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The Ride of Her Life

by Elizabeth Letts
# UV0892 Hardcover, 319 pages; 2021
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When it comes to salt-of-the-earth types, they don't get much saltier than Maine farmer Annie Wilkins. With impeccable moral and physical fortitude, a profound love for animals, and an endearing sense of humor, Wilkins was told, at the age of sixty-three in 1954, that she likely had only two years to live. Ever the optimist, Wilkins took this information in stride. She sold everything she owned (except for her dog, Depeche Toi), put on several layers of warm clothing, bought a horse named Tarzan, and rode west to fulfill a lifelong dream to see the Pacific Ocean. The Ride of Her Life shares the triumphant story of her journey, detailing all the surprises and hardships, joys and mishaps, and astounding human kindnesses she experienced along the way. This true story of the "last of the saddle tramps" is a nostalgic trot through a changing American landscape that's sure to bolster your faith in humanity. (CH)
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