Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, a Family Memoir

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Arcade Publishing
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6.3 X 9.0 X 1.1 inches | 1.18 pounds

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About the Author

Christine Hemp lives on Washington's Olympic Peninsula with two horses, two cats, and one husband. She is the author of That Fall and has aired her essays and poetry on NPR. She teaches at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival and Hugo House. She can be found on www.christinehemp.com


"This memoir seems written directly from Hemp's soul, as she beautifully shares her moving story of learning to love and trust again after loss." --Booklist

"Exceptionally well written, inherently fascinating, impressively candid, ultimately inspiring, and related in a thoroughly reader engaging narrative storytelling style by a writer with a gift for conversational expression." -- Midwest Book Review

"Wild Ride Home is a book of kindness, compassion, love and resilience. I fell in love many times reading this book; first with Hemp's family, then with her trainer, Ken and finally with Hemp herself. In learning to listen and respond to her horse, Buddy, Ken leads Hemp on a magical journey of self-discovery that enriches both the reader and Hemp at the same time. One of the best rides you'll ever take! " -- Susan Richards, author of the national bestseller, Chosen by a Horse

"Wild Ride Home is a gorgeous, compassionate exploration of life, loss, and love. Hemp dives deep, with clear eyes and a strong heart, into the events in our lives that could make us fall, and shows us how to stand up, be still, and draw the power into ourselves." -- New York Times-bestseller Erica Bauermeister, author of The Scent Keeper

"Poet Hemp's debut memoir fluently combines multiple story lines into a coherent whole...A well-told story of embracing life's struggles that is perfect for horse lovers or those who have personal experience with cancer or Alzheimer's."--Library Journal

"'To fall in love with a horse, really, is to fall in love with a body.' Tender and contemplative, Christine Hemp's memoir offers an intimate gaze into the essential place of loving in our lives, the ways people and animals are broken, then come to trust one another and find the courage to mend. The irresistible trickster Buddy steals the show."
-- Rikki Ducornet, author of The Deep Zoo

"How is it possible to read a book with so much death in it and so much joy? Here is a family of people who look life straight in the eyes, a horse who runs circles around sorrow so that sorrow itself laughs out loud, and a writer who is such good company I never wanted the book to end."
--Marie Howe, New York State Poet Laureate 2012-2014 and author of The Good Thief, What the Living Do, and Kingdom of Ordinary Time, and Magdalene

"WILD RIDE HOME held me spellbound. I came out of this beautiful book really aware, in a visceral way, of all that life holds in store for us, both the wonderful and the tragic, and of how a melding of these inevitable experiences can (and should) make us stronger. There is joy if only we can see, taste, feel, and grasp it. I think of Christine Hemp's poem in a rocket ship traveling millions of miles into outer space, and it would be wonderful if this memoir could travel around the earth helping us all to understand that, in the final analysis--no matter what--life is magical. This story gives me the sense that I, too, can deal with whatever when the time comes. At the end of WILD RIDE HOME my reaction is to say, "L'chaim."
--John Nichols, author of "The Milagro Beanfield War"