Sherman Alexie - Author

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Sherman Alexie is the author of Reservation Blues, Indian Killer, and The Toughest Indian in the World. His books have earned him a citation from the PEN Hemingway Award for Best First Book of Fiction, the Before Columbus Foundation's America Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize.

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Smoke Signals The Screenplay

Smoke Signals The Screenplay

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2018

When it was released in 1998, Smoke Signals-the first film written, directed, and co-produced by Native Americans to receive major national and international distribution-was applauded by Rolling Stone as \u201cone of the best films of the year.\u201d In the New York Times, Janet Maslin noted the \u201csplendid screenplay\u201d written by Sherman Alexie, based on a story from his acclaimed book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. On its twentieth anniversary, Alexie, the beloved author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, reflects on Smoke Signals in a new introduction to the screenplay. As one of the film\u2019s actors remarked in The Guardian, \u201cSherman has managed to almost single-handedly dismantle the popular and populist image of the American Indian. He\u2019s given us a voice.\u201d This voice emerges clearly in the story of two Coeur d\u2019Alene Indian boys on a journey: Victor, a stoic, handsome son of an alcoholic father who abandoned his family, and Thomas, a gregarious, goofy young man who lost his own parents in a fire when he was a child. When Victor\u2019s estranged father dies, the two men embark on an adventure to Phoenix to collect his ashes. The result is a poignant tale of friendship and reconciliation, one that touches on \u201chistoric injustices and contemporary issues in Native American culture . . .with wry, glancing humor\u201d (Los Angeles Times). As Timothy Egan observed in the New York Times Magazine, Smoke Signals is \u201ca sweet, funny, sharply written tale,\u201d revisited here with characteristic wit and insight by the author, one of America\u2019s most gifted and critically acclaimed writers.

War Dances

War Dances

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2013

A bestselling collection of stories and poems from literary icon Sherman AlexieWinner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction,War Dancesblends short stories, poems, call-and-response, and more into something that only Sherman Alexie could have written. Ordinary men stand at the threshold of profound change, from a story about a famous writer caring for a dying but still willful father, to the tale of a young Indian boy who learns to value his own life by appreciating the deaths of others. Perceptions change, too, as ';Another Proclamation' casts a shadow over Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, and ';Invisible Dog on a Leash' limns the heartbreak of shattered childhood illusions. And nostalgia for antiquated technology is tenderly rendered in ';Ode to Mix Tapes' and ';Ode for Pay Phones.'With his versatile voice, Alexie explores love, betrayal, fatherhood, alcoholism, and art in this spirited, soulful, and endlessly entertaining collection, transcending genre boundaries to create something truly unique.This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Flight

Flight

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2013

From the National Book Awardwinning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the tale of a troubled boy's trip through history. Half Native American and half Irish, fifteen-year-old ';Zits' has spent much of his short life alternately abused and ignored as an orphan and ward of the foster care system. Ever since his mother died, he's felt alienated from everyone, but, thanks to the alcoholic father whom he's never met, especially disconnected from other Indians. After he runs away from his latest foster home, he makes a new friend. Handsome, charismatic, and eloquent, Justice soon persuades Zits to unleash his pain and anger on the uncaring world. But picking up a gun leads Zits on an unexpected time-traveling journey through several violent moments in American history, experiencing life as an FBI agent during the civil rights movement, a mute Indian boy during the Battle of Little Bighorn, a nineteenth-century Indian tracker, and a modern-day airplane pilot. When Zits finally returns to his own body, ';he begins to understand what it means to be the hero, the villain and the victim. ... Mr. Alexie succeeds yet again with his ability to pierce to the heart of matters, leaving this reader with tears in her eyes' (The New York Times Book Review). Sherman Alexie's acclaimed novels have turned a spotlight on the unique experiences of modern-day Native Americans, and here, the New York Timesbestselling author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian takes a bold new turn, combining magical realism with his singular humor and insight. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Sherman Alexie including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Ten Little Indians

