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The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams: A Memoir

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ISBN13: 9780618154487
ISBN10: 0618154485
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A New York Times Notable Book

A searing book as powerful as the life experience that inspired it, The Blood Runs Like A River Through My Dreams transports readers to the majestic landscapes and hard Native American lives of the desert Southwest. Born to a storytelling Native mother and a roughneck, song-singing father, Nasdijj has always lived at the jagged-edged margins of society, yet hardship and isolation have only brought him greater clarity — a gift for language and a voice of searching honesty. "In a prose style that could almost be chanted" (New York Magazine), Nasdijj writes of his adopted son, Tommy Nothing Fancy, and of his own chaotic childhood; of his struggles between two cultures and his pursuit of the writing life — as a lifeline. A powerful, unforgettable memoir, The Blood Runs Like A River Through My Dreams will "wash over readers and often take them by surprise" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

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"The symbols he molds....cohere into a unique voice, whether...recounting his adventures on the periphery of white America, musing over the continued impoverishment of the Navajo, or lamenting the loss of his adopted son." Publishers Weekly

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"A memoir of survival...the flat-out best nonfiction writing of the year." Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"An authentic, important book...unfailingly honest and very nearly perfect." Esquire

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"Mesmerizing, apocalyptic...a powerful American classic...[that] doesn't just catch your breath, it stops yor souls progress in mid-stride." Rick Bass

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"Riveting...fascinating...unlike anything you are likely to read." New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Nasdijj is told he was born in a Navajo hogan in 1950. His mother was a Navajo, his fahter a cowboy. He now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Contents

1. I Hate Mary Potato 1

2. My Son Comes Back to Me 16

3. Runaway Horses 21

4. Emergency Landing 28

5. Chahash'oh 40

6. Reservation Rocks and the

Long Walk Home 48

7. Tenderloin 62

8. To the Drum 72

9. Half-and-Half 79

10. The Blood Runs Like a River

Through My Dreams 85

11. And the Dreams Come Down

Like Thunder in the Rain 96

12. On Being Homeless 102

13. Michif's Tape 120

14. Oñate's Foot 140

15. A Movie Lives Inside My Head 157

16. Navajo Rose and the Codetalker 161

17. Go Fish 168

18. Invisibility 175

19. Flying Solo 192

20. My New Wife Is a Teacher 211

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desi_young, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by desi_young)
Written as a memoir by a Navajo, later found out to be false, this book still should be read. Although not a "memoir" - you may view it as fiction, this book is still beautifully written and should be read. Not many contemporary books out there are about the Navajos or reservation life. Open your eyes and mind, forget the controversy surrounding the author and read a lovely piece of work.
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mary scriver, March 4, 2009 (view all comments by mary scriver)
This anthology of essays is the first of three books by Timothy Barrus, writing under the pseudonym "Nasdijj." Though he was excoriated and ostracized for pretending to be half-Navajo, he was in fact protecting the reservation community where he and his wife were living and working. These stories are true, closely observed, and heart-breaking. They are worth reading before condemning them out-of-hand.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618154487
Author:
Nasdijj
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Parental Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
PAPERBACK
Publication Date:
20010917
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.51 lb

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Product details 224 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618154487 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The symbols he molds....cohere into a unique voice, whether...recounting his adventures on the periphery of white America, musing over the continued impoverishment of the Navajo, or lamenting the loss of his adopted son."
"Review" by , "A memoir of survival...the flat-out best nonfiction writing of the year."
"Review" by , "An authentic, important book...unfailingly honest and very nearly perfect."
"Review" by , "Mesmerizing, apocalyptic...a powerful American classic...[that] doesn't just catch your breath, it stops yor souls progress in mid-stride."
"Review" by , "Riveting...fascinating...unlike anything you are likely to read."
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