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Laughing in the Hills [Paperback]

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This wonderful 1980 horse racing classic never loses its luster or charm. Author Bill Barich explores explores the day-to-day internal world of horse racing-- from the backside to the backstretch. This entertaining story of the lives and tribulations of various racetrack personalities is sure to extract every human emotion. The author's summer adventure after a family tragedy finds him living the life many diehard racing enthusiasts wish they could. Barich's adventure discovers more than he could ever imagine about something much bigger than racing-life itself.

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Barich debuted in 1980 with this magnificent meditation on horse-racing, yet the rich, full portrait he paints of the track and its colorful citizenry--human and hoofed--is only prelude to the work's enduring appeal. It is really a finely crafted memoir about loss and longing, renewal and affirmation.

Its opening is irresistible: "For me it did not begin with the horses. They came later, after a phone call and a simple statement of fact: Your mother has cancer." Barich copes with that horrible reality as best he can, losing his pain in the drama of the track, and finding himself in a pilgrimage through Renaissance literature and the memories of an earlier part of his life lived in Florence, Italy. If the combination seems a longshot at best, remember: the greater the odds, the better the pay-off, and Laughing in the Hills pays off staggeringly.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 7" Height: 10"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 25, 2007
Publisher   DRF Press
ISBN  1932910875  
ISBN13  9781932910872  

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More About Bill Barich

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bill Barich is the author of six previous books of fiction and nonfiction. Amazon lists "Laughing in the Hills "among its ten best sports books of the twentieth century, while "Sports Illustrated "calls it one of the 100 best of all time. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a frequent contributor to "The New Yorker," and a literary laureate of the San Francisco Public Library, having lived in the Bay Area for many years before moving to Dublin.

Bill Barich currently resides in San Anselmo, in the state of California.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs
2Books > Subjects > Sports > General
3Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Horses > Racing
4Books > Subjects > Sports > Miscellaneous > Essays

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A Masterpiece  Sep 2, 2008
Probably the most intelligent, well written book ever published on horse racing. To call it a "sports book" or even a racing book really misses the mark, for it certainly transcends that topic-while it includes gritty and and closely observed descriptions of track life, Barich ultimately portrays racing as a kind of metaphor for life. His unique insights and voice as a writer elevate this gem into the stratosphere of contemporary literature.
Behind the scenes  Nov 22, 2007
What a great book this is! Barich goes behind the scenes at the racetrack in his real life attempt to become a professional handicapper. On his journey, he interacts with the usual characters from the track and brings their personalities to life- their charms, their flaws, and their love of the game. If you ever think of making a life at the races, you should read this first.
Good view into the day to day racing world!  Apr 13, 2006
This book gives a very well written view into the day to day world of horse racing, only from behind the scenes with the common folks and common horses. It is one mans' summer adventure after a family tragedy to live the racing from betting to finding out all the Sport of Kings offered. The thoughts of the author as he went from day to day in this world was educational, calming, and realistic - including non-exciting. If you're looking for action, read "Seabisquit" or other more fast paced books about this area. If you're looking for the deep thoughts about the people, places, and things, you've found a winner. Cash it in!
Highly regarded sports book  Apr 7, 2006
This book was listed by this as one of the 10 Best Sports Books of the 20th Century. It was also chosen by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 sports books of all-time.
If it's by Bill Barich, it's worth its weight in gold  Nov 28, 2003
After I read Barich's New Yorker essay "At the Fountain," I (A) gave a copy to every one of my friends, and (B) pilgramiged to read and know the other published work of this amazing author.
'Laughing in the Hills' could have been about how beans are canned, and it would still be a classic. This book is in a class with the best of Constantine, Auster, and Hardy - and they should consider THEMselves lucky to be compared with Barich.

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