With only a few shopping days left before Christmas, just a quick reminder that several books out there might be just what your racing-happy friend or family member is looking for.
First, there is the National Book Award winning novel “Lord of Misrule,” a novel by Jaimy Gordon about life on the backstretch of a fictitious leaky-roof track on the Eastern seaboard. “Lord of Misrule” has received rave reviews from both inside and outside of the Thoroughbred industry.
Another Maryland writer, Sasscer Hill, has published “Full Mortality,” a mystery novel about the death of a promising stakes horse on the eve of a big stakes race in which he would have been favorite. “Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine,” has given “Full Mortality” a starred review in its most recent issue.
Laura Hillenbrand, the best-selling author of “Seabiscuit,” is back with another powerhouse non-fiction book, this one about track and field star Louis Zamperini and is unbelievable story of survival as a Japanese POW during World War II. This one is No. 2 on the NY Times best-seller list.
Finally, the year's sleeper book (yes, it's been asleep for awhile since first publishd in 2002) is the Eclipse Press Thoroughbred Legends biography, “Sunday Silence,” a story of the rags-to-rise of the 1989 Horse of the Year who overcame two near-death experiences to reach the top of the racing world, defeating the more respected Eastern establishment horse Easy Goer in three of their four outstanding rivalry races. Remember when rivals actually ran against each other? This outstanding biography was penned by a fellow named Ray Paulick. Copies now available in paperback.
Amazon.com has them all.
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