Patron Recommendation ~ The Eighty Dollar Champion

Publisher’s Summary:
When Harry de Leyer first spotted Snowman, the future jumping champion was a scarred plow-horse being toted away to the slaughterhouse. Something about this regal outcast attracted the Dutch immigrant’s attention; he bought the horse for eighty dollars. He later sold him, but Snowman would not stay away; clearing six-foot high fences, he returned again and again to Harry’s Long Island farm. Realizing for the first time what he had, de Leyer trained this easy-going horse to become the world beater he was. A perfect fit for fans of Seabiscuit. ”

Patron comment: This is a great book if you like stories about horses and families. It’s a great book even if you aren’t into horses.”

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If you’ve read The Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts, you may want to try:

  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
    “Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.” [Check the catalog for availability]
  • The Horse That God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat by Lawrence Scanlan
    “The story of Secretariat, the legendary Triple Crown winner whose record-breaking accomplishments in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes have never been equaled, is seen through the perspective of the bond between the horse and his African-American groom, Eddie Sweat.” [Check the catalog for availability]

  • Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
    “Middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan and miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. In a rare test of endurance, Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. ” [Check the catalog for availability]
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