You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
A Memoir

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He seems to leave out nothing as he probes his often-contradictory emotions regarding the many extraordinary events of his life...I did feel that the book could have been a bit shorter...
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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 Sherman Alexie

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Alexie is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. He has won the Pen/Faulkner Award, Stranger Genius Award in Literature, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, and the Malamud Award. Alexie lives in Seattle.
 
Published June 13, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company. 465 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Catherine Rubino on Jun 15 2017

For first-timers, the book will welcome you into his world and compel you to pick up more of his work immediately after turning the last page.

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Reviewed by Jim Higgins on Jun 26 2017

His new memoir mixes short prose chapters with related poems. In both modes, he’s compulsively readable, a literary writer with the guts of a stand-up comedian.

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Reviewed by Katrina Yurenka on Jul 05 2017

He seems to leave out nothing as he probes his often-contradictory emotions regarding the many extraordinary events of his life...I did feel that the book could have been a bit shorter...

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