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Western Words: New Books For November 20, 2012

Nov 20, 2012 - 11:14 AM
Western Words: New Books For November 20, 2012

Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You, by Dolly Parton 

In 2009, Dolly Parton delivered the commencement address at the University of Tennessee. The speech became a sensation and has been viewed by more than 300,000 people on YouTube.

In Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You, the actress, theme park mogul and country music hall-of-famer expands upon the ideas she introduced in her address, and how they relate to her own beliefs in the achievement of personal and professional goals. Sometimes it’s the simplest advice that resonates most, and Parton’s philosophy of “dream more, learn more, care more and be more” can be helpful to anyone, even if you haven’t sold more than 100 million records.

 

Yellowstone National Park: Past & Present, by Suzanne Silverthorn, I-ting Chiang 

Yellowstone, established in 1872, was one of America’s first national parks. It became one at a time when the entire national park concept was new, and there were no guidelines yet in place to establish how the land could be used, or what visitors could and could not do within its borders. Authors Suzanne Silverthorn and I-ting Chiang combine current photos of Yellowstone’s geysers, waterfalls and wildlife, with vintage images of those who visited by stagecoach and train, when that was the only way to get there. After discovering what the park’s first tourists had to endure to visit one of America’s most extraordinary natural wonders, you may not complain as much about your next flight delay.

 

Honne, the Spirit of the Chehalis: The Indian Interpretation of the Origin of the People and Animals, by George Sanders

For centuries, Native Americans preserved an oral storytelling tradition that included tales of how the world began, how animals were created, and what awaits us in the next world. Many of these stories were never shared outside the tribal community.

Katherine Van Winkle Palmer, the daughter of a doctor in Tacoma, Washington, began collecting the stories she heard from the Salish tribe, and they have been woven together into one stirring narrative by Cheahlis tribe member George Sanders. Honne, The Spirit of the Chehalis includes tales of how spirit beings became different animal species, how a bear and ant apportioned day and night, and how humans learned to hunt, cook and prepare for the afterworld.

 

The Bayous of Houston, by James L. Sipes, Matthew K. Zeve

When people think of coastal cities, they usually focus only on those east and west. But Houston is home to one of the busiest ports in not only the US but in the entire world. The Bayous of Houston tells the story of the city’s founding and evolution into the fourth largest city in the United States. From brothers John K. and Augustus Allen’s acquisition of the Buffalo and White Oak Bayou lands (for the grand sum of $5,000) to the straightening and widening of the bayous to accommodate the ever-growing number of ships, authors James L. Sipes and Matthew K. Zeve explore how the prosperity of the city is inextricably linked with its bustling coastline.

 

Rocky Mountain Gardener's Handbook: All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant & Maintain a Rocky Mountain Garden, by John Cretti and Mary Ann Newcomer

Two gardening experts share their tips for choosing, planting, and growing flora that will thrive not only in the Rocky Mountain areas of Colorado, but throughout the mountain time zone from Utah and Idaho to Montana and Wyoming. Whether it is a plant selected for its flowering beauty or edibles that will wind up in a salad, John Cretti and Mary Ann Newcomer offer a one-stop source for creating the ultimate Rocky Mountain garden.


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