In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Penguin Random House is highlighting the stories of our authors as well as voices in the community who authentically represent the Indigenous Experience.  Using the #StoriesoftheLand, #NativeAmericanbooks and #Indigenousreads join us in putting a spotlight on the rich and diverse stories showcasing the important contributions and experiences of Native people. 

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Native American Creators:

There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange

A wondrous and shattering novel that 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.

“Powerful . . . There There has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation.”—The New York Times

“With a literary authority rare in a debut novel, it places Native American voices front and center before readers’ eyes.”—NPR/Fresh Air

“An astonishing literary debut.”—Margaret Atwood

Pen/Hemingway Award Winner • One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year  • One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post • NPR • TIMEO, The Oprah MagazineThe Dallas Morning NewsGQEntertainment WeeklyBuzzFeedSan Francisco ChronicleThe Boston Globe

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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

A sweeping history—and counter-narrative—of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

“Chapter after chapter, it’s like one shattered myth after another.”—NPR

“An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait . . . Treuer’s powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation’s past.”—The New York Times Book Review

Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award • Longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence • A New York Times Bestseller • Named a best book of 2019 by: The New York TimesTIMEThe Washington Post • NPR • Hudson BooksellersThe New York Public LibraryThe Dallas Morning NewsLibrary Journal

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Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present by Adrienne Keene; Illustrated by Ciara Sana

An accessible and educational illustrated book profiling 50 notable American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, from NBA star Kyrie Irving of the Standing Rock Lakota to Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.


Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen

A powerful, poetic memoir about what it means to exist as an Indigenous woman in America, told in snapshots of the author’s encounters with gun violence.

“Essential . . . We need more voices like Toni Jensen’s, more books like Carry.”—Tommy Orange, New York Times bestselling author of There There

“The value of Carry lies in its unique structure, its sparse, powerful prose, and in the stinging perspective it provides on events that are numbingly common. Until we see it as clearly as Jensen does, the lens she offers on gun violence in America will be relevant again and again and again.”—Chicago Review of Books

New York Times Editors’ Choice • Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize • A Goop Book Club Pick

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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground: A Memoir by Alicia Elliot

A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America from an award-winning Haudenosaunee writer.

“In her raw, unflinching memoir . . . she tells the impassioned, wrenching story of the mental health crisis within her own family and community . . . A searing cry.”—The New York Times Book Review

“An instant must-read . . . Elliott’s prose is beautiful, and her insight into the deeply personal and its interconnectedness with the wider world makes this book readable, infuriating, and essential.”—LitHub

“Elliott perfectly captures the modern indigenous experience . . . a gripping read.”—Vogue

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Dog Flowers: A Memoir by Danielle Geller

A daughter returns home to the Navajo reservation to retrace her mother’s life in a memoir that is both a narrative and an archive of one family’s troubled history.

“This shattering memoir combines image and text to reveal a portrait of home.”—Elle

“Trained as a librarian and archivist, Geller has created a type of archive, a living collection of memories and documents that speak to a life that is at once precisely individualistic while also being universally resonant. Read this book.”—Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Sabrina & Corina

“ . . . Geller’s mix of archival research and personal memoir allows readers to see a refreshing variety of perspectives and layers, resulting in an eye-opening, moving narrative. A deftly rendered, powerful story of family, grief, and the search for self.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Ceremony: A Novel by Leslie Marmon Silko; Introduction by Larry McMurtry

The great Native American Novel of a battered veteran returning home to heal his mind and spirit.

“An exceptional novel—a cause for celebration.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Her assurance, her gravity, her flexibility are all wonderful gifts.”—The New York Review of Books

“The novel is very deliberately a ceremony in itself—demanding but confident and beautifully written.”—The Boston Globe

“Without question Leslie Marmon Silko is the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation.”—The New York Times Book Review

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Little Big Bully: Poetry by Heid E. Erdrich

In a new collection that is “a force of nature” (Amy Gerstler), renowned Native poet Heid E. Erdrich applies her rich inventive voice and fierce wit to the deforming effects of harassment and oppression.

