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"Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year" published July 1, 2011. Keep it locked here, at The Carryover or go to SUNY Press to order your copy ... right now! Or head on down to your favorite bookseller.

Praise for "Six Weeks in Saratoga"

“Going behind the scenes of three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra’s 2009 triumph … O’Meara makes her story gallop and gleam.” — Chronogram

“The [book] is one of enjoyable promise, and as the author recounts little moments and inside conversations, he provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of the figures he covers. The narrative keeps game pace with outside literary standards and features bursts of brilliance, and I found it a refreshing change from the selection of racing-themed volumes available today. As O’Meara brings his subjects to life, you find yourself thinking this is the kind of guy whose work I want to follow.” — Claire Novak, ESPN.com

“O’Meara … provide[s] a tremendous amount of detail from behind the scenes that the reader would not have otherwise enjoyed … Six Weeks is essentially a Rachel book, but it’s told without neglecting the always rich backdrop of a Saratoga meet. That means there’s history, surprises, characters (human and equine), great racing, foggy mornings and sun-splashed afternoons—plenty of material through which O’Meara could exercise his descriptive abilities.” — Schenectady Daily Gazette

“O’Meara fell for a magical place and magnificent horse, which is a lovely malady that often befalls horse people, and with a great deal of heart he tells us how and why. You’ll never forget his Six Weeks in Saratoga, either.” — Joe Drape, author of Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen

“Brendan O’Meara tells the story of this proud horse with verve and great historical insight. Six Weeks in Saratoga marks the debut of an exciting new talent.” — Wil Haygood, author of Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson

“Brendan O’Meara’s Six Weeks in Saratoga is a victory to be savored by those who treasure good writing in general and tales of the track in particular. Horses may win races, but they also win hearts as this impressive book proves beyond doubt. A memorable, sure-footed debut.” — Madeleine Blais, author of In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Carryover is upset

The Red Sox got swept. The Patriots were shutout in the second half and overtime in a loss to the Broncos.

Add to that this terribly grim story by Daniel Menaker about the state of the publishing business and you've got one unhappy blogger.

This is far from a pity call, so don't think that, but I would have a hard time telling college students that being a writer is a good career move. It is harder than hard to crack into (see the story, see me!), but also the newspaper and magazine business is so unnerving that one should go to law school or culinary school. Entry level newspaper work (sometimes not even entry level newspaper work), pays only $22,000 a year. With student loans, rent, car payments, cell phone, you name it, you simply cannot support yourself and this is after you committed four or five years of undergraduate study that was supposed create opportunity and modest prosperity. Don't you want a ROI?

I think guidance counselors and even parents would be wise to temper the enthusiasm that college is the gate key. It isn't.

Your mettle will be tested every second and perseverance stretched. How will you respond?

Hmmm, things would be easier if the Red Sox and Pats won. Or if the Yankees lost.


Anonymous said...

Keep you head up buddy! You'll only be alive for another 45 years or so!

Brendan O'Meara said...

That's awfully generous. I'd say I only have 25. You love me, you really, really love me.