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

An Audible.com Best of the Year for 2017 in Memoirs

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2017

Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A Washington Post Notable Book for 2017

A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017

New York Times bestseller

Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” Pick for Summer 2017

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2017

BookPage Top Pick for June 2017

Bustle Pick of Most Anticipated Books for 2017

A BuzzFeed Books Pick

A Literary Hub Pick of 2017's Notable Books

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
“Alexie is courageous and unflinching, delivering a worthy and honest eulogy by showing us his mother and himself in full, everything spectacular and everything scarred.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“In this alternately funny and painful book, Alexie grapples with their relationship and shares his deepening understand of her.” Los Angeles Times
“There’s straight personal history here, as well as fable, poetry, and raw and mordant accounts of life…Unexpected revelations are a constant throughout this memoir.” NPR

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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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Details

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