FOLA member Hazel Steele will review Jeannette Walls’ book, “Half-Broke Horses.” You do not have to have read the book to enjoy the review. The ending is never given away.
Walls is the author of “Glass Castles,” a memoir of her early life being raised by eccentrically idealistic, profoundly unfit parents — which raised the question of how did such parents come to exist?
She re-creates the life of her maternal grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, in the first half of the 20th century — told in her grandmother’s voice — giving a partial answer to that perplexing question.
Through the adventures of Lily Casey — mustang breaker, schoolteacher, ranch wife, bootlegger, poker player, racehorse rider, bush pilot and mother of two — Walls revisits the adrenaline-charged frontier background that gave her own mother a lifelong taste for vicissitude.
“I’m an excitement addict,” Rose Mary Walls liked to tell her children. And yet — can the contours of one woman’s life ever sufficiently explain the life that proceeds from hers? It has been said that “Half Broke Horses” is Laura Ingalls Wilder (“Little House on the Prairie”) for adults.
Starfish will be at the Children’s library Thursday at 1 p.m. at Baby Bookworms. Bookworms is for children under 3 to promote reading activities and social play. There will be a special pre-school story time for children ages 3 to 5, with Starfish following at 1:30 p.m. Both events will be held on the first floor of the Carmichael House.
There will be a behind-the scenes tour of the library Thursday at 4 p.m. Meet in the lobby to see areas that are not available to the general public. The tour lasts about 45 minutes.
The library will be closed May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
For more information about the library and its services, go to www.clevelandlibrary.org.