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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by [Sherman Alexie]
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An Amazon editors' Top 20 books of the year
A Washington Post Best Book of the year
An LA Times Best Book of of the year
An NPR Best Book of the Year

Also named a Best Book Of the Year by Library Journal, The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, Bookpage and The Millions

"With brazen honesty and humor throughout, Alexie writes about the many facets of his mother and her addiction's effect on his family and childhood."
Jarry Lee, BuzzFeed, "22 Exciting New Books You Need to Read This Summer"

"Blends poetry and prose, and varies widely in tone as he explores old memories and new grief."
Entertainment Weekly, Summer's 20 Must Read Books

"He specifically focuses on his late mother, showing the many sides of her multifaceted character through dozens of poignant poems and essays. Their relationship is as complicated as Alexie's stories are enthralling."
Stephanie Topacio Long, Bustle, 14 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in June 2017

"Sherman Alexie makes poetry out of the darkest parts of his (and his mother's) life... It's all a mighty attempt to understand who his mother was, who she is to him, and how to make peace with her."
Jaime Green, Google Play, Summer Reading

"There's straight personal history here, as well as fable, poetry, and raw and mordant accounts of life....Unexpected revelations are a constant throughout this memoir"
Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "Fresh Air", 6 Books That Will Carry You Away

"Resonant and occasionally gut-wrenching."
Entertainment Weekly

"Evident throughout are humor and rage, respect and loving irreverence."
Oprah Magazine

"The overwhelming takeaway from Mr. Alexie's memoir is triumph, that of one writer's ability to overcome hardscrabble roots, medical bad luck and generations of systemic racism--all through an uncommon command of language and metaphor."
James Yeh, New York Times --This text refers to the audioCD edition. Review

An Amazon Best Book of June 2017: Sherman Alexie's memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, is an extraordinary look at the complicated relationship between a remarkable mother and an equally remarkable son, set, mostly, in the Spokane Indian Reservation where Alexie spent his childhood. His whip-smart, sometimes cruel mother saved the family when she stopped drinking, but was inexplicably tough on her kids – something Alexie traces back to mental illness, sexual assault, and the Indian experience of violence and oppression. Family memoirs often seem like an opportunity for score settling, but Alexie is so aware of his own fallible memory and his own imperfections that this one won’t make you bristle. His style is idiosyncratic – passages of verse lead to passages of prose -- but it’s readable, unpretentious, funny and deeply compassionate. --Sarah Harrison Smith, The Amazon Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • File Size : 33132 KB
  • Publication Date : June 13, 2017
  • Print Length : 466 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st Edition (June 13, 2017)
  • ASIN : B01K3WN6RS
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 590 ratings