November is Native American Heritage Month and OPL has new books by Indigenous North American authors to keep you reading throughout the month and year. Fiction, poetry, memoir, biography, and cookbooks are among the the new books we recently added to our collection.
Fiction and Poetry
Where the dead sit talking / Brandon Hobson
This coming of age novel, a 2018 National Book Award finalist, captures the stories of two foster youth -- Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy and seventeen-year old Rosemary who meet at their new foster home. The two connect and bond over their Native American backgrounds and troubled histories in the foster care system, but their shared scars threaten their friendship and their safety.
Mapping the interior / Stephen Graham Jones
Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew. -Publisher's description.
There there : a novel / Tommy Orange
Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame in Oakland. Dene Oxedrene is pulling his life together after his uncle's death and has come to work the powwow and to honor his uncle's memory. Edwin Frank has come to find his true father. Bobby Big Medicine has come to drum the Grand Entry. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather; Orvil has taught himself Indian dance through YouTube videos, and he has come to the Big Oakland Powwow to dance in public for the very first time. Tony Loneman is a young Native American boy whose future seems destined to be as bleak as his past, and he has come to the Powwow with darker intentions--intentions that will destroy the lives of everyone in his path. -Publisher's description.
There are still many holds on this book, but we also have many copies so add your name to the waiting list!
Trail of lightning (the Sixth World) / Rebecca Roanhorse
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine. -Publisher's description
Jonny Appleseed : a novel / Joshua Whitehead
Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Jonny's world is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages - and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home for his step-father's funeral, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life. -Publisher's Description
New poets of Native nations / edited by Heid E. Erdrich
New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Heid E. Erdrich has selected twenty-one poets whose first books were published after the year 2000 to highlight the exciting works coming up after Joy Harjo and Sherman Alexie. -Publisher's description
Whereas : poems / Layli Long Soldier
WHEREAS confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators. -Publisher's description
Bright raft in the afterweather : poems / Jennifer Elise Foerster
Featuring recurring characters, settings, and motifs from her previous book, Leaving Tulsa, Foerster takes the reader on a solitary journey to the edges of the continents of mind and time to discover what makes us human. Along the way, the author surveys the intersection between natural landscapes and the urban world, baring parallels to the conflicts between Native American peoples and Western colonizers, and considering how imagination and representation can both destroy and remake our worlds. -Publisher's description
Spirit clans : native wisdom for personal power and guidance / David Carson
Carson discusses ways of using dreams and visions to connect with spirit clan, an ancient blessing in Native American tradition, that connects us to the earth and can help navigate life's challenges.
Heart berries : a memoir / Terese Marie Mailhot
Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The result is this memoir, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father-an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist-who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. -Publisher's description.
Ned Christie : the creation of an outlaw and Cherokee hero / by Devon A. Mihesuah
This biography of Nede Wade Christie also analyzes his role in the genre of outlaw literature, and how writers have manipulated or fabricated information to create the image of Nede as either a crazed and guilty outlaw or an innocent martyr."-Publisher's description.
Sacred instructions : indigenous wisdom for living spirit-based change / by Sherri L. Mitchell, JD
Sherri Mitchell, an attorney and activist, shares information received from elders around the world to help us decolonize our language and stories so that we can support human rights and our environment.
The Sioux chef's indigenous kitchen / Sean Sherman ; with Beth Dooley
Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef, has created a cookbook using indigenous American fruits and vegetables such as venison, rabbit, river and lake trout, duck, quail, wild turkey, blueberries, sage, sumac, wild turnip, plums, purslane and wildflowers to make healthy meals.