Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian hit bookstore shelves in 2007 and people haven't stopped talking about it, or challenging it, since. The publishers synopsis says that it "chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live." It does but seems that not everyone thinks that this semi-autobiographical tale is right for the kids the same age as Alexie's 14 year old protagonist, Junior. Challenges have been attempted on the basis of offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violent.
Ok, so today I had a working lunch with my boss at Dorm Suite Dorm
(Sheri) and her sister (my previous boss, Vikki. Funny I know). We ate
in downtown Birmingham at Urban Standard. (So good. Eclectic
atmosphere. Cool vibe. Great food. Totally recommend it if you are in
the Ham.) Anyways, I got completely LOST! What else is new in my life??
A simple, "It is on 2nd Ave N between 23rd and 24th Streets" did
nothing for me. NOTHING! I walked around looking like a tourist in the
city I have lived in for the past 3 years and, not to mention, an
idiot. And... I have a GPS on my phone.