About the Book:
One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering bestselling novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.
About Cody Townsend:
One of the most awarded skiers in free skiing history, Cody Townsend has evolved from a California beach kid obsessed with the mountains to standing atop the pinnacle of the sport.
From a successful alpine ski racing career to stunt skiing for Hollywood blockbuster films, or skiing the“Most Insane Line Ever”to ski mountaineering North America’s“Fifty Most Classic Ski Descents”, Townsend has proven to be able to ski the most challenging and dangerous lines with ease. Yet it’s his affable, humorous and joyful nature that has defined Townsend as “The People’s Skier.”
Why Cody Chose This Book:
A powerfully and beautifully written novel that turns societies mythology of Native American identity on its head. Set in Oakland, California, its broad themes of poverty, identity, addiction and community are told through the individual yet meshing stories of complex, nuanced and sincere characters. It’s bold, humorous, tragic and most of all important.