You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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Recemmended by Andrew and Susan

"This memoir by Alexie is not so much his own story, but rather an elaborate ode to his mother, and her in uence then and now onhis life and work. While it not only touches on the expected markers in one’s life; in Alexie’s case this mostly means the grief and poverty that permeated his life until he managed to physically, if not mentally, escape, it also shows how having a powerful anchor in one’s life can give it direction and focus, even if the anchor itself is a bit unsteady. Told in short-story- like chapters and poetry, this gives an un inching window into where Alexie came from, where he has gone, and the main thread in his mother that ties all of it together."--Reviewed by Andrew

"After the death of his mother, Alexie turns his memories and emotions into an intense, and complicated memoir that only Alexie could write. He uses prose and poetry to convey the complicated bonds of family amid addiction and trauma, with compassion, humor, and love. Admitting that he may be an unreliable narrator of his own life, he writes of her life, and their relationship with brutal honesty. This is a heartbreaking, beautiful, and emotionally raw memoir. And, it is simply mesmerizing!"--Reviewed by Susan

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Recemmended by Andrew and Susan

"This memoir by Alexie is not so much his own story, but rather an elaborate ode to his mother, and her in uence then and now onhis life and work. While it not only touches on the expected markers in one’s life; in Alexie’s case this mostly means the grief and poverty that permeated his life until he managed to physically, if not mentally, escape, it also shows how having a powerful anchor in one’s life can give it direction and focus, even if the anchor itself is a bit unsteady. Told in short-story- like chapters and poetry, this gives an un inching window into where Alexie came from, where he has gone, and the main thread in his mother that ties all of it together."--Reviewed by Andrew

"After the death of his mother, Alexie turns his memories and emotions into an intense, and complicated memoir that only Alexie could write. He uses prose and poetry to convey the complicated bonds of family amid addiction and trauma, with compassion, humor, and love. Admitting that he may be an unreliable narrator of his own life, he writes of her life, and their relationship with brutal honesty. This is a heartbreaking, beautiful, and emotionally raw memoir. And, it is simply mesmerizing!"--Reviewed by Susan

— From Andrew Recommends

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The Instant New York Times Bestseller

One of the most anticipated books of 2017--Entertainment Weekly and Bustle

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It's these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman.

When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive. An unflinching and unforgettable remembrance, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME is a powerful, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship.

About the Author


Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist and performer. A Spokane/Couer d'Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Alexie has been an urban Indian since 1994 and lives in Seattle with his family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316270755
ISBN-10: 031627075X
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 464
Language: English