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The Ride of Her Life

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The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts
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Jul 06, 2021 | ISBN 9780593414064

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“Thanks to deeply sourced research and her own travels along Wilkins’ route, Letts vividly portrays an audacious woman whose optimism, courage, and good humor are to be marveled at and admired. Upbeat and touching, Wilkins’ story is the perfect pandemic escapist read.”Booklist (starred review)

“Letts (The Perfect Horse) inspires in this miraculous true story… Letts’s attention to detail and clear admiration of her ‘funny, quirky, and bold’ subject light up the narrative and make it hard to put down. This story has it all: bravery, determination, and a whole lot of heart.”Publishers Weekly

“This engaging folk-hero biography, which follows Wilkins throughout her grand adventure, also touches on the cultural history of mid-20th-century America…A heartwarming and nostalgic book to appeal to horse lovers and fans of the author’s previous books.”Kirkus Reviews

“Elizabeth Letts’s gift is that she makes you feel you are the one taking this trip: selecting your route from a gas station map, enduring awful weather and accidents, hearing the creak of the saddle and the roar of the trucks that pass you by. Best of all, you are the one who sees not a country divided and mean-spirited, but rather one full of people eager to console, to care for, and to celebrate the spirit of a woman who would not give up. This is a book we can enjoy always but especially need now.”—Elizabeth Berg, author of The Story of Arthur Truluv

“This poignant, inspiring story is not just about a woman choosing to live instead of die, but also about an America that no longer exists. Annie Wilkins will never leave your heart. Her determination and homespun common sense make her a heroine for the ages. And thanks to this remarkable book, she’ll never be forgotten again.”—Melanie Benjamin, author of The Children’s Blizzard

“Elizabeth Letts once again hits it out of the park with this triumphant historical tale of Annie Wilkins, ‘the last of the saddle tramps.’ A love story on so many levels—from the menagerie that was with her every step of the way, to the kindness of strangers who opened their homes to help Annie complete this ride of her life—this book will tear at your heartstrings from beginning to end. I loved it, and so will you!”—Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse

“Annie Wilkins was an American original, and The Ride of Her Life gives her the tribute she deserves. Elizabeth Letts has created an indelible account of hope, loyalty, generosity, and sheer grit—and the power of a woman doing something just because she wants to do it.”—Matthew Goodman, author of Eighty Days

“There is sly wisdom in Annie Wilkins’s simple journey: Keep faith in yourself and animals, trust in strangers, dismiss all the downers, and always live as if you just received a mortal diagnosis. Letts honors her subjects…with an author’s hand and a historian’s eye.”—Ken Ilgunas, author of Trespassing Across America

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