Wakefield
A tribute to horses, their riders, stables, and the equestrian lifestyle around the world. Derry Moore’s photographs celebrate the extraordinary beauty in the trappings and traditions of the equestrian world.
“Horses (Rizzoli) appear . . . in Derry Moore’s photographs.”—Vanity Fair
“Moore’s work—with a unique eye for character, not just in his portraits of the horses but in the details of their surroundings—is a beautiful tribute to horses, their riders, stables, and the equestrian lifestyle around the world.”—Art of the Times
Available in Hardcover.