“Hangin’ With Winners” by Ray Cole with Rob Gray (left) and “Our Friend Sitting Bull” by Mary R. Christopher are two new books by Iowa authors.
Two newly published books that have landed on our to-read list:
“Our Friend Sitting Bull” by Mary R. Christopher (Ice Cube Press): This true story chronicles the unlikely friendship between the author’s great-grandparents, Lizze and George Dell, and Lakota Chief Sitting Bull. The Dells, who each came from Iowa farming families, married in 1883 in Cresco and moved to the western part of the Dakota Territory to start a cattle ranch. Several years later, the homesteaders met Sitting Bull, becoming friends with the famous leader even though they spoke different languages and came from different cultures—and despite the U.S. government’s efforts at the time to oust Native Americans from their homelands. Christopher, a fifth-generation Iowan, lives in Des Moines. This is her first book.