In celebration of LSUP’s 80th anniversary the staff selected 80 of our most memorable titles. Adding to our “Around the Press in 80 Books” blog series, Financial Operations Manager Rebekah Brown writes about Molly the Pony.
It’s likely that there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of books written about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The preparation, the response, the way it changed Louisiana, Mississippi, and in fact the entire United States. There are stories of death and destruction, hope and redemption. As a publisher of quality academic works of scholarship, LSU Press has and will publish some of those books. But the one that won my heart and brings a smile to my face every time I read it is Molly the Pony: A True Story.
Abandoned and left to endure Hurricane Katrina in a south Louisiana barn, Molly not only survived, she went on to become a symbol of courage and hope. After the storm, she was rescued and adopted by a new family, suffered a terrible injury that led to amputation of a front leg, learned to walk with a prosthetic limb, and embarked on a new mission in life: making new friends and bringing her “extra smile” with her everywhere she goes. You see, Molly’s new hoof has the imprint of a smiley face on the bottom so she leaves her mark wherever she walks. And she leaves her mark in the hearts and minds of everyone who is inspired by this heartwarming story. The book’s design is pure genius, thanks to long-time LSU Press book designer Michelle A. Neustrom. Molly the Pony truly makes me smile!
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