You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

By Sherman Alexie
Read by Sherman Alexie

12.17 Hours 06/13/2017 unabridged
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A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, and loss from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award winner. When his mother passed away at the age of seventy-eight, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring seventy-eight poems and seventy-eight essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine—growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance.

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Summary

Summary

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

New York Times bestseller

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” Pick for Summer 2017

Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2017

BookPage Top Pick for June 2017

Bustle Pick of Most Anticipated Books for 2017

Libro.fm Audio bestseller

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, and loss from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award winner.

When his mother passed away at the age of seventy-eight, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring seventy-eight poems and seventy-eight essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine—growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents.

Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sherman Alexie narrates his powerful memoir with acute emotion and vulnerability. His story of his grief after the death of his mother is rooted in the brutal experiences of Native Americans in the United States….Alexie’s narration is extremely personal. He will make you cry, yes, and then make you laugh hard enough to wake your sleeping children…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Resonant and occasionally gut-wrenching.” Entertainment Weekly
“Evident throughout are humor and rage, respect and loving irreverence.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“The overwhelming takeaway from Mr. Alexie’s memoir is triumph, that of one writer’s ability to overcome hardscrabble roots, medical bad luck, and generations of systemic racism—all through an uncommon command of language and metaphor.” New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a poet, short-story writer, novelist, and performer. He is a winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, he grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and has been an urban Indian since 1994.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 12.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English