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 Lazy B, 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.
As students read about the trials and hardships of daily life on the Lazy B, the cattle drives and roundups, the cowboys and horses, the continual praying for rain, they will get a complete picture of 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 U.S. history, and paints a portrait of an independent young woman on the brink of becoming one of the most prominent figures in America today.
"Sandra Day O'Connor and her brother, H. Alan Day, have taken all the themes of the conventional Western narrative...and transposed them from the usual narrative of the isolated, rootless male figure of the Western into the story of three generations of a family and their relationship to an arid and beautiful expanse of land on the border between Arizona and New Mexico. It's the story of what the land taught them and what it takes to survive under extremes of drought and distance. This is a book for every reader, whether interested in conservation, history, family dynamics, [or] education...."
—Jill Ker Conway
Sandra Day O'Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, and attended college and law school at Stanford University. She has been married to John O'Connor since 1952, and they have three sons. Nominated by President Reagan as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, she took the oath of office on September 25, 1981, the first woman to do so.
H. Alan Day is a lifelong rancher who, after graduation from the University of Arizona, managed the Day ranch, the Lazy B, for thirty years. He also purchased and ran ranches in Nebraska and South Dakota, where he established a wild-horse sanctuary that, under contract with the U.S. government, cared for fifteen hundred wild horses. He lives in Tucson.
From the Hardcover edition.