The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is excited to announce the 2014 Common Reading Experience selection:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie


Dear UWM Campus Community,
 

Common Read We are thrilled to announce that Sherman Alexie's New York Times Bestseller The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been selected as UW-Milwaukee’s 2014 Common Reading Experience book. Entering first-year students will receive the book at New Student Orientation this summer. Discussions with faculty members will be held during Fall Welcome August 27-31, 2014.

This is the third year of the Common Reading Experience at UW-Milwaukee. 

2012: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

2013: The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang

The Common Reading Experience is co-sponsored by the Student Success Center and the Center for Instructional and Professional Development.

The selection committee consisted of Emily Clark, Center for 21st Century Studies, Faculty Chair; Samantha Glazer, Student Success Center Graduate Assistant; Aaron Dobbs, UWM Librarian; Sabine Schwark, Health Sciences; Jessica Hutchings, SOIS, Academic Advisor; Kim Huettl, Office of Undergraduate Admissions; Dr. Abigail Amissah-Arthur, Graduate Studies; Jennifer Daood, Nursing, Academic Advisor; Kari Smith, Urban Studies, Faculty; Liam Callanan, English, Faculty; Jessica Nastal, English, Faculty; Carl Bogner, Film, Faculty; Dr. Liana Odrcic, English, Faculty; Rachel Buff, History, Faculty; Aline Lo, English, Faculty; Krystal McCain, Student Success Center Mentor; Dina Wolf, Center for International Education; Mark Eckman, Center for International Education; Katie Witz, Women's Studies, Teaching Assistant; Ericca Pollack, Director of Student Success Center; Tony Ciccone, Director, Center for Instructional and Professional Development.

Questions about the program can be directed to Ericca Pollack, Director of the Student Success Center at 414-229-6760 or pollacke@uwm.edu. 

Sincerely, 

Emily Clark, Faculty Chair of the Selection Committee 
Tony Ciccone, Director, Center for Instructional and Professional Development 
Ericca Pollack, Director, Student Success Center

About the Book

In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.



Learn more about The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

New York Times review of the novel: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/books/review/Barcott3-t.html?_r=0

Read an excerpt: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16420671

The author’s website: http://fallsapart.com/

Sherman Alexie discussing The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian on The Colbert Report: http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/ytg04i/sherman-alexie

The author interviewed by Bill Moyers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_F_jl3BE-k

NY Times interviews Sherman Alexie on reading: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/books/review/sherman-alexie-by-the-book.html

Sherman Alexie discusses his novel on C-Span:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?202083-3/book-discussion-absolutely-true-diary-parttime-indian

Video of Sherman Alexie’s acceptance speech at the 2007 National Book Awards: http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2007_ypl_alexie.html#



ME The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie. 2007. Little, Brown, New York City. 229 pp.