November is Native American Heritage Month, which you can learn more about here. To celebrate Native American writers and stories, come by the library and check out one of these great books, some of which are brand new to our collection.
THE ROUND HOUSE BY LOUISE ERDRICH: "After Geraldine Coutts is attacked on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, her husband Bazil, a tribal judge, tries to find justice for his wife, and their teenage son Joe tries to help his mother heal."
BLASPHEMY BY SHERMAN ALEXIE: "Combines fifteen of the author's classic short stories with fifteen new stories in an anthology that features tales involving donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, and marriage. In these comfort-zone-destroying tales, including the masterpiece, War Dances, characters grapple with racism, damaging stereotypes, poverty, alcoholism, diabetes, and the tragic loss of languages and customs. Questions of authenticity and identity abound."
CEREMONY BY LESLIE MARMON SILKO: "Follows Tayo, a young Native American, after his release from a veteran's hospital following World War II as he searches for meaning and sanity in his life."
COUNTING COUP: A TRUE STORY OF BASKETBALL AND HONOR ON THE LITTLE BIG HORN BY LARRY COLTON: "Presents a study of the girls' basketball team at Hardin High School on the Crow reservation in Montana, focusing on talented young player Sharon LaForge, and examines the social conditions that prevent her and other Native American athletes from reaching their potential on and off the court."
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE: AN ANTHOLOGY BY LAWANA TROUT: "A collection of more than one hundred poems, short stories, essays, and memoirs written by Native Americans from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries."
SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER: THE EPIC LIFE AND IMMORTAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF EDWARD CURTIS BY TIMOTHY EGAN: "Edward Curtis was dashing, charismatic, a passionate mountaineer, a famous photographer-the Annie Liebowitz of his time. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: He would try to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rain forest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance-six years alone to convince the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise-his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements."