Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest

Abridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2002

Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes

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? 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.

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  • Anonymous

    We really enjoyed this book. At first I was a little reluctant to order it because I'm not into politics and could care less about the main character - but this book is fantastic. You really get into the farm life and descriptions; many emotions are evoked throughout; and the family history is simply amazing. I wished I were part of the family, growing up on the Lazy B.

  • Sanjay Singhal

    I thought this was going to talk about O'Connors life as a justice, but its rather a look at the dusty, lazy life she grew up in, as a kid in the mid-west, living the life of a cowboy/girl. I started enjoying it as I got caught up in the narrative about life in the 1930's and 40's. But it took me forever to finish the audiobook. I kept wanting to listen to music instead.