Things have been pretty quiet on the email list of the American Indian Library Association. So Janet Rice of the University of Wisconsin-Madison asked the members to list their top three American Indian novels, and compiled the results. The top 10 are:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko The Grass Dancer, Susan Power Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich The Round House, Louise Erdrich If I Ever Get Out of Here, Eric Gainsworth Winter in the Blood, James Welch Fool's Crow, James Welch Water Lily, Ella Deloria
and we have them all. Three got honorable mention:
Almanac of the Dead, Leslie Marmon Silko Night Sky, Morning Star, Evelina Zuni Lucero The Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich
Evelina Lucero's book we do not have, and will work on getting a copy. Then there's a much longer list of titles which were mentioned less often. We have most but not all, and will put the titles we lack on the wish list...
Indian Killer, Sherman Alexie The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie Rachel’s Children, Lois Beardslee When the Legends Die, Hal Borland Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden Through Black Spruce, Joseph Boyden Hidden Roots, Joseph Bruchac April Raintree, Beatrice Culleton Sees Behind Trees, Michael Dorris Yellow Raft on Blue Water, Michael Dorris & Louise Erdrich The Last Miracle at Little No Horse, Louise Erdrich Tracks, Louise Erdrich From Where the Sun Now Stands, Will Henry The Last of the Ofos, Geary Hobson Mean Spirit, Linda Hogan Crazy Dave, Basil Johnston Green Grass, Running Water, Thomas King Medicine River, Thomas King Wind from an Enemy Sky, D'Arcy McNickle The Surrounded, D’Arcy McNickle House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story, N. Scott Momaday Light in the Forest, Conrad Richter The Pow-wow Highway, David Seals Gardens in the Dunes, Leslie Marmon Silko Rain Is Not My Indian Name, Cynthia Leitich Smith The Hiawatha, David Treuer The Lesser Blessed, Richard Vancamp The Death of Jim Loney, James Welch The Heartsong of Charging Elk, James Welch