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Trail of Lightning
Trail of Lightning
by Rebecca Roanhorse

When a small town needs her help in finding a missing girl, Maggie Hoskie, a Dinetah monster hunter and supernaturally gifted killer, reluctantly enlists the help of an unconventional medicine man to uncover the terrifying truth behind the disappearance—a

Crooked Hallelujah
Crooked Hallelujah
by Kelli Jo Ford

A collection by a Cherokee writer traces four generations of Native American women as they navigate cultural dynamics, religious beliefs, the 1980s oil bust, devastating storms and unreliable men to connect with their ideas about home.

The Round House
The Round House
by Louise Erdrich

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

All the Real Indians Died Off
All the Real Indians Died Off
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Examines myths about Native American culture and traces their development to reveal the fear, prejudice, and larger political agenda at their roots.

An American Sunrise
An American Sunrise
by Joy Harjo

Harjo, the first Native American laureate, synthesizes history, memory and contemporary issues in her collection of poetry that laments the treatment of Native peoples and sings tribute to her Muscogee Creek heritage and ancestors.

Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
by David Treuer

An anthropologist's chronicle of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present traces the unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention of distinct tribe cultures that assimilated into mainstream life to preserve Native identity.

Code Talker
Code Talker
by Joseph Bruchac

Using their native language, the Navajo Marines played an invaluable part in World War II as they sent messages, did maneuvers, and completed tasks with words that couldn't be deciphered by the enemy.

Carry
Carry
by Toni Jensen

Explains what it means to exist as an indigenous woman in America, told in snapshots of the author’s encounters with gun violence.

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How the Word is Passed
How the Word is Passed
by Clint Smith

A look at how the legacy of slavery is preserved in monuments and landmarks such as Angola, a former plantation–turned–maximum-security prison in Louisiana that houses Black men working the fields for virtually no pay.

Three Girls from Bronzeville
Three Girls from Bronzeville
by Dawn Turner

In Bronzeville, a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, three Black girls are all hopes and dreams until fate intervenes, sending them all careening in wildly different directions, which results in heartbreak, loss, displacement and even murder.

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