1. Comanches: The Destruction of a People (T.H. Fehrenbach; De Capo Press): A highly readable, unflinchingly brutal history of the Comanche.  (Republished as Comanches: The History of a People.)

2. Crazy Horse (Mari Sandoz; Bison Books): A complex biography of the revered Lakota holy man.

3. Ceremony (Leslie Marmon Silko; Penguin Books): Hypnotic, beautifully written, Silko’s haunting novel will take up residence in your soul.

4. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Sherman Alexie; Grove Press): An introduction to one of our finest contemporary writers, Alexie’s stories are full of wit, irony, humor and feeling.

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie; Little Brown Books for Young Readers): My favorite nephew’s favorite book, and one of my favorites too.


—Diana Ossana, co-screenwriter of the upcoming film adaptation of S.C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon (Warner Bros. Pictures) and of Paulette Giles’s The Color of Lightning (Fox)

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