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Reservation Blues

Reservation Blues

A Novel

  • Author: Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1480457175
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 306
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Winner of the American Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize, Sherman Alexie’s brilliant first novel tells a powerful tale of Indians, rock ’n’ roll, and redemption Coyote Springs is the only all-Indian rock band in Washington State—and the entire rest of the world. Thomas Builds-the-Fire takes vocals and bass guitar, Victor Joseph hits lead guitar, and Junior Polatkin rounds off the sound on drums. Backup vocals come from sisters Chess and Checkers Warm Water. The band sings its own brand of the blues, full of poverty, pain, and loss—but also joy and laughter. It all started one day when legendary bluesman Robert Johnson showed up on the Spokane Indian Reservation with a magical guitar, leaving it on the floor of Thomas Builds-the-Fire’s van after setting off to climb Wellpinit Mountain in search of Big Mom. In Reservation Blues, National Book Award winner Alexie vaults with ease from comedy to tragedy and back in a tour-de-force outing powered by a collision of cultures: Delta blues and Indian rock. This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

A Study Guide for Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues"

A Study Guide for Sherman Alexie's

  • Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 1410356558
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 27
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A Study Guide for Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Reservation Blues

Reservation Blues

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781442081789
  • Category: Indians of North America
  • Page: N.A
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  • Author: Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448188563
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 272
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An all-new edition of the tragicomic smash hit which stormed the New York Times bestseller charts, now featuring an introduction from Markus Zusak. In his first book for young adults, Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, featuring poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experiences. It chronicles contemporary adolescence as seen through the eyes of one Native American boy. 'Excellent in every way' Neil Gaiman Illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.

Understanding Sherman Alexie

Understanding Sherman Alexie

  • Author: Daniel Grassian
  • Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 9781570035715
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 211
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Offers a chronological examination of the work of the Native American novelist, poet, filmmaker, and short story writer.

Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

  • Author: Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books
  • ISBN: 9781417616411
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 179
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Set in Arizona, Smoke Signals is the story of two Native American boys on a journey. Victor is the stoic, handsome son of an alcoholic father who has abandoned his family. Thomas is a gregarious, goofy young man who lost both his parents in a fire at a very young age. Through storytelling, Thomas makes every effort to connect with the people around him: Victor, in contrast, uses his quiet countenance to gain strength and confidence.When Victor's estranged father dies, the two men embark on an adventure to Phoenix to collect the ashes. Along the way, Smoke Signals illustrates the ties that bind these two very different young men and embraces the lessons they learn from one another.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Stories

  • Author: Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1480457167
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 242
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Sherman Alexie’s darkly humorous story collection weaves memory, fantasy, and stark reality to powerfully evoke life on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The twenty-four linked tales in Alexie’s debut collection—an instant classic—paint an unforgettable portrait of life on and around the Spokane Indian Reservation, a place where “Survival = Anger x Imagination,” where HUD houses and generations of privation intertwine with history, passion, and myth. We follow Thomas Builds-the-Fire, the longwinded storyteller no one really listens to; his half-hearted nemesis, Victor, the basketball star turned recovering alcoholic; and a wide cast of other vividly drawn characters on a haunting journey filled with humor and sorrow, resilience and resignation, dreams and reality. Alexie’s unadulterated honesty and boundless compassion come together in a poetic vision of a world in which the gaps between past and present are not really gaps after all. The basis for the acclaimed 1998 feature film Smoke Signals,the Chicago Tribune noted, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven . . . is for the American Indian what Richard Wright’s Native Son was for the black American in 1940.” The collection received a Special Citation for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. This ebook edition features a new prologue from the author, as well as an illustrated biography and rare photos from Sherman Alexie’s personal collection.

Indian Blues

Indian Blues

American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879–1934

  • Author: John W. Troutman
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • ISBN: 0806150025
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 344
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From the late nineteenth century through the 1920s, the U.S. government sought to control practices of music on reservations and in Indian boarding schools. At the same time, Native singers, dancers, and musicians created new opportunities through musical performance to resist and manipulate those same policy initiatives. Why did the practice of music generate fear among government officials and opportunity for Native peoples? In this innovative study, John W. Troutman explores the politics of music at the turn of the twentieth century in three spheres: reservations, off-reservation boarding schools, and public venues such as concert halls and Chautauqua circuits. On their reservations, the Lakotas manipulated concepts of U.S. citizenship and patriotism to reinvigorate and adapt social dances, even while the federal government stepped up efforts to suppress them. At Carlisle Indian School, teachers and bandmasters taught music in hopes of imposing their “civilization” agenda, but students made their own meaning of their music. Finally, many former students, armed with saxophones, violins, or operatic vocal training, formed their own “all-Indian” and tribal bands and quartets and traversed the country, engaging the market economy and federal Indian policy initiatives on their own terms. While recent scholarship has offered new insights into the experiences of “show Indians” and evolving powwow traditions, Indian Blues is the first book to explore the polyphony of Native musical practices and their relationship to federal Indian policy in this important period of American Indian history.

ten little indians

ten little indians

  • Author: Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: American fiction
  • Page: N.A
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[In this novel, the author] offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heart-rending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, their capacities, and their motions of who they are and who they love.-Dust jacket.

