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Pointing with Lips: A week in the life of a rez chick

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“It is rare that you come across a new voice as authentic as Dana Lone Hill. She writes with passion and determination about a side of America that few will ever see. But Lonehill takes you there with emotion and raw power. Pointing With Lips is a startling debut.” - Paul Harris, The Guardian

Sincere Strongheart is a modern day rez chick and single mother of three, living
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Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published March 7th 2014 by Blue Hand Books
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Aliette
Sep 10, 2016 Aliette rated it it was amazing
Not always an easy read (child abuse and addiction issues, among other subjects), but a deep, layered and wonderful one. Sincere, a single mother on a reservation, recounts a single week in which many things change for her--relationships with family, lovers, friends--in a distinctive and always lovely voice. The cast of characters is impressive: it's large and everyone manages to be both instantly recognisable and memorable. Recommended.
Fictionista Du Jour
To be perfectly transparent, the author is a friend of mine.

that being said, this is a bittersweet, beautiful, emotional character study.

I found it completely satisfying and wonderful, and laughed at how similar Indian and Mexican life is.

I loved every single flawed character in this story.

Pacing was excellent, plot superb. Now suffering from a story hangover, not ready to move on to the next book...
Barbikat60
Jan 07, 2016 Barbikat60 rated it it was amazing
The dysfunctional life of all the people in this book made me cry. I related to so much of it. I have eight years sober now and if I had any regrets about drinking, it was quickly removed after reading this book. I don't know how much of this is sensationalism on the part of the author. I am hoping that this story is about one particular family and that alcoholism isn't as rampant on reservations as the author is leading us to believe. I look forward to reading more from the author but I do hope ...more
Greg Olson
May 19, 2014 Greg Olson rated it really liked it
On the one hand, this is a light-hearted look at the day-to-day life of a single mother living in Pine Ridge, SD. On the other hand it is an unflinching, unsentimental, matter of fact look at the protagonist's slide into alcoholism and self destructive behavior. I appreciate the fact that Lone Hill avoids the "poverty porn" that permeates most writing about life on the Rez. I also appreciate her portrayal of family life. Dysfunctional though it may be, family is still family.
Miriam
This book was a required read for the Native American Novel course I'm taking for my English major. While it was slow moving, the characters were likable and realistic. I would have liked the ending to have been less abrupt, and I feel like most of the action, as well as the climax of the novel, took place in the last fifty pages - which, I think, was a factor in the slow-moving beginning. But, it was one of my favorites of the books we read for the class, and an unflinchingly told story.
Kelly
Mar 23, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
"Ain't gotta lie to kick it."

(Full disclosure: I received a free pdf copy of this book for review through Library Thing's Member Giveaway program. Also, trigger warning for discussions of rape, violence, and drug and alcohol use.)

Born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Dana Lone Hill offers us a glimpse inside "a week in the life of a rez chick" with her debut novel Pointing With Lips. We meet 32-year-old Sincere Strongheart - "Sis" for short - the titular "rez chick," j
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Melanie
Dec 07, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Amazing

Great book; definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to experience a different world. It is written in rez style.
Alison
Aug 10, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it
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Pine Ridge Reservation life unfiltered. The protagonist is flawed, but so very likable. She is a woman I would enjoy having a beer with-- tough but charming.

The novel could be said to use a thorough edit, but alternately one might read the tense-changes and grammar errors as part of the main character's persona. She tells the story in first person and comes across as smart but uneducated. A woman who could do so well for herself if only given a chance.

The ending was a bit abrupt. I won't spoil
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Fischwife
Aug 31, 2014 Fischwife rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining, frustrating, thought-provoking, and interesting read.

Dana Lone Hill is a good storyteller. Her characters were believable and likeable, in spite of their flaws.

The book could have used a good proof-read. There were times when errors made the text confusing. )These errors were not part of the characters' vernacular--those "errors" were clearly intentional and appropriate.) In spite of this, the book was readable, and the story moved along well.

I teach adults who have ret
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Kevin Sells
Dec 24, 2015 Kevin Sells rated it it was amazing
This one has all the bones in it.

This is one gritty, tell it like it is story. The sights, sounds and smells are right. The situations are real. The family dynamics are accurate. And the despair... The hopelessness... There's no exaggeration. If anything it's toned down a bit.
It brought back memories of sending my crews out every Monday morning to drive around and tally up broken windows in the HUD houses. Of how one year we went through 500 interior doors. Most of which had holes in them righ
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Michael Blackmore
Dec 22, 2014 Michael Blackmore rated it really liked it
Took me a while to get into it, but I was well rewarded by the time that happened. Good first book and I hope to see more by the author. It's often troubling and sometimes you want to shout some sense into the lead, which just shows how real some of the characters can feel.
Alexis
Aug 31, 2014 Alexis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: study
One of the best books I have read this year. Excellent characterization, believable characters, perfect sense of micro/macro movements, and extremely entertaining.

I am now suggesting this book to everyone I know.

Beautiful.
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