Riveting final chapters and the inner lives of the characters were so compassionately drawn. 👍🏾👍🏾
Loving this so far! 🤞🏾
This book made me realize I know nothing about urban Natives and the particular struggles they face.
I loved each of the characters‘ backstories in parts 1 & 2 and the genesis of the knot they will become at the powwow. That was extremely well done. I loved seeing him move them like chess pieces in part 3.
However, the interactions at and after the powwow were ultimately unsatisfying. I felt like I was left too hanging on major plot points 4.5⭐️
1. The first few days of the year were rough, but things are better. My goal is to finish more challenges and try to read 5 books a week. So far, I‘m doing well! I also want to get my stamina back post-surgery.
2. The tagged for #newyearwhodis, When We Were Vikings, Boys & Sex
Thanks for the tag @Meaw_catlady I‘m going to tag @Crazeedi and @Moonprismpower if they haven‘t participated! 💕💕
Got my #bookmail for #newyearwhodis @youneverarrived 🎉🎉📚🥂 It wasn‘t easy to understand this cast of characters in the audiobook, so I think print will work out better.
Unfortunately I have a severe headache. I‘m sitting in the near dark, considering listening to a different audiobook.
But today, my mood is good, and I happy to be alive, surrounded in bed by books! 👏🏻👏🏻💞
Whenever I get a new book, I have to read everything on the front cover before turning it over & reading everything on the back cover. Once I do that, if it‘s a paperback I‘ll open it & read all the blurbs in the front & if it‘s a hardcover I‘ll read the inside flaps on the dust jacket. Only after I‘ve done that &, perhaps, ruffled the pages will I put the book away until I want to read it. I‘m not the only one with such new book habits, am I?
If you were fortunate enough to be born into a family whose ancestors directly benefited from genocide and/or slavery, maybe you think the more you don‘t know, the more innocent you can stay, which is a good incentive to not find out, to not look too deep, to walk carefully around the sleeping tiger.
Here are my #Top10ofTheDecade #FictionEdition! I stuck with books published this decade. I‘ll probably change my mind a bunch, especially as there are so many great books that are still on my TBR. (I may end up liking Get in Trouble more than Pretty Monsters once I finally read it!) But for now, these are the books that have stuck with me.
Thanks for the fun idea, @Cinfhen !
Interlocking stories of “urban Indians” living in Oakland. I found each individual story to be fascinating and even though I couldn‘t keep track of all of them as they linked up, it felt like a complete novel leading up to a climactic event and the tension built toward it over the novel. Told a different type of Native American story than others I have heard about/read. Seen this reviewed as #genrebusting so it‘s my pick for #booked2019.
Currently on page 108. I‘m thinking about DNF-ing this book. I‘m having a hard time following and it feels so scattered. I‘m reading paragraphs of monologuing that my mind ends up wandering. Does it get better? I feel guilty feeling this way when it supposedly has high ratings
Break from #NFNov to read this gem. The book follows a large number of Native American characters in Oakland, California. The points of view shift from first to third and follows multiple generations with some connections to each characters. The story focuses on urban Native Americans instead of caricatures on reservations. It provides an intimate look into some history but also how they are surviving and managing.
A devastating read - the domestic violence and sexual assault themes were challenging for me. The novel interweaves multiple character stories, which could be confusing at times. There were a few characters I wanted to know more about but by having so many narrators you can‘t dive deeper. Regardless I found it to be a compelling book about urban Native Americans and the forces of genocide and assimilation that impact our world today.
Today, Indigenous leaders of the Yakama and Lummi Nations called for the removal of 3 large dams on the Columbia River to restore salmon and traditional fishing grounds. The press conference occurred here, where the great Celilo Falls existed before Dalles Dam was built in 1967. #indigenouspeoplesday
I just finished reading There There to hear Tommy Orange talk last night & I‘m feeling lots of feelings. It‘s thought-provoking, insightful, and brutally heartbreaking at times. It really brings to question what does it mean to be a Native American when you don‘t live on a reservation; what does it mean to be an “urban Indian?” I enjoyed all the different points of view, and the story behind the title is interesting (I‘ll put it in the comments)
“You figured out that there was a certain amount of alcohol you could drink that could—the next day—produce a certain state of mind, which you over time began to refer to privately as the State. The State was a place you could get to where everything felt exactly, precisely in place, where and when it belonged, you belonged, completely O.K. in it—almost like your dad used to say, “In‘it,” like, “Isn‘t that right? Isn‘t that true?” (There There)
If you can, go see Tommy Orange! I can‘t promise what‘ll happen at your event, but if it‘s anything like the #tacomareads program, you are in for a treat.
First, there was storytelling, drumming, & singing from the Puyallup tribe. Then they presented him with lovely gifts, crafted for him & his family. Then there was a lively conversation about the book, his writing, his future plans, & the Native American culture as it stands now 👇🏻
Finished this in time for the #tacomareads author event tomorrow night.
Very reminiscent of Sunil Yapa‘s Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - read it if you liked this.
I had no idea how muddled the sense of identity is for Native Americans. This shone a spotlight on it. At one point a character at a powwow says they‘re all “Indians dressed like Indians.” It‘s surreal, and you understand the disconnect he feels.
Lots to think about here.
BIG plans for #SeptemberTBR 😏
But I have some prompts to help.
There There is the Tacoma Reads book, and Tommy Orange is coming to town, so ✅
Tacoma‘s Extreme Reader Challenge is running a readathon AND a silent reading party, so that will help ✅
I must read 13 TBR books to keep on track for #MountTBR - Olympus ✅
Roughneck is a graphic novel - quick read ✅
I‘m half done with the Ahlborn ✅
And I am bound & determined to finish my #botmbacklog ✅
In There There, nobody likes mirrors. Tony hates what fetal alcohol syndrome has done to his face. Orvil sees himself in a headdress and feels inauthentic. Searching for identity, to find some There There, 12 characters go to the Great Oakland Powwow. Despite individual burdens, characters feel an urge to live, to tell their story. What results is an interconnected mosaic of experiences — a more honest reflection of what it means to be Indian.
The "Indian head test pattern" that Orange describes in the prologue.
About a third into this book, I did not think this would be my jam. But by the end, I so invested in the characters and story. Told from different POVs in inter connecting stories, this book was gripping and powerful. It shared an important perspective, of urban native americans, a culture I know little about.
#booked2019 indigenous author
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
Wait. What? Tommy Orange is going to be a visiting writer at Vermont Studio Center in October. And doing a reading as well? This means he might actually sit right next to me at the one restaurant in this one horse town! Gah! I‘d been dreading the cold of winter approaching but now I can‘t wait for October to arrive.
This is incredibly relevant and timely, and also a lesson in history. The Native American experience in this book is richly detailed and nuanced in a contemporary, city context. There are many flawed people in this story, but American societal harms and intergenerational trauma are the central antagonists. This book brought so many moving parts together so well.
This is a book I never would have picked up if it wasn‘t for Litsy, and all the positive reviews I‘ve seen here and I‘m so glad I did.
This is a story about family and friends, all meeting for the big powwow competition. This book asks you what makes a family? Who decide your history and culture?
This is my “Indigenous Author” for #Booked2019
"... That dance is your prayer. So don't rush it, and don't dance how you practice. There's only one way for an Indian man to express himself. It's that dance that comes from all the way back there. All the way over there. You learn to dance to keep it, to use it." ♥️???