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Sherman J. Alexie Jr. was born on October 7, 1966. His mother was Spokane Indian and his father was Coeur d'Alene Indian. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He decided to attend high school off the reservation where he knew he would get a better education. He näytä lisää was the only Indian at the school, and excelled academically as well as in sports. After high school, he attended Gonzaga University for two years before transferring to Washington State University, where he graduated with a degree in American studies. He received the Washington State Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship in 1991 and the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship in 1992. His collections of poetry included The Business of Fancydancing, First Indian on the Moon, The Summer of Black Widows, One Stick Song, and Face. His first collection of short stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, received a PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Book of Fiction and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award. His other short story collections included The Toughest Indian in the World, Ten Little Indians, and War Dances. His first novel, Reservation Blues, received the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize. His other novels included Indian Killer, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Flight. He won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction in 2018 for You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir. Alexie and Jim Boyd, a Colville Indian, collaborated on the album Reservation Blues, which contains the songs from the book of the same name. In 1997, Alexie collaborated with Chris Eyre, a Cheyenne/Arapaho Indian, on a film project inspired by Alexie's work, This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona, from the short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Smoke Signals debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1998, winning two awards: the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy. In 1999 the film received a Christopher Award. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Reservation Blues (1995) — Lyrics, Coyote Springs songs — 2,086 kappaletta
Flight (2007) 1,674 kappaletta
Indian Killer (1996) 1,416 kappaletta
Ten Little Indians (2003) 1,323 kappaletta
The Toughest Indian in the World (2000) 1,318 kappaletta
War Dances (2009) 880 kappaletta
Thunder Boy Jr. (2016) 782 kappaletta
First Indian on the Moon (1993) 182 kappaletta
One Stick Song (2000) 166 kappaletta
The Summer of Black Widows (1996) 164 kappaletta
Smoke Signals: A Screenplay (1998) 158 kappaletta
Face (2009) 115 kappaletta
Old Shirts & New Skins (1993) 113 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2015 (2015) — Toimittaja — 97 kappaletta
Smoke Signals [1998 film] (1993) — Tekijä — 87 kappaletta
The man who loves salmon (1998) 15 kappaletta
Dangerous Astronomy (2005) 15 kappaletta
Water flowing home : poems (1995) 9 kappaletta
Salmon Boy 3 kappaletta
Prairie Schooner (Winter 2012) (2013) 2 kappaletta
The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless (2010) 2 kappaletta
Indian Education 2 kappaletta
Superman and Me 1 kappale
“Captivity” 1 kappale
Three Poems 1 kappale
Matador Indio (1998) 1 kappale
Fire with Fire 1 kappale
Over ruggen van zalmen (2015) 1 kappale
Happy trails 1 kappale

Associated Works

McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (2002) — Avustaja — 1,472 kappaletta
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Avustaja — 1,135 kappaletta
The Living Dead (2008) — Avustaja — 919 kappaletta
Heart Berries: A Memoir (2018) — Johdanto, eräät painokset885 kappaletta
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Avustaja — 773 kappaletta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 751 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 2004 (2004) — Avustaja — 557 kappaletta
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Avustaja — 329 kappaletta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 (2010) — Avustaja — 304 kappaletta
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories (2015) — Avustaja — 290 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 1994 (1994) — Avustaja — 243 kappaletta
Granta 54: Best of Young American Novelists (1996) — Avustaja — 237 kappaletta
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (2007) — Avustaja — 214 kappaletta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 (2012) — Avustaja — 199 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 1996 (1996) — Avustaja — 170 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Avustaja — 167 kappaletta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 (2013) — Avustaja — 153 kappaletta
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) — Avustaja — 126 kappaletta
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection (2018) — Avustaja — 97 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2011 (2011) — Avustaja — 86 kappaletta
Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today (2005) — Avustaja — 85 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2012 (2012) — Avustaja — 84 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2013 (2013) — Avustaja — 82 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2014 (2014) — Avustaja — 81 kappaletta
Earth Song, Sky Spirit (1993) — Avustaja — 67 kappaletta
Eddie and the Cruisers (1980) — Johdanto, eräät painokset61 kappaletta
Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996) — Avustaja — 61 kappaletta
Song for the Horse Nation: Horses in Native American Cultures (2006) — Avustaja, eräät painokset59 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 50 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2017) — Avustaja — 53 kappaletta
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica (2003) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (1993) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Indian Country (2001) — Johdanto, eräät painokset19 kappaletta
Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing (2000) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Selected Shorts: New American Stories (2011) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
Visit teepee town : native writings after the detours (1999) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Durable Breath: Contemporary Native American Poetry (1994) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Humor Me: An Anthology of Humor by Writers of Color (2002) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Winter in the Blood [2013 film] (2015) — Producer — 2 kappaletta
Hebbes 4 — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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November 2017: Sherman Alexie, Monthly Author Reads (lokakuuta 2021)
(M101'12) The Business of Fancydancing, Sherman Alexie, World Reading Circle (tammikuu 2013)


