Nov 8, 201212:30 PMThe Telegraph
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Western Words: New Books For Nov. 8, 2012
Geronimo, by Robert M. Utley
Western historian Robert M. Utley is renowned for his outstanding biography of Sitting Bull (Sitting Bull: The Lance and the Shield). Now, he returns with an equally detailed biography of Geronimo, the first to be published since 1976.
Once again, Utley’s objective is to discover the real person within his culture, and to separate history from folklore and myth.
Devotees of Native American history should relish this well-researched account of Geronimo’s battles, his leadership, his genius for avoiding capture, and the 23 years he spent as a prisoner of war, when he became something of a celebrity.
Heart of a Texan, by Leigh Greenwood
For more than 25 years, Leigh Greenwood has been churning out western romances to an enthusiastic audience, in such popular series as “The Cowboys” and “Seven Brides.” Heart of a Texan is the new release in Greenwood’s “Night Riders” series, which focuses on a team of Confederate raiders carrying out missions behind enemy lines. You’d think that would be enough to keep them busy, but apparently even in war there’s time for love.
Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847, by Winston Groom
The Mexican-American War doesn’t have a defining moment that makes the history books — a D-day invasion or a Teddy Roosevelt charge up San Juan Hill. But this was a pivotal conflict in American history, and General Stephen Watts Kearny’s 2,000-mile expedition was one of the more fascinating episodes to emerge from this turbulent era.
Winston Groom’s book covers the time period when the United States doubled in size and expanded its borders from Atlantic to Pacific, while chronicling the conflicts between American, Mexican and Indian forces.
Houston Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Bayou City's Iconic Restaurants, by Arthur Meyer (author), Terry Vine (photographer)
Houston is known for its barbecue and Tex-Mex delights, but the city’s culinary heritage also includes more diverse and sophisticated cuisine, including the Italian specialties at Tony’s and the modern American dishes of chef Mark Cox.
Houston Chef’s Table gathers recipes from 70 dining establishments, including steaks, enchiladas, and dishes from Thai, Indian, Caribbean, Brazilian, and Turkish eateries. Terry Vine contributes the full-color, hunger-inducing photos.
For more recent book releases, check out last week's Western Words post.