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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.
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By Tom on 07-20-17
This was the best book I have ever listened to. The author's stories about his life and his growth over time helped me to better understand myself. He shared himself. He shared life on the Rez. He did it with real emotion.
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By Maija on 08-01-17
A Painful Gift
You don't hear people talk much about their complicated and painful relationships with their mothers, but you especially don't hear it much in Native circles. Mr. Alexie, you've given visibility and a social permission to feel the pain and isolation of being the son or daughter of a complicated mother. Thank you for sharing your gifts, stories, and pain. This was beautiful, hilarious, heartbreaking, and resilient. Anyone who has a mother can learn from and love this book.
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