We’re excited to announce the Statesman Selects pick for February is The Searchers by Glenn Frankel! We’re proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman to highlight one title each month that you shouldn’t miss. If it’s a Statesman Selects pick, you know it’s bound to be a good read. Pick up the Sunday edition of the Statesman on February 24 to read their feature review of The Searchers. Join us here at BookPeople on Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm when Glenn Frankel speaks about and signs his new book.
Director John Ford’s classic 1956 western “The Searchers”, starring John Wayne, was inspired by the story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by the Comanches in 1836 during a raid of Fort Parker in east Texas. She was nine years old at the time and subsequently raised by the tribe. Parker eventually became the wife of a Comanche warrior and mother of Quanah Parker, whose story S. C. Gwynne told in his bestselling book Empire of the Summer Moon. Twenty-four years after she was captured, Texas Rangers returned Parker to her white family.
In his book The Searchers, Glenn Frankel (who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his reporting on Israel and the Middle East for the Washington Post) begins with the Hollywood version of Cynthia Ann’s story and digs back to its origins, looking at both the myth, the movie and the documented history and analyzing why Ford’s film was so powerful.
If you read and loved Empire of the Summer Moon, we highly recommend The Searchers. Frankel is known for his riveting writing and has already received high praise from Publisher’s Weekly for his telling of this fascinating piece of Texas and American history.
And now for those of us who might not remember the movie quite so well, here’s the trailer for Ford’s version of Cynthia Ann Parker’s story.
The Searchers hits shelves on February 19. You can pre-order a signed copy now via our website.