Ten Little Indians

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2013

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist: A ';stellar collection' of stories about navigating life off the reservation, filled with laughter and heartbreak (People). In these lyrical, affectionate tales from the author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, characters navigate the crossroads of culture, battle stereotypes, and find themselves through everything from politics to basketball. Richard, the narrator of ';Lawyer's League,' grows up in Seattle, the son of ';an African American giant who played defensive end for the University of Washington Huskies' and ';a petite Spokane Indian ballerina.' A woman is caught in a restaurant when a suicide bomb goes off in ';Can I Get a Witness.' And Estelle Walks Above (nee Estelle Miller), studies her way off the Spokane Indian Reservation and goes on to both enjoy and resent the company of the white women of Seattlewho see her as a shamanic genius, and look to her for guidance on everything from sex and fashion to spirituality. These and the other ';warm, revealing, invitingly roundabout stories' in Ten Little Indians run the gamut from earthy wit to sobering emotional truth, mapping the outer reaches of the human heart (The New York Times Book Review). From a New York Timesbestselling and National Book Awardwinning author, these tales, ';rambunctious and exuberant, bristle with an edgy and mordant humor' (Chicago Tribune). This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Indian Killer

Indian Killer

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2013

A New York Times Notable Book: A series of brutal racially charged murders sets a city on edge in this thriller by a National Book Awardwinning author. A serial murderer dubbed ';the Indian Killer' has Seattle living in fear. As he scalps his victims and adorns their bodies with owl feathers, the city consumes itself in a nightmare frenzy of racial tension. Then a possible suspect emerges: John Smith. An Indian raised by whites, John is lost between cultures. He fights for a sense of belonging that may never be hisbut has his alienation made him angry enough to kill? The New York Timesbestselling author of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me and many other acclaimed works, Sherman Alexie traces John Smith's rage with scathing wit and masterly suspense, delivering both a scintillating thriller and a searing parable of race, identity, and violence. This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Toughest Indian in the World

Toughest Indian in the World

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2013

';Stunning' short stories by the National Book Awardwinning author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). In this bestselling volume of stories, National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie challenges readers to see Native American Indians as the complex, modern, real people they are. The tender and tenacious tales ofThe Toughest Indian in the Worldintroduce us to the one-hundred-eighteen-year-old Etta Joseph, former co-star and lover of John Wayne, and to the unnamed narrator of the title story, a young Indian journalist searching for togetherness one hitchhiker at a time. Countless other brilliant creations leap from Alexie's mind in these nine stories. Upwardly mobile Indians yearn for a more authentic life, married Indian couples push apart while still cleaving together, and ordinary, everyday Indians hunt for meaning in their lives. TheToughest Indian in the Worldcombines anger, humor, and beauty into radiant fictions, fiercely imagined, from one of America's greatest writers. This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Reservation Blues

Reservation Blues

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2013

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 redemptionCoyote Springs is the only all-Indian rock band in Washington Stateand 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 lossbut 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.InReservation 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.

Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2013

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 collectionan instant classicpaint 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.

Blasphemy New and Selected Stories

Blasphemy New and Selected Stories

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2013

Sherman Alexie's stature as a writer of stories, poems, and novels has soared over the course of his twenty-book, twenty-year career. His wide-ranging, acclaimed stories from the last two decades, from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to his most recent PEN/Faulkner award-winning War Dances, have established him as a star in modern literature. A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, Blasphemy, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, 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. Alexie's new stories are fresh and quintessential-about donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, the reservation, marriage, and all species of contemporary American warriors. An indispensable collection of new and classic stories, Blasphemy reminds us, on every thrilling page, why Sherman Alexie is one of our greatest contemporary writers and a true master of the short story.