Little Big Bully begins with a question asked of a collective and troubled we—how did we come to this? In answer, this book offers personal myth, American and Native American contexts, and allegories driven by women’s resistance to narcissists, stalkers, and harassers. These poems are immediate, personal, political, cultural, even futuristic object lessons. What is truth now? Who are we now? How do we find answers through the smoke of human destructiveness? The past for Indigenous people, ecosystem collapse from near-extinction of bison, and the present epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women underlie these poems. Here, survivors shout back at useless cautionary tales with their own courage and visions of future worlds made well.

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Notable Works of Native American History & Culture from Non-Native Voices:

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Lost City of Z.

“Disturbing and riveting . . . Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true . . . It will sear your soul.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A shocking whodunit . . . What more could fans of true-crime thrillers ask?”—USA Today

“A master of the detective form . . . Killers is something rather deep and not easily forgotten.”—The Wall Street Journal

“David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon is unsurprisingly extraordinary.”—TIME

A National Book Award Finalist • A New York Times Notable Book • Named a Best Book of the Year by: Amazon • Wall Street JournalThe Boston GlobeSan Francisco ChronicleGQTIMENewsdayEntertainment WeeklyTime Magazine • NPR • VogueSmithsonianCosmopolitan •  Seattle TimesBloombergLitHubSlate

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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

“Meticulously documented, this thought-provoking treatise is sure to generate discussion.”—Booklist

“[An] impassioned history . . . Belongs on the shelf next to Dee Brown’s classic, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”—San Francisco Chronicle

2015 Recipient of the American Book Award

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Also Available for Young Readers: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People.

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Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation by Michael Powell

The moving story of a Navajo high school basketball team, its members struggling with the everyday challenges of high school, adolescence, and family, and the great and unique obstacles facing Native Americans living on reservations.

“Unmistakably beautiful. Powell is a gifted and giving writer, and his book is at once a reflection on youth and ambition and a fascinating chronicle of a town’s struggle to survive in a world that’s often cruel and hostile.”—NPR

“(An) engrossing, more expansive book . . . [Canyon Dreams] becomes a gripping, propulsive story about a playoff run.”—The Washington Post

“Delivering a deeply felt portrait of life . . . As exciting as a full-court press and a thoughtful study of young athletes in a world little known to outsiders.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Heroic Struggle for America’s Heartland by Peter Cozzens

The first biography of the great Shawnee leader to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States.

“An insightful, unflinching portrayal of the remarkable siblings who came closer to altering the course of American history than any other Indian leaders.”⁠ —H.W. Brands, author of The Zealot and the Emancipator

“Author Peter Cozzens sculpts his narrative deftly and compellingly . . . Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa are fascinating figures, capable of greatness and leadership, yet destined for tragedy. A+ work.”—San Francisco Book Review

“By ably piecing together a history that is equal parts engaging and amply sourced, Cozzens has crafted a satisfying work that leads us to sympathize with his subjects without putting his finger on the scale to prove his point.”— Washington Independent Review of Books

Winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Biography • A Washington Independent Review Favorite Book • A Cowboys and Indians Editor’s Pick

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A Middle Grade Read:

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac

From the U.S.’s foremost Indigenous children’s author comes a middle grade verse novel set during the COVID-19 pandemic, about a Wabanaki girl’s quarantine on her grandparents’ reservation and the local dog that becomes her best friend.

“Hidden throughout this moving novel in verse, old stories are discovered like buried treasures.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Bruchac intricately interweaves past and present stories . . . in this rewarding intergenerational narrative.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Deftly handles weighty issues and provides readers a story they can connect with . . . [A] dose of hope for the future.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Story telling is an important part of culture, and Bruchac is a masterful storyteller who weaves culture with narrative.”—School Library Connection, starred review

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7 Must-Listen Audiobooks by Indigenous Authors:

We’re queuing up can’t-miss audiobooks written by Indigenous authors in the United States for Native American Heritage Month. From full-cast productions to author-reads, for fans of literary fiction, memoir, poetry, and stories for little listeners—here are our picks for seven audiobooks to hear now.

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