Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Staff Picks The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

For Native American Heritage Month, I got to read a book that’s been on my TBR list for quite some time, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Fans of coming-of-age struggles and humorous high school interactions will enjoy this compelling novel. 

Teenage narrator and aspiring cartoonist, Arnold Spirit, chronicles common struggles like bullying, unrequited love, and high school sports, as well as experiences unique to his life on a Native American reservation in Spokane, Washington. In the course of his first year in high school, Arnold also transfers from a reservation school to an all-white one and grieves the loss of family and friends.  

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-time Indian won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2007 and offers an insightful view of growing up as a Native American in Washington. 

Fans of J.D. Salinger’s classic, The Catcher in the Rye and teen and adult fans of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Greg Kinney seeking a more mature storyline will appreciate the insights and artwork in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. 

Sherman Alexie is a Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-Native American novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Like his character, Arnold Spirit, Alexie was born on a Spokane Indian reservation in Washington D.C.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist


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