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Mestengo: A Wild Mustang, a Writer on the Run, and the Power of the Unexpected
     

Mestengo: A Wild Mustang, a Writer on the Run, and the Power of the Unexpected

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by Melinda Roth
 

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Exhausted by her job as a political press secretary, Melinda Roth found the courage to escape. Her goal: a simpler life in rural Illinois that would let her pursue her passion for writing. But then real life intervened. A fire at a neighboring farm and a misinterpreted gesture of kindness transformed her into the reluctant caretaker of a homeless menagerie of

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Exhausted by her job as a political press secretary, Melinda Roth found the courage to escape. Her goal: a simpler life in rural Illinois that would let her pursue her passion for writing. But then real life intervened. A fire at a neighboring farm and a misinterpreted gesture of kindness transformed her into the reluctant caretaker of a homeless menagerie of animals. Roth, coauthor of the New York Times-bestseller From Baghdad with Love, writes vividly, movingly, and often humorously of the chaos that descended into her life. One of her new tenants was a wild mustang, broken but not bowed, his restless spirit propelling him to escape the fences and pens that enclosed him—a far different life than before he was violently captured by a government-sponsored "round-up." Ultimately these two fiercely independent characters each provide the catalyst for the other's life-changing and life-affirming decisions. Mestengo is a captivating, emotional account that taps into readers' love of animals: Marley and Me meets The Horse Whisperer. An entertaining and delightful read, it is a cinematic, sometimes tense, but always beautiful story of the power of healing.

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Critical acclaim for From Baghdad with Love:"Heartwarming." —USA Today"A tale of radiant joy ... that eschews sentimentality. ... The story of Lava's journey out of Iraq is exciting, but it's to Kopelman and Roth's credit that it's not nearly as harrowing as the story of what the dog left behind." —Publishers Weekly"Not just a seasonal heart-warmer. It is a provocative examination of an issue that resonates deeply." in the wake of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay: Do 'softer' values, such as mercy for the weak, sabotage military morale or strengthen it?" —Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762790197
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/08/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Melinda Roth is the author of The Man Who Talks to Dogs, a former award-winning political journalist, and a former Capitol Hill press secretary. She co-wrote the international bestseller From Baghdad with Love (Lyons, 2006) and Don't Dump the Dog and also worked on the bestselling Wesley the Owl.

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Mestengo: A Wild Mustang, a Writer on the Run, and the Power of the Unexpected 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
canteron More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  It is so funny at I was laughing outloud!  I have been a horse person since I was 6 yo & at 66 I still ride.  Her revelations about horses, chickens, goats, sheep etc were hysterical.  Some observations were new to me but made absolute sense.  I will look for her other books! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I initially bought this book because I've enjoyed the author's previous work. I was swept up by the Mustangs' story. how they came to be and our country's policies on Mustang round ups. It was educational but somehow she managed to set up as a well developed story line. I bounced between laughing at the trial and tribulations of country farm life and crying about the thoughtlessness that's put into the BLM and Mustang treatment. I highly recommend this to any and all readers looking for a good book.
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JAEJE More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud at the adventures experienced by Melinda Roth's transition from a highly stressed-out Washington D.C. press secretary to a farm owner dealing with the unexpected inheritance of many and varied farm animals--including a very abused wild mustang. Her dream of a year away to write a book turned into a year of researching how to take care of pregnant sheep and keeping 2 stallions from killing each other. She also discovered how the BLM was mismanaging the wild mustangs in the west--which made me want to scream and yell at the abuse being done to these beautiful horses. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story and a must read for anyone who's loved an animal. The way she weaves political history and facts into her own personal experiences with this wild horse was very well-done. I appreciate having had my eyes open to something that shouldn't be kept secret from the American public. Really great book and I intend to recommend it to many others!
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
A great story by a city slicker who hides out in the country to write that first novel.  While I first laughed at the antics of the first-time farmer, if one could call Roth through her place in this novel, my laughter quickly turned to concerned animal lover and wild mustang enthusiast. Roth had a lot of information on the plight of the American Mustang that I glossed over, being knowledgeable about the cruelty that has befallen our beloved western icons as well as the unconcerned nature that most of our public - and especially our government - shows these beloved horses. Nevertheless, I applaud Roth by writing about and becoming a champion of these western horses and hope that others will help with this cause. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago