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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Audiobook

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most anticipated books of 2017 - Entertainment Weekly and Bustle

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, and loss from a critically acclaimed, best-selling National Book Award winner.

When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: He wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems and 78 essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine - growing up dirt poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance.

©2017 Sherman Alexie (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Sherman Alexie narrates his powerful memoir with acute emotion and vulnerability.... Alexie's narration is extremely personal. He will make you cry, yes, and then make you laugh hard enough to wake your sleeping children; be warned." (AudioFile)

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    sjdmfa 06-17-17
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    "The poetry of Grief"

    Alexie's history as a poet shines in this book. It echoes and repeats much as grief does. I found myself rationing my listening time because I never wanted it to end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Webster Flagstaff, AZ, US 06-18-17
    Lee Webster Flagstaff, AZ, US 06-18-17 Member Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It made me revisit my own difficulties with my hyper-religious mother with whom I never had a close relationship while she lived.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lillian was certainly a favorite character because living on the Navajo reservation for 8 months one year I saw how phenomenal the women were and how they held up their families and culture.


    Have you listened to any of Sherman Alexie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, his inflection when he spoke "Indian" was wonderful to hear.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lillian, a real Super Woman.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Alexie, Thank you for this book. It's stirred up a host of issues for me. It was difficult to hear because of my own guilt about how I often showed my own mother such little respect for her choices. I'm slowly understanding why she did what she did now that she's long gone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia "Peach" Aspen, Colorado 06-25-17
    Georgia "Peach" Aspen, Colorado 06-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Voice for this Time"

    In this polarized time, Sherman Alexie has expressed the experience of feeling judged and the pain of racism brilliantly without rancor and still hitting the mark with every thought. He expresses grief at so many levels. His grief is a metaphor for my grief for our country! This is a powerful must read for everyone - I wish it could be a high school requirement but, as pointed out by the author/narrator, his work is considered inappropriate. In fact, it is what our country needs right now, regardless of your political view. Tender, sensitive and raw.

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    Neeko 06-18-17
    Neeko 06-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    i appreciated that it was read by the author. i felt that the emotions were genuine and experienced this reading as if the author was talking to me directly.

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    Annie 06-27-17
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    "An excellent piece of literature"

    One of the best audiobooks I have ever heard. Sherman Alexie is both funny and deeply thoughtful.

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    Trina McMinnville, OR, United States 06-21-17
    Trina McMinnville, OR, United States 06-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I love this book! Sherman Alexie has a great voice for story telling"

    I cried. I laughed. I sent the book to a friend. I will listen to this book over and over.

    Thank you!

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    Virginia McLaren Florida 06-21-17
    Virginia McLaren Florida 06-21-17 Member Since 2011

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    "Should come with a warning label"

    I was enjoying the story until the Trump bashing and name calling began. He gave no proof of his views, but I was so offended by his standard Demonrat rant against our President that I stopped at Chapter 70.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful

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