Indian Killer

Indian Killer

  • Author: Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • ISBN: 9780802143570
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 420
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While a serial killer stalks and scalps white men in Seattle, John Smith, a Native American adopted into a white family, becomes dissatisfied with his life, and, as the killer searches for his next victim, John descends into the madness of Seattle's homeless.

Blasphemy

Blasphemy

new and selected stories

  • Author: Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications
  • ISBN: 1921942967
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 480
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Sherman Alexie’s stature as a writer has soared over the course of his twenty-book, twenty-year career. His wide-ranging, acclaimed books, from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning War Dances, have established him as a star in modern literature. In Blasphemy, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents. Half of the stories here are beloved classics, including ‘What You Pawn I Will Redeem’, ‘This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona’, ‘The Toughest Indian in the World’, and ‘War Dances’. The other half are brand-new stories, fresh and quintessentially Alexie, about donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, the reservation, marriage, and all species of contemporary American warriors. An indispensable collection for devoted fans and first-time readers alike, Blasphemy reminds us, on every thrilling page, why Sherman Alexie is one of America’s greatest contemporary writers and a true master of the short story.

Coyote Blue

Coyote Blue

A Novel

  • Author: Christopher Moore
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781439191484
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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From master of subversive humor Christopher Moore comes a quirky, irreverent novel of love, myth, metaphysics, outlaw biking, angst, and outrageous redemption. As a boy, he was Samson Hunts Alone—until a deadly misunderstanding with the law forced him to flee the Crow reservation at age fifteen. Today he is Samuel Hunter, a successful Santa Barbara insurance salesman with a Mercedes, a condo, and a hollow, invented life. Then one day, destiny offers him the dangerous gift of love—in the exquisite form of Calliope Kincaid—and a curse in the unheralded appearance of an ancient god by the name of Coyote. Coyote, the trickster, has arrived to reawaken the mystical storyteller within Sam...and to seriously screw up his existence in the process.

The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing

The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing

  • Author: Marc Smirnoff
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • ISBN: 9781610752992
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 421
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Not only have a breathtaking array of musical giants come from the South—think Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Rodgers, to name just obvious examples—but so have a breathtaking array of American music genres. From blues to rock & roll to jazz to country to bluegrass—and areas in between—it all started in the American South. Since its debut in 1996, The Oxford American's more-or-less annual Southern Music Issue has become legendary for its passionate and wide-ranging approach to music and for working with some of America's greatest writers. These writers—from Peter Guralnick to Nick Tosches to Susan Straight to William Gay—probe the lives and legacies of Southern musicians you may or may not yet be familiar with, but whom you'll love being introduced, or reintroduced, to. In one creative, fresh way or another, these writers also uncover the essence of music—and why music has such power over us. To celebrate ten years of Southern music issues, most of which are sold-out or very hard to find, the fifty-five essays collected in this dynamic, wide-ranging, and vast anthology appeal to both music fans and fans of great writing.

The Business of Fancydancing

The Business of Fancydancing

Stories and Poems

  • Author: Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780914610007
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 84
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Collects short stories and poems from the author, focusing on life on a Native American reservation in eastern Washington state.

Off the Reservation

Off the Reservation

Reflections on Boundary-busting Border-crossing Loose Canons

  • Author: Paula Gunn Allen
  • Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 262
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Presents essays, literary criticism, and personal reflections on Native American life and culture.

Native American Literatures

Native American Literatures

An Introduction

  • Author: Suzanne Evertsen Lundquist
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 9780826415981
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 315
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Following the structure of other titles in the Continuum Introductions to Literary Genres series, Native American Literatures includes: A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements. A timeline of developments within the genre. Critical concerns to bear in mind while reading in the genre. Detailed readings of a range of widely taught texts. In-depth analysis of major themes and issues. Signposts for further study within the genre. A summary of the most important criticism in the field. A glossary of terms. An annotated, critical reading list. This book offers students, writers, and serious fans a window into some of the most popular topics, styles and periods in this subject. Authors studied in Native American Literatures include: N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, James Welch, Linda Hogan, Gerald Vizenor, Sherman Alexie, Louis Owens, Thomas King, Michael Dorris, Simon Ortiz, Cater Revard and Daine Glancy>

One Stick Song

One Stick Song

  • Author: Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781882413768
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 91
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Presents a collection of poetry and prose reflecting on contemporary Native American life.

Beginning Ethnic American Literatures

Beginning Ethnic American Literatures

  • Author: Helena Grice,Candida Hepworth,Maria Laudet,Martin Padget
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN: 9780719057632
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 255
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This text is designed to introduce students not only to ethnic American writers, but also to the cultural contexts and literary traditions in which their work is situated.