The Myth of the Mustang

November 13th, 2017 by cmcneil · Reviews

By Kaleigh Lawson

Imagine standing in the open prairie, feeling the wind whip your hair into a mess of tangles and staring out onto a heard of wild mustangs. Imagine tumbleweeds blowing across the dry sage-covered earth and seeing for miles out to the horizon. Imagine what the Wild West must have looked, sounded and smelled like.

Photo By Kaleigh Lawson

Photo By Kaleigh Lawson

Several years ago I was given the opportunity to visit the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota. It is places like this that have been giving homes for once wild horses to roam free again, and are working to keep the spirit and myth of our nation’s wild mustang alive. I have always been a lover of horses, but after visiting the sanctuary and meeting some of the hundreds of wild horses that call this 11,000-acre piece of land home, I have an even deeper fondness and passion for these majestic creatures. To me, it always seemed like they knew something I didn’t, and I think the mustangs I met in South Dakota certainly did.

While many of these horses are still very much wild and prefer to keep their distance from visitors (and actually only make an appearance from time to time), there were a handful that had grown fond of the humans who brought them in. We drove over rocky ground, through valleys and past creeks to find where many of the horses were grazing. I climbed out of the pickup truck and looked out over the horses. It was beautiful. To my surprise, some of the horses came up to greet me and nuzzle me with their noses. I was given a warning by our tour guide to not turn my back to one of the approaching mustangs as he was known to become jealous of other horses and could fight. I didn’t want to be in the middle of that.

Photo By Tim Davis

Photo By Tim Davis

In David Philipps’ Wild Horse Country, not only does he speak about the people who rescue many of the wild mustangs, he goes into extensive detail about the history and life of the Mustang. From their status and symbol among American’s to their conflict with ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He writes about their rise and fall, including the stint in American history where these wild horses were captured and used for dog food. We learn about the brave men and women who stood up and gave a voice for these animals and the still very present battle of how to maintain the bands of horses from overpopulating lands and finding a humane way to do so.

I thought the book did an excellent job sharing both sides of the issue. Even though I consider myself to be a wild horse advocate, I could still see where the ranchers were coming from. To a point (killing aside, of course). The book allows you to weigh, measure and determine your own opinion on the matter. If you are a horse lover, I caution you, after you listen to this book you’ll find yourself Google-ing how you can help, where you can donate, and where the issue currently stands today.

Photo By Kaleigh Lawson

Photo By Kaleigh Lawson

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Featured Audio Giveaway—November 2017—Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

November 1st, 2017 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

 

Read by Peter Berkrot, Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, and Piper Goodeve

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was. Read the full description.

“Ruth Emmie Lang’s prose has the earthy warmth of a campfire story, best enjoyed in the woods and under the stars. Her contemporary spin on the American folktale, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, bristles with charm and curiosity, and its oddball hero, Weylyn Grey, will make you want to follow him into the forest.” ―Winston GroomNew York Times bestselling author of Forrest Gump

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Featured Audio Giveaway – October 2017 — Her Body and Other Parties

October 4th, 2017 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Shortlisted for the National Book Award Fiction

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction. Read the full description.

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“Those of us who knew have been waiting for a Carmen Maria Machado collection for years. Her stories show us what we really love and fear.”
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Featured Audio Giveaway – September 2017 — A Sick Life

September 5th, 2017 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways


Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the most effervescent and soulful girl group anyone has seen since the Supremes,” five-time Grammy Award winning supergroup TLC has seen phenomenal fame and success. But backstage, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins has lived a dual life. Read the full description.

Watkins is the lead singer of the bestselling female group TLC, known for their singles, “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” “Creep,” and “Unpretty,” which all charted #1 on Billboard. Tionne is a national spokesperson for sickle cell disease. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Chase, and son, Chance.

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Featured Audio Giveaway – August 2017 — The Lauras

August 1st, 2017 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

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From the exceptionally gifted, Baileys Prize–nominated author Sara Taylor comes a dazzling new novel about youth, identity, and family secrets. Read the full description.

“Elegiac and beautifully observed. . . . It is such acute observations of her imaginary world that saw Taylor’s debut novel, The Shore, long listed for the Bailey’s prize, and it should be no great surprise to find her second novel following in its footsteps.”
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July 6th, 2017 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

“Every story [is] a formal surprise, smart and droll.” —Lydia Davis, The Times Literary Supplement 


Cleverly balancing the sensuous, the surreal, and the comical, Øyehaug achieves a playful familiarity with the absurd that never overreaches the needs of her stories. Full of characters who can’t help tying knots in themselves and each other, these tales make the world just a little more strange, and introduce a major international voice of searing vision, grace, and humor. Read the full description. Read by Heather Wilds.

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Featured Audio Giveaway – June 2017 — Stephen Florida

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“I’m pinned to the mat by this one.” —The Quivering Pen

Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Read the full description.

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May 1st, 2017 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Ordinary women in 1920s America. All they wanted was the chance to shine . . . Be careful what you wish for.

1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, paintingwatches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous—the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. Read the full description.

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In its heady evocation of everything from Haruki Murakami to Patricia Highsmith to Edith Wharton, Sympathy is utterly original—a thrilling tale of obsession, doubling, blood ties, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital age. Read the full description.

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Featured Audio Giveaway – March 2017 — The Whole Art of Detection

March 7th, 2017 by cmcneil · Featured Audio Giveaways

Lyndsay Faye’s best Sherlock Holmes tales, including two new works, are brought together in The Whole Art of Detection, a stunning collection that spans Holmes’s career, from self-taught young upstart to publicly lauded detective, both before and after his faked death over a Swiss waterfall in 1894. Read the full description.

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“There are mysteries here and razzle-dazzle deductions—Holmes privately calls some of them ‘parlor tricks’—but the real attraction is the power of these 15 stories to make the originals glow even brighter. For Holmesians to read, then treasure.” —Booklist Starred Review

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