Multcolib Everybody Reads 2013 Picks: Sherman Alexie
Annotation:The Everybody Reads 2013 author is Sherman Alexie. The 11th annual community reading project will feature two works by one author: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, for young adults, and Ten Little Indians, a collection of short stories, for adults.
Annotation:This National Book Award winner is based on Alexie’s own experiences. The book chronicles the adolescence of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Trying to rise above the reservation life everyone expects him to live, Junior leaves his troubled school to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Annotation:Alexie’s acclaimed and bestselling collection of short stories includes nine poignant and emotionally resonant stories about Native Americans who find themselves at a personal and cultural crossroads.
Annotation:Alexie features an eccentric vintage clothes salesman who -- no longer attracted to his gorgeous wife -- pursues a married photographer from airport to airport.
Annotation:Combines 15 of the author's classic short stories with 15 new stories in an anthology that features tales involving donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, and marriage.
Annotation:Working from a carefully developed understanding of his place in an oppressed culture, he focuses on the need to tear down obstacles before nature tears them down.
Annotation:A powerful, fast and timely story of a troubled foster teenager -- a boy who is not a "legal" Indian because he was never claimed by his father -- who learns the true meaning of terror.
Annotation:In this darkly comic collection of 22 interlocked tales, Alexie brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation.
Annotation:Able to handle multiple perspectives and complex psychological subject matter with a humor that feeds readability; this collection of poetry and prose is as powerful and challenging as his previous excellent books.
Annotation:Based on the novel The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, it depicts two young Native Americans, Victor and Thomas, who leave their small town to retrieve the remains of Victor's father. Warm, poignant, profound, and very funny.
Annotation:A collection of love stories -- between parents and children, white people and Indians, movie stars and ordinary people. Witty, tender and fierce.
Annotation:A heartbreaking and hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large.