Pierce Burns brings us the true story of his family during the Depression years in West Texas. The family ranch, begun in 1873 by his grandfather, is the center for young Burns, who spends much of his childhood helping his family save the ranch through those trying years. While the majority of the book deals with issues the family faces during the Depression, it is not a depressing story. The narrative is rich in family history, full of struggles, joy and sadness. Through Burns’s prose, the reader gets to know this family during good times and bad. A Few Good Horses is heartfelt and well written.