War Dances

War Dances

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/08/2010

In his first new fiction since winning the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, best-selling author Sherman Alexie delivers a virtuoso collection of tender, witty, and soulful stories that expertly capture modern relationships from the most diverse angles. War Dances brims with Alexie's poetic and revolutionary prose, and reminds us once again why he ranks as one of our country's finest writers. With bright insight into the minds of artists, entrepreneurs, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his stories with average men on the brink of exceptional change: In the title story, a son recalls his father's natural Indian death from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor; The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless, dissects a vintage clothing store owner's failing marriage and courtship of a Puma-clad stranger in airports across the country; and Breaking and Entering recounts a film editor's fateful confrontation with an thieving adolescent. Brazen and wise War Dances takes us to the heart of what it means to be human. The new beginnings, successes, mistakes, and regrets that make up our daily lives are laid bare in this wide-ranging new work that is quintessential

Flight

Flight

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2008

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 resurface in the body of an FBI agent during the civil-rights era. It's only the first stop. He continues traveling back 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: "e;Who's to judge?"e; and "e;I don't understand humans."e; When he returns to his own life, he is transformed by all he's seen. This is Sherman Alexie at his most brilliant-making us laugh while breaking our hearts. Simultaneously wrenching and deeply humorous, wholly contemporary yet steeped in American history, Flight is irrepressible, fearless, and again, groundbreaking Alexie.

Flight

Flight

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2008

Flight follows this troubled foster teenager - a boy who is not a 'legal' Indian because he was never claimed by his father - as he learns that violence is not the answer. The journey for Flight's young hero begins as he's about to commit a massive act of violence. At the moment of the decision, he finds himself shot back through time to resurface in the body of an FBI agent during the civil rights era, where he sees why 'Hell is Red River, Idaho, in the 1970s'. Red River is only the first stop in an eye-opening trip through moments in American history. He will continue travelling back to inhabit the body of an Indian child during the battle at Little Bighorn and then ride with an Indian tracker in the nineteenth century before materialising as an airline pilot jetting through the skies today. During these travels through time, his refrain grows: 'Who's to judge?' This novel seeks nothing less than an understanding of why human beings hate. Flight is irrepressible and fearless - Sherman Alexie at his most brilliant.

Ten Little Indians

Ten Little Indians

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2005

Sherman Alexie offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant stories about Native Americans who find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads. In 'The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above', an intellectual feminist Spokane Indian woman saves the lives of dozens of white women all around her, to the bewilderment of her only child. In 'Do You Know Where I Am?' two college sweethearts rescue a lost cat - a simple act that has profound moral consequences for the rest of their lives together. In 'What You Pawn I Will Redeem', a homeless Indian man must raise $1,000 in twenty-four hours to buy back the fancy dance outfit stolen from his grandmother fifty years earlier. Even as they often make us laugh, Sherman Alexie's stories are driven by a haunting lyricism and naked candour that cut to the heart of the human experience.

The Toughest Indian In The World

The Toughest Indian In The World

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2001

In these stories, we meet the kinds of American Indians we rarely see in literature - the upper and middle class, the professionals and white-collar workers, the bureaucrats and poets, falling in and out of love and wondering if they will make their way home.

Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven

Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/1997

Ball games, cars, and romances: the icons and battlefields of modern life. In twenty-two linked stories, with infinite humour and pathos, Sherman Alexie explores some of the major issues of our time: the pull between the urban and the rural, the future and the past; the trials and tribulations of young adulthood; the comlex density of daily life. A modern mythmaker with a sharp eye for irony, Sherman Alexie's focus is an American Indian reservation, but his playground is the world.

Reservation Blues

Reservation Blues

Author: Sherman Alexie Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/1996

Only Big Mom can help when you've made a deal with the Devil. Robert Johnson, legendary blues man, arrives at the Spokane Reservation looking for relief. Thomas Builds-the-Fire shows him the way and finds himself owner of the great man's guitar. So, with Victor Joseph, Junior Polatkin and Chess and Checkers Warm Water, he hits the road, taking their four-and-a-half-chord rock and blues band to reservation bars, small town taverns, and the urban landscapes of Seattle and Manhattan.

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