Half Broke Horses, by Jeanette Walls, is a fictionalized account of her grandmother's life in New Mexico and Arizona during the first half of the 20th century. Lily Casey Smith learned to break horses as a child. She learned many other skills living with her family on remote ranches and teaching (at the age of 15) in areas where no one else was willing to teach. Although she struck me as an overly harsh mother, she certainly understood the necessity of instilling toughness in her children.
My rating: **** (out of 5)