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Born of a Navajo mother, Nasdijj met 11-year-old Awee while still mourning the loss of his own son. "AIDS had knocked him out," Nasdijj writes. "But Awee was a fighter. He always got back up again." Determined to help Awee in that fight, Nasdijj recounts the miseries of dealing with indifferent doctors and Indian-agency bureaucrats ("Anglos," he writes, "would never tolerate the kinds of limited options Indians have to live with every day"), of seeking avenues of relief from pain that lead into back alleys and other tortured lives, of finding reasons for hope against an ever-stronger enemy--one of whose most powerful guises, he tells us, is loneliness.
"Why would anyone sane adopt a child with AIDS?" Nasdijj writes, answering his own question: "Because one comes to you. Because you can." This tragic, beautifully written memoir encourages us all to do more. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have a difficult time believing that this book is not openly discussed as a hoax in the Amazon description. This is a shame. Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by annabelle
I read this book a few years ago as a publishers advance and it completely broke my heart. It ranks as one of my top 5 favorites. Read morePublished on January 30, 2006 by D. Garnsey
While it appears that memoirs that have been fabricated are now coming out of the woodwork, the knee jerk reaction that people have towards Million Little Pieces isn't really fair... Read morePublished on January 30, 2006 by Lucus Peters
I AGREE WITH THE OTHER REVIEWS THAT THIS BOOK IS WELL WRITTEN AND HEART WRENCHING. THE THING THAT REALLY BOTHERED ME WAS HIS CONSTANT REMARKS ABOUT HIS HATRED OF WHITE PEOPLE AS IF... Read morePublished on December 15, 2005 by Annette Sonnenberg
The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping is the first book I have read by Nasdijj. I was amazed! This book brought forth every imaginable emotion. Read morePublished on August 14, 2005 by R. Russoniello-Damaskos
this book is truly stunning. it's all the cliched-sounding things that others say it is. it's heart-breaking and beautiful, beautiful. Read morePublished on March 26, 2005 by grace tilton