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Publisher's Summary

What was it in Sandra Day O'Connor's background and early life that helped make her the woman she is today - the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and one of the most powerful women in America? Sandra Day O'Connor, with her brother Alan, tells the story of the Day family and of growing up on the harsh yet beautiful land of the Lazy B Ranch in Arizona. Laced throughout these stories about three generations of the Day family, and everyday life on the Lazy B, are the lessons Sandra and Alan learned about the world, about people, self-reliance, and survival, and the listener will learn how the values of the Lazy B shaped them and their lives. Sandra's grandfather first put some cattle on open grazing land in 1886, and the Lazy B developed and continued to prosper as Sandra's parents, who eloped and then lived on the Lazy B all their lives, carved out a frugal and happy life for themselves and their three children on the rugged frontier. As you hear about the daily adventures, the cattle drives and roundups, the cowboys and horses, you see how Sandra Day O'Connor grew up.
This fascinating glimpse of life in the American Southwest in the last century recounts an interesting time in our history, and gives us an enduring portrait of an independent young woman on the brink of becoming one of the most prominent figures in America today.
Listen to Sandra Day O'Connor talk about this book on C-SPAN's Booknotes.
©2002 Sandra Day O'Connor and H. Alan Day (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Random House Voices, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

"The authors' delight enhances this quiet account of a bygone era." (Publishers Weekly)
"This engaging memoir...paint[s] a loving but cleareyed portrait of a distinctive and vanished American way of life." (New York Times Book Review)
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4 out of 5 stars
By R. Strauss on 06-07-11

It's just like she said!

Sandra gives a first person account of life on a ranch in Arizona near the New Mexico border. It reminded me so much of my time there... She reads the book as well so you feel like your grandma is telling you stories about when she was little. I would recommend this book to anyone who misses their life on a ranch.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Shasta Brooks on 11-23-11

I wanted it to be good...

I really wanted this to be good. I am a big fan of Sandra Day O'Connor, but this was really bad. It was formulaic and seemed more like ramblings than a real story. It seemed strangely impersonal. For example she would say "here was this person. Here is their name. Here is what they were like. Here is what they taught me." I found it very boring and super frustrating. My husband was in the car with me for a long drive when we were listening to this book and after 6 chapters he started yelling, "Show don't tell!" It was so hard to listen to that we gave up about half way through. It is too bad. If the book had been written well it might have been interesting.

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