Lazy B

Lazy B

Growing up on A Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest

Book - 2002
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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? In this beautiful, illuminating, and unusual book, 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 reader 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 read about the daily adventures, the cattle drives and roundups, the cowboys and horses, the continual praying for rain and fixing of windmills, the values instilled by a self-reliant way of life, 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375507243
0375507248
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 347.73263 OCONNOR 2002
Characteristics: xiv, 318 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Day, H. Alan

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Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court in 1981 where she served until retiring in 2006. Her memoir details her childhood growing up on a remote ranch in eastern Arizona but does not go into any great detail about her life as a justice. However, what it does describe are ... Read More »

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? This is the story of the Day family and of growing up on the harsh yet beautiful land of th... Read More »


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PimaLib_StephanieM Jun 01, 2015

It was worth enduring the folksy and often repetetive narrative to get an intimate and honest glimpse of life on a cattle ranch in Arizona and New Mexico in the first half of the 20th century. O'Connor and her brother, H. Alan Day, make no attempt to glamorize or otherwise soften the harsh realities of ranch life. The book was obviously not edited much outside the Day family (thus the repetition and other editorial quirks) and I think this preserved the candid and affectionate quality of the narrative.

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