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Tom Groneberg

Born: 1966 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from University of Illinois.

Biography: Groneberg is an author who lived in Chicago for many years before deciding to move west. Besides writing books, he has written articles, essays and short stories that have appeared in ''Esquire'', ''Men's Health'', ''Best Life'', ''Men's Journal'', ''Sports Afield'', and he's a frequent contibutor to the award-winning ''Montana Quarterly'' and ''Big Sky Journal''.Groneberg has worked as a tour guide and cattle rancher. He currently lives in Montana.

  • Top Ten Editor's Pick ( Best Books of the Year (January Magazine Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer's Program Honor Book Award from the Montana Humanities Council Horizon Award from the Wyoming Arts Coucil

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Tom Groneberg on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  One good horse /
ISBN: 0743265181 OCLC: 893111867

Scribner, New York : 2014.

Since moving west over a decade ago, Tom Groneberg has worked with horses as a trail guide, as a ranch hand, and as the manager of his own ranch in Montana, but he has never owned a really good horse. Until, on an autumn night, in a warm barn under a blanket of snow, Blue is born. Soon, he will belong to Tom Groneberg. "If I had a good horse," writes Tom, "I could give it my life. I could ride it for years. We could grow old together." So begins this unique American love story about a man and his horse. In straightforward, poetic prose, Tom Groneberg chronicles the early successes and failures of trying to train Blue, earning the animal's trust, and saddling him for the first time. The experience is challenging, but ultimately rewarding for Tom. Through his relationship with the animal, he develops a deeper understanding of the land and his community, and of himself -- as a man, and as a husband and father. In a world in which horses are fast becoming nothing more than warm-blooded lawn ornaments, Tom still believes these animals are important in human lives. At its heart, One Good Horse is about the power of hope, the simple story of a horse and the way people connect with nature and with each other across the generations.

The Secret Life of Cowboys
ISBN: 9781416593249 OCLC: 1085231994

Scribner, New York : 2007.

The secret life of cowboys /
ISBN: 0806136502 OCLC: 54817124

University of Oklahoma Press, Norman : 2004.

The author recounts his post-college discovery that he wanted to be a cowboy, his early days as a poor ranch hand, his marriage and home in an unfinished log cabin, and his eventual attainment of a sprawling ranch.