You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

  • by Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by Sherman Alexie
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the most anticipated books of 2017 - Entertainment Weekly and Bustle
A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, and loss from a critically acclaimed, best-selling National Book Award winner.
When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: He wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems and 78 essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine - growing up dirt poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance.


What the Critics Say

"Sherman Alexie narrates his powerful memoir with acute emotion and vulnerability.... Alexie's narration is extremely personal. He will make you cry, yes, and then make you laugh hard enough to wake your sleeping children; be warned." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! It made me revisit my own difficulties with my hyper-religious mother with whom I never had a close relationship while she lived.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lillian was certainly a favorite character because living on the Navajo reservation for 8 months one year I saw how phenomenal the women were and how they held up their families and culture.

Have you listened to any of Sherman Alexie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, his inflection when he spoke "Indian" was wonderful to hear.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Lillian, a real Super Woman.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Alexie, Thank you for this book. It's stirred up a host of issues for me. It was difficult to hear because of my own guilt about how I often showed my own mother such little respect for her choices. I'm slowly understanding why she did what she did now that she's long gone.

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- Lee Webster

Very powerful

I loved this emotional journey. If you are a survivor of any type of trauma or work with trauma survivors or love one, this memoir will speak to you. If you've lost one or both parents with whom you had a love-hate relationship, this book will speak to you. I was very happy that Mr. Alexie read the book and thank him for baring his soul.
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- Martah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio