What are the best Native American fiction books?

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    #1The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

    The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
    The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a collection of short stories by award-winning author Sherman Alexie. The 24 short stories are about life on the Spokane Indian Reservation, featuring a wide ensemble of characters.
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    Nicholas Kelly
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I heard about this book a few times while browsing online but I didnt think it would be something I was interested in. But it got such good reviews I decided to check it out. It was very surprising how much I enjoyed these short stories. These are stories about growing up native american on the reservation is Eastern Washington State. The characters are great and this author can really tell a tale. Loved it!"
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    #2Love Medicine (Native American Trilogy)

    Love Medicine (Native American Trilogy)

    Love Medicine is an award-winning novel by Louise Erdrich. It tells the story of two Ojibwe Indian families, chronicling multiple generations of the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. It is the first book in the Native American trilogy. 

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    Ruth Cole
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Louise Erdrich's Native American story, Love Medicine, describes the experience of the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. Two families caught up in a dysfunctional array of anger and desire, ultimately healed by a unique prescription of love medicine."
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    #3The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

    The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

    The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse is a novel by Louise Erdrich. It tells the story of Cecilia, who lived for as a man for half a century. As Damien Modeste, Cecilia served her people, the Ojibwe tribe, as a priest. 

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    Jonathan Alexander
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I just finished reading The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich. The book is a great fictional tale about Native American Indians. If you like to be taken back in time, you will love this novel. "
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    #4Three Day Road

    Three Day Road
    Three Day Road is Joseph Boyden's novel about Niska, a Native American, and Xavier Bird, who was traumatized by the harrowing scenes of World War I and is not only greatly injured but also addicted to morphine.
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    Frank Hoffman
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "I was interested in reading new stories about Native Americans in the 20th century. Three Day Road is about Native Canadians dealing with World War One traumas, not quite what I wanted but still interesting."
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    #5Green Grass, Running Water

    Green Grass, Running Water
    Green Grass, Running Water is a fantasy novel by award-winning author, Thomas King. It tells the story of three modern-day Native American characters who are struggling to hold on to their traditions in the midst of modernity.
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    Theresa Hart
    Written on March 15, 2018
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    #6Reservation Blues

    Reservation Blues
    Reservation Blues is a semi-autobiographical novel by acclaimed author Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of a group of Native Americans who form an R&B band, Coyote Springs, after receiving a magical guitar from a passing stranger. 
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    Phillip White
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This was a fun read! It had an unexpected twist that caught me by surprise, but overall, it was a great story."
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    #7Through Black Spruce

    Through Black Spruce

    Through Black Spruce is a novel by Joseph Boyden. It tells the story of Will Bird, a comatose Cree native who used to be a pilot, and his niece, Annie. This book talks about the cultural challenges of being a modern-day Native American.

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    Juan Valadez
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "very entertaining book"
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    #8The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian who left the reservation to go to an all-white high school.


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    Madison Bowman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is an excellent collection of short stories that explore love, a pair of nonviolent criminals and so much more. It is well-written, easy to read, touching and filled with heartbreaking and hopeful lessons."
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    #9Fools Crow

    Fools Crow
    Fools Crow is a historical fiction novel written by James Welch. Set in the year 1870, it tells the story of the Lone Eaters tribe of Blackfeet Indians, whose way of living were irrevocably changed by the arrival of the white men.
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    Richard Munoz
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "This book is amazing, I haven't enjoyed reading it so much. I looked forward to reading this book each night. The writing is amazing and there's a lot of violence. Great modern Native American literature."
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    #10The Grass Dancer

    The Grass Dancer
    The Grass Dancer is a historical fantasy fiction novel written by Dana Stabenow. This magical realism book first published in 1994 and won the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. 
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    #11Abraham's Well: A Novel

    Abraham's Well: A Novel

    Abraham's Well is a historical fiction written by Sharon Ewell Foster. Originally published in 2006, it offers authentic slave narratives provided by Black Cherokee during America's expansion in 1838.

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    #12Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears

    Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears

    Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears is a book about Cherokee Indians that is written by Alex W. Bealer. Originally published in 1996, it focuses on the struggles of the Cherokee Indians during America's expansion.

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    Kenneth Tran
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is not a good solution for persons looking for Native American fiction books because this book is nonfiction. However, those just looking to know more about the Trail of Tears should consider reading this book, as it does give great historical context to a time of American evil."
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    #13Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears is a historical fiction written by Cornelia Cornelissen. Originally published in 1999, it focuses on the struggles of the Cherokee people during America's expansion in 1837-1838.

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    Teresa Henderson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is such a sad, traumatic story of a young girl and her mother being taken away when the European settlers arrived in the new world. My heart breaks that the Cherokee tribe had to endure such a time in their home. My nephew is 12 and he loves this book. He tells me about all of the things he has learned and he would not put it down. I highly recommend this book! "
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    #14Creek Mary's Blood

    Creek Mary's Blood

    Creek Mary's Blood is a historical fiction written by Dee Brown. Originally published in 1983, it focuses on the struggles of a Cherokee woman and her decendants during the events in the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

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    Ángel Ochoa
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Creek Mary's Blood by Brown is among the best Native American fiction books out there. It is a heart-wrenching look at the realities of life during the time that Native Americans were devastated by American expansion into the West."
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    #15Trail of Tears (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5)

    Trail of Tears (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5)

    The Trail of Tears is a non-fiction book about the Cherokee people by Joseph Bruchac and illustrated by Diana Magnuson. Published in 1999, it recounts the struggles of the Cherokee people when they were driven away from their homelands.

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    #16Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears

    Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears

    Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears is a historical fiction by Robert J. Conley. Published in 1995, it recounts the struggles of the Cherokee people after they were driven away from their homelands during America's expansion.

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    Patricia Robinson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The setting takes place along the Trail of Tears when the Native Americans where marched across the country, with many dying along the way. The story has a main character who survives this ordeal, he develops a drinking problem, and of course, falls in love. I enjoyed reading about the setting and found that despite the story being a typical romance novel, it still kept things interesting, especially if you are into stories involving Indians. I found that the novel was well written and I would recommend checking it out. "
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    #17The Gift of the Sacred Dog

    The Gift of the Sacred Dog

    The Gift of the Sacred Dog is a children's book written and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Paul Goble. It was a Reading Rainbow Book published by Aladdin in October 1984.

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    Frank Armstrong
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I've always been into Native American history and stories. Reading books, watching movies, collecting various items throughout my life. I think it all stems back to the stories I read when I was younger. Now one of my favorite books about Native Americans, has always been The Gift of the Sacred Dog. Yes, it's a children's book, but if you grew up with Reading Rainbow you'd be familiar with the many suggested readings on the program. The Gift of the Sacred Dog was written by Paul Goble. The illustrations are wonderful! These stories can be told over and over again to your children and for your own reading. I'm not one of those purist where it has to be historically accurate but just the mystique of Native Americans in fiction makes this a fun read for your kids. I enjoyed it very much."
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    #18Brotherhood

    Brotherhood
    Brotherhood is a historical fiction novel written by A.B. Westrick which tells the story of a family caught in the social and political upheaval of the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War in the United States. 
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    Rebecca Ross
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "These kind of books are not my favorite but I thought I would give this one a opportunity and bought it a week ago. I started reading it yesterday and am already on the 3rd chapter. It is interesting and has kept me on my toes for the entire time."
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    #19Follow the River

    Follow the River
    Follow the River is a historical fiction novel by James Alexander Thom. It tells the story of Mary Ingles, who escapes captivity and tries to find her way back home after being captured by Shawnee Indians.
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    Bobby Butler
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This is a pretty awesome historical book about a woman captured by native americans. It delves into a very tenuous time, but it also shares a lot of rich historical value. "

Summary

Best What are the best Native American fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in HeavenBooks 25 Paid
2Love Medicine (Native American Trilogy)Books 23 Paid
3The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No HorseBooks 22 Paid
4Three Day RoadBooks 21 Paid
5Green Grass, Running WaterBooks 20 Paid
6Reservation BluesBooks 19 Paid
7Through Black SpruceBooks 17 Paid
8The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBooks 16 Paid
9Fools CrowBooks 2 Paid
10The Grass DancerBooks 1 Paid
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