Reading Recommendations: Where We Belong, a novel, Emily GriffinMarian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and a picture perfect relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door, only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen year old girl with a key to the past that Marian thought she'd locked away forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian's meticulously constructed world will be shaken to its core, resurrecting memories of a passionate young love affair that threatens everything that has come to define her. For the precious and headstrong Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the thres-hold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves. A place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.And, Empire of the Summer Moon, Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, S. C. GwynneS. C. Gwynne's Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker, and her mixed blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined just how and when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six. Full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches, increased by the invasion of their tribal lands. So effective were the Comanches that they forced the creation of the Texas Rangers and account for the advent of a new weapon specifically designed to fight them: the Six Gun.Against the backdrop Gwynne presents the compelling drama of Cynthia Ann Parker.Empire of the Summer Moon came out in 2010. After picking it up recently, I decided to mention it once more. So much of the book takes place in our area, at least concerning the Comanches.And, American Windmills, An Album of Historic Photographs, T. Lindsay Baker, Introduction by John CarterWindmills figured so prominently in the earlier days of our area. This is a beautifully done book, many photographs with narrative. It's a delightful book, just right to spend reading during an afternoon or evening.See you at Rylander!