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ISBN-13: 978-1891396724 ISBN-10: 1891396722

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891396722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891396724
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found it extremely well written with a flowing writing style.
Jessica Litwin
I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in horses, the depression era, women's issues, or to just wanting to read an excellent book.
D. C. Shearer
If you are a fan of Sonora Carver and Horse diving, this book is a must for you.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Cyndy Otty on February 13, 2010
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Like many little girls, I was absolutely obsessed with horses. To an extent, I guess I still am. But as a child my life basically revolved around anything related to horses. In this, Carver and I are much alike. If you're unfamiliar with the name, Carver was an entertainer who was made famous by being one of the first female horse divers. Moreover, she was blind for more than half of the two decades she performed. Her memoir inspired the Disney film "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken". I was quite enamored with the film when I saw it as a child, but now realize that it is sadly a huge departure from the real story to the point that it's nearly unrecognizable from the material from which it is based. I find this particularly disappointing because the true story is in fact a remarkable one that is far more interesting, entertaining and inspiring than the film's product.

Carver's memoir is peppered with anecdotes of her life, citing interesting tidbits about all of the horses in the show and the intricacies of the training and physicality involved in horse diving. In fact, the entire book is written more like a lengthy conversation being told, wavering from point to point and focusing on what is of most interest to the author at that particular moment. While a bit jarring in terms of narrative flow I still found the story is easy to follow and as a horse enthusiast I found it desperately interesting. She recounts the specifics of how the horses were cared for, their particular personalities and, possibly most interesting of all, their individual diving routines and preferences. The majority of the book focuses on the first eight years or so Carver spent diving before being blinded.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Shearer on April 27, 2009
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I'm so glad the book has finally been republished. I'm a middle school librarian and found this book on the shelf years ago. It's a sad-looking tattered, green book :( but one of my favorite to highlight in a books-to-movies book talk. It is always popular with the students,consequently, I've been looking for another copy for some time. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in horses, the depression era, women's issues, or to just wanting to read an excellent book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kate Emburg on August 19, 2009
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If you liked the movie WILD HEARTS CAN'T BE BROKEN, you'll want to read A GIRL AND FIVE BRAVE HORSES. The true story is far more compelling in Sonora's own words. Horse lovers will enjoy the book even more than the film, as it concentrates on training the diving horses and the unique personality of each animal. Sonora herself is remarkable, insisting there is nothing difficult or scary about riding a diving horse, even as she describes other girls who were hired but couldn't master the stunt. Even after losing her sight in a diving accident, Sonora never considers quitting. Her obvious love for her horses is the perfect answer to anyone who may suspect the horses were abused, or forced to dive. Sonora says the horses enjoyed performing, and the reader believes every word of her honest memoir. It's great to have this book back in print at a reasonable price, since battered used copies were scarce, and selling for $100 and up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. O on June 12, 2008
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A Girl and Five Brave HorsesThis is a very touching book of a woman and her exciting life. Sonora Carver has been an inspiration to many people. The republished book is as good as the original. My only problem with the republished book is the picture on the cover. It's not the original cover photo and the photo has nothing to do with a diving horse. Sonora was a great woman and I'm so glad that I now own my own copy of this wonderful book. I'm happy that others will discover the story of Sonora and the people who have wanted this book for so long will now have the opportunity to purchase it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nervous Girl on July 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is so good, and so inspiring. I was lucky enough to be able to get it from a nearby college.

They need to republish this book!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By countryside on December 17, 2010
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In some ways this is so much better than the movie Wild Hearts Can't be Broken. Loved the movie, but this gives so much more insight into Sonora's depth of character. Her love for the horses and their unique personalities, skills, and quirks came through loud and clear. It's also a personal look at a fascinating era in our country's history and some of the characters that were larger than life. Just a great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marsha B on August 19, 2011
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As a little girl I can still remember seeing the diving horses at the pier. What memories this book brought back! This is a must read for anyone who has ever loved horses! What a wonderful heartfelt story by Sonora Carver! Pick it up and you will not be able to put it down!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Brown on April 26, 2009
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After long last this book has been re-published. Previously, only the original edition from 1961 was available at completely unreasonable prices. This is a fantastic book that documents an exciting and unique part of Americana that no longer exists. The diving horses act was truly something spectacular and to hear about it from one of the most well-known diving girls is a priviledge. Consider yourselves lucky that this book is now once again available to inspire all people, young and old.
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