November is Native American Heritage Month and Michelle and Brody created the IndigAThon to promote books by Native authors throughout the month. Of course, we shouldn’t only read books by Native authors in November, but it’s a great reminder to pay attention to what you’re picking up! Anyway, I saw Brody do (and he helped create) this tag and I decided I want to participate. My answers serve as a good reminder that I need to read more from Indigenous authors and that Rebecca Roanhorse really is a favorite.
What’s your favorite book by a Native author?
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse is absolutely incredible. It was Roanhorse’s debut and what a debut! Somehow, in not very many pages, she paints the picture of this desolate post-climate disaster world where the gods are meddling in the lives of the Diné. Maggie is a monster hunter and she’s also a bit of an outcast. I love her. And then we meet Kai and I adore him.
Which book do you find yourself recommending the most?
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse… I do feel like I should talk about a different book, but I’m actually completely obsessed with this series. If you haven’t read it, I truly cannot recommend highly enough.
What is a book you picked up because of somebody else’s recommendation?
I think I read both Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot and Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo on recommendation of someone, though unfortunately I cannot remember who. Both are memoirs and last year I was really trying to make up for lost time during Nonfiction November to try and get through 12 nonfiction titles. Both of these books stand out in my mind as having interesting narrative structure for memoirs. Both also deal a bit with different traumatic things though, so check CWs before you pick them up!
What is the most recent book by a Native author that you have read?
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is my last Native author read! I really loved it, but I definitely need to reread it. There are four perspectives in the book, though the fourth enters later. We’ve got My ARC review is here if you’d like more full thoughts.
What is the next book you plan on reading?
Cherokee America by Margaret Verble is one of the books I’m really excited to finally get to this November. Here is the first paragraph of the blurb, “It’s the early spring of 1875 in the Cherokee Nation West. A baby, a black hired hand, a bay horse, a gun, a gold stash, and a preacher have all gone missing. Cherokee America Singer, known as “Check,” a wealthy farmer, mother of five boys, and soon-to-be widow, is not amused.”
Are there any 2020 releases you still want to read?
I hope you’ll consider participating in this really awesome and important readathon! Also, please leave me your favorite Indigenous read in the comments.