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House Made of Dawn (P.S.)
I always find it interesting that authors who write such opaque prose are lauded as great writers. Isn't the point of great writing to make it easier for the reader to live in the world the author …
reviewed Vermilion Drift: A Novel. January 15, 2011
Vermilion Drift: A Novel
Former sheriff Cork O'Connor his hired to look for Lauren Cavanaugh by her brother, Max. Max is the owner of the Great North Mining Company and Vermilion One is one of the deepest mines. It is being …
reviewed Boundary Waters. November 29, 2010
Boundary Waters is a canoe area on the Canadian/American border in Minnesota.      Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff in Aurora, Minn, is asked to find a young country and western …
posted a Quick Tip about One Thousand White Women: The Journal.... November 10, 2010
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
An interesting story based on the intriguing alternate history premise that in 1854 at a peace conference held at Fort Laramie, a prominent Cheyenne chief had the temerity (or so the white US Army negotiators …
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
Every once in a very long while, I am privileged to read a novel that is so compelling, so breathtaking and so utterly absorbing that I find myself holding my breath in awe as I turn the final page. "One …
reviewed Vermilion Drift: A Novel. September 08, 2010
Vermilion Drift: A Novel
Kent Krueger's newest book in the Cork O'Connor series---Vermilion Drift---is one of those novels that bring out not just the love of a good mystery, but a searching for self message that all of us can …
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History
I originally read this book back in my freshman year of college for an American history class.  I wasn't expecting or prepared for what I read.  I was, perhaps naively, expecting something …
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I love this book!  I think it is smart and funny, while also allowing for the exploration of weighty and tough racial identity issues.  Graphics interspersed throughout the novel are loved …
reviewed Island of the Blue Dolphins. July 18, 2010
Scott O'dell Island of the Blue Dolphins
The Island of the Blue Dolphins was one of my favorite books as a child and upon reading it again as an adult I discovered that it is still by far one of my most loved books.  The story is one of …
posted a Quick Tip about Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Ind.... June 24, 2010
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History
What an awesome alternate history compilation. Anyone who wants to see the other side of the Old West, the other side of cowboys and indians, this is a must read. It's a bit slanted against the white-man, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-T.... June 21, 2010
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
a fantastic novel
posted a Quick Tip about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-T.... June 19, 2010
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
good
reviewed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-T.... June 18, 2010
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
This is actually not Alexie's first novel, but his first novel for young adults. It’s the semi-autobiographical story of a Spokane Indian boy named Arnold, and his decision to attend a …
Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal,
Two Old Women is a short story based on a legend from the Athabaskan Indians in Alaska. It is a tale of two old women being abandoned by their tribe in the dead of a harsh and unforgiving winter because …
reviewed Ohlone. January 11, 2010
Federally Listed Ohlone (Not)
 I just couldn't let this go by. I have lived in Ohlone territory (San Francisco Bay Area) for 20 years and I know a little of the decades-long struggle the Ohlone People have had to have their status …
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Pros: Different; humorous; emotional; appealing to many ages and types; true-to-life     Cons: May not be totally appealing or appropriate for younger tweens or children     …
reviewed Wind Dancer: A Novel. April 22, 2009
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Wind Dancer
Wind Dancer by Jamie Carie is a sexy, but faithful historical romance. Isabelle Renoir was raised unusually  in Colonial America. She knows how to fire a rifle, loves the outdoors, and refuses to …
reviewed Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Ind.... March 26, 2009
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History
The strength of "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" is also its weakness: Its commitment to telling an ugly truth about American history so searing as to become numbing after a while.    It's …
reviewed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-T.... December 28, 2008
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I wish it was possible to give a book six stars on Amazon. Or ten stars. Or a hundred stars. Not for just any book, mind you; only for those that pack such emotional wallop, humor, and writing into them …
reviewed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-T.... December 04, 2008
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Junior is just another unlucky kid living on an Indian reservation, but unfortunately, he's even unluckier than most. He was born with brain damage and a strangely disproportioned body, which causes him …
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History
Weight of evidence builds to the sad but inescapable conclusion of Wounded Knee. Brown lays to rest any romantic notions of misunderstood white paternalism toward Native Americans, and leaves the reader …
The 13 Original Clan Mothers: Your Sacred Path to
Pros: Everything     Cons: Nothing      The Bottom Line: There is a wealth of wisdom here for the taking no matter who you are or where you are in Life.     …
reviewed Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My.... September 15, 2006
Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life
Part travelogue, part coming-of-age story, a bit of a sociological study, and entirely a memoir of a woman's encounter with the unknown, "Vanished Arizona" is an introduction to a world most of us only …
reviewed 1491: New Revelations of the Americas.... February 27, 2006
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before
Mann's fascinating exploration of pre-Columbian America finds a very different world than the one we learned about in high school - and the one still taught to students today. Rather than a sparsely populated …
reviewed 1491: New Revelations of the Americas.... December 19, 2005
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before
Charles C. Mann does a masterful job of pulling together contemporary theories of the Americas before Columbus. He does it in an accessible style so even the unsophisticated layperson can enjoy this wonderful …
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