The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian

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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Thorndike Press | March 26, 2008 | Hardcover |

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A New York Times Bestseller -- Born with a variety of medical problems, Junior Spirit is picked on by everyone but his best friend on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to get a good education, the budding cartoonist leaves the rez to attend an all-white school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Despite being condemned as a traitor to his people and enduring great tragedies, Junior attacks life with wit and humor and discovers his own inner strength.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: March 26, 2008

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1410404994

ISBN - 13: 9781410404992

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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: March 26, 2008

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1410404994

ISBN - 13: 9781410404992

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A New York Times Bestseller -- Born with a variety of medical problems, Junior Spirit is picked on by everyone but his best friend on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to get a good education, the budding cartoonist leaves the rez to attend an all-white school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Despite being condemned as a traitor to his people and enduring great tragedies, Junior attacks life with wit and humor and discovers his own inner strength.

About the Author

Sherman J. Alexie, Jr., was born in October of 1966. His mother was Spokane Indian and his father was Coeur d'Alene Indian. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. He was born hydrocephalic, which means with water on the brain, and received an operation at the age of 6 months. He was not expected to survive, but did, even though doctors predicted he would live with severe mental retardation. Surprisingly, though he suffered from severe side effects, he exhibited no symptoms of retardation and went on to learn to read by age three, and read Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath by age five. Alexie decided to attend high school off the reservation, in Reardan, Washington, where he knew he would get a better education. He was the only Indian at the school, and excelled academically as well as in sports, becoming a star player on the basketball team. After high school, Alexie attended Gonzaga University in Spokane on scholarship in 1985. After two years at Gonzaga, he transferred to Washington State University. Alexie had dreams of being a doctor but discovered he needed a different career path after fainting three times in anatomy class. Taking a poetry workshop at WSU, Alexie found he excelled at writing and, encouraged by poetry teacher Alex Kuo, realized he'd found his new career. After graduating in American Studies from WSU, Alexie received the Washington State Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship in 1991 and the National Endowment for the Arts Poe
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