About the Book:
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 Bonnie Zellers:
Bonnie has been living in this region since the age of 7. She became a professional snowboarder during the developmental years of the sport, while also completing her education as a Registered Nurse. When not working at Tahoe Forest Hospital she can be found playing outdoors.
Why Bonnie Chose This Book:
Alexie is a witty, intelligent, and darkly humorous writer who blends the story of his upbringing on the reservation under an alcoholic and abusive mother into a wonderful, insightful and damn funny read. He skillfully reveals how complex their relationship is through the use of both prose and poetry. Alexie has created a magical rollercoaster of emotions. Kleenex is recommended for both the tears of laughter and tragedy.