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This is a book I've been meaning to read forever. Sounds absolutely wonderful. I'm also interested in reading Alexie's latest book.


What an interesting story! And I am very deficient when it comes to reading American Indian literature. Thank you for highlighting this one. It will definitely be added to my list.


It's really good and I highly recommend it! I think you will find it very engaging, too! Now I am also interested in his memoir. It sounds like he has had a really interesting life.


I can heartily recommend this one. I struggled with a novel by M. Momaday Scott, which I should really try and finish, but this would have been a better intro to Native American Lit.


I have a couple of titles for you, one a book of essays and one by a Canadian First People person. Both are excellent.

"The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native Peoples in North America" by Thomas King (2012). This is the book of essays written by King who is an eloquent English professor who is both Cherokee and Greek. Really good and includes First Peoples' history in both Canada and the US.

Another really good book of essays from another English professor who is a Native American (Lakota Pueblo tribe): "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit" by Leslie Marmon Silko (1996).

The other title is fiction, and is Canadian: Called "Indian Horse" by author Richard Wagamese (2012). This book was selected as part of the Canada Reads, and it's an amazing read.

Just a few ideas... :-)


I’ve heard good things about this book, and your review finally convinced me to add it to my TBR list ;). I haven't read much on this topic but coincidentally just picked up a wonderful looking book by Leslie Marmon Silko called Storyteller which “blends original short stories and poetry influenced by the traditional oral tales Silko heard growing up on the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico with autobiographical passages, folktales, and family memories and photographs.” I read a book of letters between Ms Silko and the poet James Wright that I liked very much and have been meaning to read more by her ever since.


Thanks, Liz, those are great ideas! I checked my library and we have the Silko in paper format and the other two as ebooks so I will check them out. Leslie Marmon Silko is on my list to read but I was not familiar with that book. Essays seem like a good way--a nice accessible introduction!


This is such a great story and I am sure you will like it--definitely one to add to the reading list. Did you see someone else (above) also recommended Leslie Marmon Silko--I will look Storyteller up. I know my library has some of her work and she seems like a 'must read' sort of author. I think I have Ceremony, though I have been a little hesitant to read her as I imagine her writing to be a little formidable. I think I have a few of James Wright's books, too. I hope to read more Native American lit next year!


Louise Erdrich writes books from a Native American perspective. I have read The Painted Drum and The Round House and really enjoyed them both.


I have never read Louise Erdrich but I look at her books all the time. Not sure why I have not yet quite picked one up but I do own several. Maybe I will see if I have either of the two you mention, but I suspect not. I know I have The Beet Queen and Love Medicine. Sigh. Another for the List...

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