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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Apr 14, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: memoir

Harper brought this home as a reading assignment for 10th grade Lit. He was so enthralled, I read it as well. Alexie, who now lives in Seattle, tells of life growing up on an Indian reservation near Spokane. His stories, which are often delivered with dry, ironic wit, if not straight-out hilarity, also reveal the pain and confusion of growing up in a world of abject poverty, alcohol abuse and loss. In the face of that, it's the stories that seem to be able to bring all the characters to life. In addition to the book, I've been to one of Alexie's author readings here in Seattle, and he is hands down the funniest author I've ever heard. This book is not just for teens. I hope you'll give it a try.

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