Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane Murdoch audiobook

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

By Sierra Crane Murdoch
Read by Sierra Crane Murdoch

Random House Audio 9780399589157
14.94 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781984832290

The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it—an urgent work of literary journalism.   “I don’t know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane Murdoch.”—William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Barbarian Days NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR® AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • NPR • Publishers Weekly  When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher “KC” Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and few people were actively looking for him.   Yellow Bird traces Lissa’s steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke’s disappearance. She navigates two worlds—that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oilmen, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit of Clarke is also a pursuit of redemption, as Lissa atones for her own crimes and reckons with generations of trauma. Yellow Bird is an exquisitely written, masterfully reported story about a search for justice and a remarkable portrait of a complex woman who is smart, funny, eloquent, compassionate, and—when it serves her cause—manipulative. Drawing on eight years of immersive investigation, Sierra Crane Murdoch has produced a profound examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and a tale of extraordinary healing.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2021 Edgar Award for Best True Crime Book

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Native American Studies

A New York Times Book Review Book of the Year

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of the Year in History

An NPR Best Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2020

Literary Hub Pick of Best True Crime Audiobooks of Spring

A Newsweek Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of 2020

A Chicago Tribune Pick of the Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

A Crime Reads Pick of Most Anticipated True Crime Books of 2020

The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it—an urgent work of literary journalism.   “I don’t know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane Murdoch.”—William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Barbarian Days NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR® AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • NPR • Publishers Weekly  When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher “KC” Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and few people were actively looking for him.   Yellow Bird traces Lissa’s steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke’s disappearance. She navigates two worlds—that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oilmen, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit of Clarke is also a pursuit of redemption, as Lissa atones for her own crimes and reckons with generations of trauma. Yellow Bird is an exquisitely written, masterfully reported story about a search for justice and a remarkable portrait of a complex woman who is smart, funny, eloquent, compassionate, and—when it serves her cause—manipulative. Drawing on eight years of immersive investigation, Sierra Crane Murdoch has produced a profound examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and a tale of extraordinary healing.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A great true-crime story…full of twists and turns and surprising choices…[and] Murdoch reports the hell out of it.” Los Angeles Times
“Yellow Bird teaches us that some things aren’t random at all—that a crime, and its resolution, can be a product of a time and a place, and a history.” Outside magazine
“This book is a detective story, and a good one…Murdoch is a patient, careful, and brilliant chronicler of this moment in time.” Bill McKibben, New York Times bestselling author
“Painstakingly reported and beautifully written.” New York Times Book Review
“In clear, unadorned narration, Murdoch’s voice conveys empathy without undermining her objectivity.” Literary Hub (audio review)
“Required reading for all fans of true crime, particularly those interested in the intersections of poverty and environmental justice, along with Native studies." Library Journal (starred review)
“I don’t know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane Murdoch.” William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

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Author

Author Bio: Sierra Crane Murdoch

Author Bio: Sierra Crane Murdoch

Sierra Crane Murdoch, a journalist based in the American West, has written for the Atlantic, the New Yorker online, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, and High Country News. She is a MacDowell Fellow and has held fellowships from Middlebury College and from the investigative reporting program at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 14.94
Audience: Adult
Language: English