Book Review of
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.
Lazy B by Sandra Day O’Connor is a look at the childhood of a well known name in American politics. The reality is that where you come from and what you go through shapes who you are and what you become. If you look at the lives of most successful people, you will be amazed at what they have come through. Our challenges and struggles make us stronger.
Sandra Day O’Connor grew up in an extremely desolate, out of the way place, in the American west. She grew up in the dusty, dry, harsh, beautiful, middle of nowhere part of southern Arizona. Lazy B covers three generations of living and surviving on a ranch in Arizona. It covers the life and people of the American West in a narrative way sharing what that life taught them, and how it shaped them.
This is a great book for those that love nonfiction, multi generational, adventure type of books. You may not agree with the politics of Sandra Day O’Conner, but her childhood shaped her and helped her become the first women to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.