The Secret Life Of Cowboys (2003) Bred in Chicago's suburbs, Tom Groneberg got hooked on horses during a summer stint at a dude ranch, and moved to Montana to indulge his… 2003-07-22 Nonfiction Scribner
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The Secret Life Of Cowboys (2003)

Tom Groneberg, The Secret Life of Cowboys | MOVING TO MONTANA Author Groneberg's vignettes convey his love of the West without resorting to false romanticism
MOVING TO MONTANA Author Groneberg's vignettes convey his love of the West without resorting to false romanticism
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Details Release Date: Jul 22, 2003; Writer: Tom Groneberg; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Scribner

Bred in Chicago's suburbs, Tom Groneberg got hooked on horses during a summer stint at a dude ranch, and moved to Montana to indulge his inner John Wayne. In The Secret Life of Cowboys, a series of eloquent vignettes, he describes the sounds and smells of the ranching routine (the stickiness of a calf birth, the persistent crying of a branding session) in a sharp, immediate tone that will lure even the most aloof city slicker: ''The whole world looks like a Copenhagen ad or a Marlboro commercial.'' And the whole world offers a primal and romantic thrill until it comes time to euthanize a sick animal or add up the bills. Groneberg brings poignant, sober honesty to a range where sentimentality and fear have no home.

Originally posted Jun 27, 2003 Published in issue #716-717 Jun 27, 2003 Order article reprints