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text 2013-12-20 15:21
Amazon eBook Sale, Which I Can Now Pretend is a Gift I Had Planned All Along
The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend - Glenn Frankel

I heard a really interesting interview with the author of this book, which tells the story of the Fort Parker Massacre and the 1836 kidnapping of 9 year old Cynthia Ann Parker, as well as the 1956 film that was based on the incident. Parker was "rescued" when she was 34, but she didn't want to return, because she had married, had three children, and had spent more time as a member of her tribe than in "white society." The story is incredibly tragic because she no longer fit into the world she'd been taken from as a child, and she missed her children. Or so I interpret it from what I've read previously.

 

This was a perfect gift for my mother. When she lived in Oklahoma she'd taught elementary school, and one of her students was a descendant of Quanah Parker, one of Cynthia Ann's children and a famous leader. And we have many relatives living in east Texas, not far from the Fort Parker area. Plus I wanted to read it too, and at this price I could buy us both a copy. 

 

It's one of those books that I've only peeked at the writing, but am basing my purchase on how interesting the author interview was, and how well he presented the history. So I felt it was a good risk. I've managed to dig up that interview:

 

The Murky True Story Behind The Searchers

Slate Magazine, March 28, 2013 (audio soundcloud link on that page)

 

eBook link: The Searchers

Amazon US price currently: $2.99

 

If you're not interested in the book that audio gives an interesting account of the facts.

 

But now I'm back to the "so many books, so little time" delima and this book goes into the queue. (This is a problem that's not really a problem of course. But at least it's one problem I can fixate on and enjoy trying to solve.)

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review 2009-08-20 00:00
Ride The Wind: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker and the Last Days of the Comanche
Ride the Wind - Lucia St. Clair Robson This book was recommended by a good friend of mine, and she hasn't steered me wrong yet. This book will break your heart. First it will make you sick, then make you mad, then you will fall in love...then you will repeatedly feel like you've been run over by tanks. For the past three days, I have been hard put to set this down, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. It was kinda surreal reading it, because the story of Quanah Parker is pretty well known to me, I learned about him in various Oklahoma history classes growing up, and the mall I grew up going to is even in the city Cynthia Ann and Quanah are buried, and the mall is on the Quanah Parker by-pass.Going into a book about the Indians' dying way of live will of course be sad, but the utter hopelessness and heartbreak of this ending left me upset and even vaguely unsatisfied. I'm not saying that as a fault of the book-it is what actually happened.Anyway, even after having my heart broken at the end...I have to say it was worth it, this is a BEAUTIFULLY written story, and I will undoubtedly be picking it up again someday.
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review 1987-01-01 00:00
Tiger Eyes - Cynthia Parker Tiger Eyes - Cynthia Parker I read this in the 80's or 90's and all I remember is that I enjoyed it and had to read it several times. My sister and I fought over the book. However, our reading experience at that time was limited. I wish I still had the book but I think she took it. It was the typical 80's Harlequin romance- overbearing, forceful, powerful hero and misunderstood, weak knee, swooning heroine.LEARNING TO LOVE SHE FORGOT HER FEARIndia--home of the world's most eloquent monument to enduring love, the Taj Mahal.Even to seasoned newspaperwoman Julie Connell, India seemed an unlikely place to be tracking down international terrorists--especially when she found herself passionately involved with Jai Mishra, the fierce idealist people called the Tiger Prince.Jai was the first man ever to touch the woman in her as well as the caring journalist. Without his help, the story shed risked her life to write would come to nothing. And without his love, she would never again live life fully....
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