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Lazy B: Growing Up On a Cattle Ranch In the American Southwest

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

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H. Alan Day, Sandra Day O'Connor

We gave it a B-

The first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court was once very much at home on the range. O’Connor grew up on the Arizona-New Mexico border on her family’s Lazy B Ranch, home to 2,000 cows. Dad was a perfectionist who could fix anything (and there was always the medicinal ”dollop of Scotch or bourbon if all else failed”) and instilled a competitive spirit in his three offspring. Mom dispatched her backbreaking duties as a ranch wife while ”maintain[ing] her white skin, her good looks, and her well-dressed appearance.” Though the book — cowritten with O’Connor’s younger brother — can be as dry as a commissioned report, it’s also refreshingly free of pretense. And sprinkled throughout are tiny jewels, including fragments of letters between O’Connor’s courting parents that infuse her story with lively passion.