Reading Recommendations: Down the Road and Around the Bend, San Saba County, Texas Tales by Mike Millican, Cover Illustration by Jane Feits MauldinI know Elsie Oliver Millican loves her three children Mike, Kay and Bob. Having been a teacher many years, she must be ever so proud of Mike and his production, Down the Road and Around the Bend.A true story, as Mike remembers, the tale of their family here in central Texas from E.E. Risien's arrival in San Saba County, his contribution and prominence to the pecan industry, from the maternal side of the family. When Elsie Oliver and Winston Millican were joined in marriage, the merger of two pioneer families took place. And the story of Down the Road and Around the Bend continues in Mike's down home style, living and growing up on the family ranch, with so many experiences I can't begin to mention here. Daily life at Bend, Colony, Camp Meeting, many names and characters you natives will recognize.Mike's loving dedication to his beloved wife Charlotte Ann, daughter Jill, and their children will melt your heart. I loved this book, you readers will love it too. I would call it a "Keepsake". What a tribute and history to a place and time we love so much.And, You Don't Want to Know, a mystery, Lisa JacksonIn Ava's dreams, her son Noah, looks just the way she remembers him: a sweet two year old in rolled up jeans and a red sweatshirt. When Ava wakes, the agonizing truth hits her all over again. Noah went missing two years ago, and his body has never been found. Almost everyone, including Ava's semi-estranged husband, Wyatt, assumes the boy drowned after falling off the dock near their Church Island home.Ava has spent most of the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, shattered by grief and unable to recall the details of Noah's disappearance. Now she's back at Neptune's Gate, the family estate she once intended to restore to its former grandeur. Slowly, her strength is returning. But as Ava's mind comes back into focus, her suspicions grow. Despite their apparent concern, Ava can't shake the feeling that her family, and her psychologist, know more than they are saying. But are they really worried for her well-being or anxious about what she might discover?Unwilling to trust those around her, Ava secretly visits a hypnotist to try and restore her memories. But the same visions and night terrors keep getting worse. Ava is sure she's heard Noah crying in the nursery, and glimpsed him walking near the dock. Is she losing her mind, or is Noah still alive? Ava won't stop until she gets answers, but the truth is more dangerous than she can imagine. And the price may be more than she ever thought to pay.And, you have been reading of the Commemeration to be held in San Saba on or around September 11th.The library will feature a display of books, both adult and for children, dealing with September 11th. I would like to list a few here for check-out: 102 Minutes, The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn; and Middletown, America, One Town's Passage from Trauma to Hope, Gail Sheehy. There are many more books available, for now and later.We must never forget those who gave so much.