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Last night I attended Sherman Alexie’s lecture, called “The Partially True Story of a Part-Time Indian” at Cornell.

Although it’s called a ‘lecture’, it was hilarious, and Alexie looked more like an entertainer than an author/lecturer.

It was mainly based on his latest book for Young Adults, called The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He talked about race, life on the reservation, and how he transferred to the white-school in the neighboring town. All of this is also included in his book.

The whole audience was laughing most of the time, and he also signed books after his lecture. Luckily, I got my book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, signed!

note: During the Q&A session, it turned out that Rowdy, Junior’s friend in the book, is not real. Sherman’s actual friend is named ‘Randy’, and they are in touch with each other through texting and emailing. Randy was in no way similar to Rowdy. Sherman also pointed out how rude texting in class was, and how he gave his students who texted in class a hard time;I totally agree with that! I think that texting in class is disrespectful and ridiculous.

My book review of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Sherman lecturing

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My picture with Alexie, after I got my book signed

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book signing

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This book is the best I’ve read in a while. It’s about a cartoonist named Junior who lives in an Native American reservation. He narrates his story as he steps outside the hopeless condition of the rest of his people in search of a better education and a better future: he goes to a white high school in a neighboring town.

As Junior says on the first sentence, “I was born with water in the brain”, he has a couple of health issues and is not the most popular person among his people. His only friend, other than his dog, is his abused best-friend Rowdy.

Junior is considered a “traitor” and a betrayer by his people for leaving the school and going to another school in a white town. Junior narrates how he battles against all odds to fit in and rise above the rest, being the change he wants to see in his life.

I think that this story is about hope and change. I hate teen literature, but this story, told with brilliant humor, is truly up-lifting and emotional. It was very inspirational for me.

We are studying about Native Americans at school, and I was very interested to know what reservation-life was like for young people in the 20th century (the story is set in approx. 2006).

I finished this book in only a few hours and I loved every moment of it.

People of all ages will cherish this book; it’s one that you will read over and over again.

Note: the cartoons inside the book were awesome! (Illustrations by Ellen Forney)

my rating: 10/10 (excellent)

This is Sherman Alexie’s first book for young adults. He is a notable Native American writer, poet and moviemaker. Visit his website

Alexie shall be visiting Cornell University March 6 to talk about his book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and he will also be signing copies. More info

Hopefully, I will get my book signed!

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