Format: cd audiobook, 10 discs
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
What did you like about the book? What makes this audiobook even more interesting than it would be is the fact that it is read by the author. As Alexie tells the story of growing up on an Indian reservation near Spokane, Washington, at the center of the story is the death of his mother, Lillian, who was a quilter and the last to speak their tribal language. The personal insight into reservation life, Indian life should be must reading for all whites. Alexie is brutally honest, with a memory that is astounding. He seems to leave out nothing as he probes his often-contradictory emotions regarding the many extraordinary events of his life.
Anything you did not like about this book? I did feel that the book could have been a bit shorter after the first seven out of ten discs. Some feelings actually felt, to me, as being too private to spend so much time explaining.
To whom would you recommend this book? Sherman Alexie has written numerous books that include works of poetry so his following is large.
Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Audiobooks, autobiography
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you are following the career and writings of Sherman Alexie, then yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 7/5/2017