Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, and Passion

Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, and Passion

by Melissa Holbrook Pierson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393322668
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 878,998
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Melissa Holbrook Pierson is the author of The Perfect Vehicle, The Place You Love Is Gone, Dark Horses and Black Beauties, and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing and The Secret History of Kindness. She lives in Shokan, New York.

Table of Contents

1.Time Machine11
3.Reason for Being27
5.Comp Lit47
6.Back Story57
8.Horse's Mouth75
10.Begin Again95
14.Ends of the Earth143
15.Learning Curve151
16.What Is This Thing Called161
18.Crack Forming175
21.The End203
23.We Are/Are Not215
25.Circle Right243
A Note on Readings253

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Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, and Passion 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished a quarter of it standing next to its shelf at a Barnes & Noble store - then I finished the next quarter of it sitting in the nearest chair there - I decided I had better bring it home to finish. Being an 'equestrian' and an author, I have read numerous equine books - this particular one managed to reach out, grab my soul, and gave it a good shaking. At one moment I've never felt so ashamed of my hypocritical self, and then on to the next moment of soaring in the possibility of feeling excited that there is a better future. Pierson does not hold back on pointing the finger of accusation out to all of us for wanting to domesticate so many things for our own selfish 'wants and needs.' She is right, they don't need us, WE need them. She pens horrific facts and figures that none of us will want to acknowledge as truth, although we know they are. Although she's been criticized for not following the marketing of the book (isn't the marketing supposed to follow the book?) towards women - I do not see these critics point. In every chapter there is reference to women - their love, the impact of their love (good and bad), and their history with animals/horses. Everyone should read this book - everyone should read this, heed it, and being willing to accept responsibility for the damage that we all have done - and don't blame Pierson for being the one to make us see, instead, thank her. Maybe if we really love something, we should let it go...
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first page of this book, I felt the author understood me and through her eloquence, I was able to convey my obsession with horses to others. I kept saying, 'This is me!' as I read the book. Like any 'addiction', I was both relieved and pleased that there are others out there like me. I laughed out loud and held back tears in front of total strangers (cried like a baby when alone) while reading this foray into the mystical hold that horses have over some of us. I performed a librarian's 'ultimate sin' and dog-eared pages. Later, I would read them aloud to family and friends, able to put into words how I felt about horses and ultimately, myself. As an adult 'horse freak', this is the most incredible book I have ever read about my obsession. I recommend it to anyone with that same unexplainable attraction. I will read it again.
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