Trinity University Press

Love Deeper Than a River

My Life in San Antonio

Lila Banks Cockrell (author), Catherine Nixon Cooke (author), Henry Cisneros (foreword)

The memoir of a beloved San Antonio public servant

Lila Banks Cockrell has been an important voice in San Antonio politics and public life for more than six decades. In Love Deeper Than a River, she recalls her life as a public servant in the city she loves and, as member of the Greatest Generation, recounts how coming of age during Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II, and the burgeoning civil rights movement influenced her political views and kindled her passion to serve her country and community.

Love Deeper Than a River details the era of Cockrell’s life that many San Antonians are familiar with, including her four terms as the first woman mayor of San Antonio, between 1975 and 1991, and her service on countless municipal commissions, civic boards, foundations, and conservancies in the 1990s and into the early twenty-first century. Her life stands as an inspiration for everyone, including new generations of civic leaders.


“While the book serves as a handy history of San Antonio’s emergence onto the national stage, it also suggests how modern politicians at all levels may find a way past the tribal politics that often paralyze their ability to govern.”

San Antonio Express-News

“Lila Cockrell's influence on the Alamo City runs far deeper than just the San Antonio River. After her city council years, to the time she became the city's first woman Mayor, Ms. Cockrell's persuasive personality helped her to make a real difference in our community.”

Texas Public Radio

Love Deeper Than a River cover
  • Price: $18.95
  • Pages: 312
  • Published: Feb 2020
  • Status: Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 9781595349118
  • B&W photos: 55
  • Price: $22.95
  • Pages: 312
  • Size: 7.5 x 5.5
  • Published: Jan 2019
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595348876
  • Illustrations: 55
  • Price: $22.95
  • Published: Jan 2019
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595348883


Memoir, Politics, Regional, Texas