The Christian Science Monitor

Why I’m not that girl in the book

Girl with draft horses in Johnson, Vt. Source: Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File

I never rode horses as a child. Not really. I took a pony ride here and there, and remember one year persuading my parents to send me to a day camp that offered a half-hour of riding in between the swimming and crafts. But I never took lessons. I never learned how to put on a saddle.

That didn’t stop me from collecting horse figurines, though, or from reading “Black Beauty,” “Misty of Chincoteague,” and “King of the Wind” over and over. I knew

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

Related Interests

More from The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor3 min read
‘The Parisian’ Is A Slow-burning Treat To Be Savored
Set in Paris and the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Isabella Hammad's debut novel ‘The Parisian’ contemplates issues of longing and belonging.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min readPolitics
As 2020 Field Balloons, Democrats Struggle To Emerge From Pack
The 23 Democratic presidential candidates are seeing the downsides to a big field. Some passed on Senate bids where they might have had better shots.
The Christian Science Monitor3 min readFood & Wine
In Which I Discover That Coleslaw Is Not So Simple
How hard could the recipe be, right? Five ingredients, the most obvious of which is cabbage.