The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian is told from the perspective a 14-year-old boy and thus it is a quick, breezy read. It is in turns very funny and very tragic. Our protagonist Arnold is an intriguing character, an Indian, born with severe health problems, who goes off the reservation to attend a white high school. Finding himself to be an outsider in both worlds, Arnold goes through many trials and travails until he finds a way to bridge that divide and become accepted in both worlds. The fantastic cartoons by Ellen Forney enhance the book and the story terrifically. Part-Time Indian is a very good book, fun, entertaining, thought-provoking, that showed to me a world of which I have very little knowledge.… (lisätietoja)
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LordSlaw | 797 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 20, 2024 |
What's novel about this collection of short stories is the way they explore the lived experiences of Native Americans (specifically, members of the Spokane tribe) in the modern world. Not to represent that the stories are particularly realistic - Alexie, exercising his prerogative as a writer, takes the liberty of placing his Native American characters in situations optimized to explore specific themes - but the challenges they face feel culturally and psychologically authentic.

Some of the tales deal explicitly with the struggle to integrate Native American traditions and values into the modern world, like the first story in the collection, "The Search Engine," in which a college student's pursuit of a Native American beatnik poet morphs into a modern-day vision quest. Or "Do Not Go Gentle," in which a Native American couple with a desperately ill child find comfort and healing in an extremely unusual totem. Or "Lawyer's League," in which an aspiring mixed-race lawyer weighs the extent to which he's going to need to compromise his pride in order to win the trust of an intolerant world. Or my favorite story in the collection, "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," in which a homeless Native American man goes on a quest to buy back his dignity (the stolen regalia of his grandmother, rediscovered in a pawn shop) but who is, in the end, saved by his own inherent dignity.

But others relate experiences that are more universal. For instance, in "Can I Get a Witness?" a woman who survives a terrorist explosion that forces her to confront her temptation to explode her entire life - who among us hasn't wondered what it would feel like to blow up everything we have and start over? In "The Life of Times of Estelle Walks Above", a young man struggles to accept that his mother could be both extraordinary and flawed. In "Do You Know Where I Am?" a man reflects on back on a marriage in which "contentment always ran slightly ahead of dissatisfaction". In "What Ever Happened to Frank Snake Church," a former high school basketball phenom struggles to cope with the grief of his parent's death and the gradual dissolution of his own dreams. Disappointment, frustration, grief ... themes that Alexie handles with a combination of deft storytelling, psychological integrity, and copious quantities of sarcasm, which may or may not be a Native American thing ("The two funniest tribes I've ever been around are Indians and Jews, so I guess that says something about the inherent humor of genocide" - a quote from "What I Pawn"), but is definitely an Alexie thing.

While the tales range from bitter to funny, poignant to heartbreaking, they collectively deliver an experience that feels fierce but wise (words I employ reluctantly, as skewering Native American archetypes is another Alexie specialty), dark but also hopeful.
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Dorritt | 24 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 17, 2024 |
This book is appropriate for primary readers.
This book is about a young boy who is unhappy with having the same name as his father and wants to have a name of his own.
This book is useful in teaching about how to read a book with text arranged in interesting ways.
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Kpasley | 110 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 11, 2024 |
This books tells a story of a young boy with the name Thunder Boy. Thinking it would be a very cool and unique name, but he is really just named after his father. He is very self-conscious of his name and hate its. As the book goes on the father finally gives him a new name, lightening. He got given this due to all of his accomplishments.

I think this book is great for a primary classroom. This book has themes of accepting oneself for who they are and the significance of names. Your name helps show the representations of what we have done in our life.… (lisätietoja)
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aubreysmithh222 | 110 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 11, 2024 |


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