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Sharon’s Summer Reading List

August 5, 2008

This week’s summer reading list is brought to you by Sharon. Though she left us a few months ago to get reacquainted with the west coast, her love of practical jokes and good books continues to inspire.

Summer Reading List 5:
Sharon Franklet, (former) Legislative Assistant for Native American Advocacy

Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream
by Greg Sarris
A looping, lyrical telling of Pomo basket weaver and healer Mabel McKay’s life. This story quietly slips like fog into one’s perception and lingers there.

Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea
by Diane Glancy
This short novel juxtaposes Sacajawea’s observations and interpretations – as envisioned by Glancy – with entries from the diaries of Lewis and Clark. The interweave brings the voice and perspective of Sacajawea into strong relief.

or, something from your piece of ground…
This summer, choose a book that speaks for the long history of the peoples and land on which you stand – whether your home territory or somewhere that you vacation. The internet has many sources, including The Internet Public Library’s Native American authors page: http://www.ipl.org/div/natam/. Enjoy!

We miss you, Sharon! And from one Californian to another, I envy your ability to spend your summer in a more temperate climate, away from daily thunder storms (why do they always start up right as I’m getting ready to leave the office?!).

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