The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams by Nasdijj

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THE BLOOD RUNS LIKE A RIVER THROUGH MY DREAMS transports readers to the majestic landscapes and hard Native American lives of the desert Southwest and into the embrace of a way of looking at the world that seems almost like revelation. Born to a storytelling Native mother and a roughneck, song-singing cowboy father, Nasdijj has lived on the jagged-edged margins of American society, yet hardship and isolation have only brought him greater clarity--and a gift for language that is nothing short of breathtaking.
Nasdijj tells of his adopted son, Tommy Nothing Fancy, of the young boy's struggle with fetal alcohol syndrome, and of their last fishing trip together. It is a heartbreaking story, written with great power and a diamondlike poetry. But whether Nasdijj is telling us about his son, about the chaotic, alternately harrowing and comical life he led with his own parents, or about the vitality and beauty of Native American culture, his voice is always one of searching honesty, wry humor, and a nearly cosmic compassion. While Nasdijj struggles with his impossible status as someone of two separate cultures, he also remains a contradiction in a larger sense: he cares for those who often shun him, he teaches hope though he often has none for himself, and he comes home to the land he then must leave.
THE BLOOD RUNS LIKE A RIVER THROUGH MY DREAMS is the memoir of a man who has survived a hard life with grace, who has taken the past experience of pain and transformed it into a determination to care for the most vulnerable among us, and who has found an almost unspeakable beauty where others would find only sadness. This is a book that will touch your soul.

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Nasdijj was born on the Navajo Reservation in 1950. His family were migrant workers, traveling between farms & ranches around the country. He has lived among the Tewa, the Chippewa, the Navajo, & the Mescalero Apache People. Nasdijj has been writing seriously for more than two decades, making ends meet by reporting for small-town papers & teaching; at one point his determination to keep writing led to homelessness, & for a time he lived in a public campground. His first appearance in a major publication did not come until June of 1999, when "Esquire" ran the signature piece for his book, "The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams." Nasdijj's dog's name is Navajo, & he calls his pickup Old Big Wanda. "Nasdijj" is Athabaskan for "to become again." He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Published January 1, 2000 by Houghton Mifflin. 216 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Instead, stories that could each stand on their own are woven together with patterns of image and metaphor: he drifts back and forth in time, mixing memories of his son’s short life with moments from his own adolescence, and sharing the times and travels that have shaped him.

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The yearning to write, muses this irrepressible Native American author, ""was the epitome of perversity, because reading and writing were such tortures for me."" Born in 1950 on the Navajo Reservation to migrant workersDa Navajo mother and a white, cowboy fatherDNasdijj has always suffered from f...

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