September Social Justice Book Club

Join us as we discuss this month’s Social Justice Book Club selection, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie on Monday, September 11th at 6:30 pm in the Community Room – Basement of the Lackawanna County Children’s Library.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Borrow a copy of this month’s book club selection, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie from the library or get a 40% discount when you order a book club title at Library Express, 2nd Floor at the Marketplace at Steamtown, 570-558-1670.

Similar Books for Additional Reading:

 If I ever get out of here by Eric Gansworth

Seventh-grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites–and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.


 Open mic : riffs on life between cultures in ten voices  edited by Mitali Perkins

Shares stories about growing up in diverse homes or communities, from an Asian youth who gains temporary popularity by making up a false background, to a biracial girl whose father clears subway seats by calmly sitting between two prejudiced women.



 The Round House by Louise Erdrich

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.



 Black Elk speaks : being the life story of a holy man of the Oglala Sioux by Black Elk

A Sioux medicine man who lived through the times of the Plains Indian wars tells the story of his life.



 An indigenous peoples’ history of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes U.S. history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.


 Dreaming in Indian : contemporary Native American voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

Anthology of art and writings from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today. Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the future, Dreaming In Indian refuses to shy away from difficult topics.


 The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven by Sherman Alexie

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.


Flight : a novel by Sherman Alexie

Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer. The journey begins as he’s about to commit a massive act of violence. At the moment of decision, he finds himself shot back through time to awaken in the body of an FBI agent during the civil rights era. It’s only the first stop. He continues through time to inhabit the body of an Indian child during the battle at Little Bighorn and then rides with an 1800s Indian tracker before materializing as an airline pilot jetting through the skies today. During these furious travels, his refrain is: “Who’s to judge?” and “I don’t understand humans.” When he returns to his own life, he is transformed by all he’s seen.


Reservation blues by Sherman Alexie

Hilarious but poignant, filled with enchantments yet dead-on accurate with regard to modern Indian life, this tour de force will leave readers wondering if Alexie himself hasn’t made a deal with the Gentleman in order to do everything so well.

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