You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

Title:You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316270755
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:457 pages

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, and loss from the critically acclaimed, bestselling 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, 78 essays and intimate family photographs, 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.


    You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Reviews

  • Elyse Walters

    Audiobook:The intensityThe ferociousnessThe vibrancy The powerThe effectivenessThe aggressivenessand PASSION..........in which Sherman Alexie reads his memoir sizzles-and burns with such force - at ti...

  • Brina

    As a leading voice in Native American literature, works by Sherman Alexie are always a joy to read. Taking biographical events and turning them into fiction, Alexie applies a mix of humor to serious t...

  • Esil

    I was really hesitant to read or listen to You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. For some reason, I thought it would be relentlessly heartbreaking, and it's rare I'm in the mood for memoirs that are focu...

  • Diane S ?

    I have only read one previous book by this author, his rather well known The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Never knew how autobiographical it really was, but after reading this I can de...

  • Julie Ehlers

    I read You Don't Have to Say You Love Me back in June, and since then I've felt weirdly possessive of it. Whenever I saw someone else on Goodreads was reading it, I'd think indignantly, "HEY! Someone ...

  • J.L.   Sutton

    Sherman Alexie's You Don't Have to Say You Love Me provides the reader the experience of spending time with a master storyteller dealing with grief the only way he knows how. Anticipating and then mou...

  • Rachel Len

    I'm so picky when it comes to memoirs, but this one is truly something special. Sherman Alexie blends poetry and prose with a healthy dose of humor and gut-wrenching honesty. I loved how this book bas...

  • Erin

    I can not imagine what it must feel like to grow up not feeling loved by your mother and even hating her. It just must be the worst feeling in the world. In You Don't Have to Say You Love Me award win...

  • David Schaafsma

    “You don't have to say you love me just be close at handYou don't have to stay forever I will understandBelieve me, believe me”--Dusty Springfield“In the indigenous world, we assign sacred value...

  • Chrissie

    This book is sure to give you an emotional ride, particularly if you listen to the audiobook read by the author. It is read with passion. Prose poetry is what is delivered. He knows better than anyone...