The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Banned Books Week runs from September 25−October 1, 2016. This year's Banned Books Week is celebrating diversity. 

It is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities, according to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom*. This year’s Banned Books Week will celebrate literature written by diverse writers that has been banned or challenged, as well as explore why diverse books are being disproportionately singled out in the first place.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is #4 on the list of Frequently Challenged Books with Diverse Content

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie delivers a captivating, semi-autobiographical account of one Spokane Indian's struggle against incredible obstacles. Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then-convinced his future lies off the rez-the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

Sherman Alexie won the ALA Odyssey Award forThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a title he narrated for Recorded Books. Listen to an excerpt! 


About the Author

One of the most influential writers of the 21st century, Sherman Alexie is a member of the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene tribe and grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He’s received countless awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Award, and the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award. 


(Photo Credit: Chase Jarvis)

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