Every year, we like to celebrate Native American Heritage Month by featuring a list of recently published books by Native authors. This year, I was struck by how many of the books are debuts, and how many of them manage to masterfully walk that tightrope line of tone — they’re often hilarious and moving in equal measure, while interrogating the difficult topics of colonialism, white supremacy, generational trauma, and cycles of addiction, displacement, and dispossession (just to name a few). The books on this list are vivid, expansive, and beautifully written. Wonderful books to read this Native American Heritage Month; wonderful books to read all year-round.
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For more recommendations, original essays, and bookseller displays, check out our Native American Heritage Month resource page