Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle was a best-selling book by Walls that left people intrigued and appalled. Focused on her own childhood, The Glass Castle showcased a family that was nomadic and anything but normal.
The author's grandma grew up on ranches in West Texas and then Arizona, and not only is this book a great reading of that ranch life, but also some cultural exposure to the rugged Southwest, an area and history that I don't think gets a lot of attention. A teacher, an independent thinker, and a feisty, feisty woman, Lily Casey Smith, in a way, epitomizes what you might picture as a ranch woman. Walls does a great job of giving Lily a voice, recalling her memory of her grandmother. It's also a great prequel to The Glass Castle, in understanding how Rose Mary Walls becomes such a free spirit.