Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping

ISBN-10: 0345453905

ISBN-13: 9780345453907

Edition: N/A

Authors: Nasdijj

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Eleven-year-old Awee came to live with Nasdijj, carrying a brown paper bag containing all his belongings, a legacy of abuse, and AIDS. But this beautiful, loving, and intelligent little boy also had enormous hope for his new life. In heartrending prose, Nasdijj writes about their tight-knit, untraditional family—and the precious time they spent together. This searing, poetic memoir will make you cry; yet it is ultimately triumphant, for Awee got what he wanted most in his short life: a real dad.
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List price: $13.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Nasdijj was born on the Navajo Reservation in 1950. His family were migrant workers, traveling between farms & ranches around the country. He has lived among the Tewa, the Chippewa, the Navajo, & the Mescalero Apache People. Nasdijj has been writing seriously for more than two decades, making ends meet by reporting for small-town papers & teaching; at one point his determination to keep writing led to homelessness, & for a time he lived in a public campground. His first appearance in a major publication did not come until June of 1999, when "Esquire" ran the signature piece for his book, "The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams." Nasdijj's dog's name is Navajo, & he calls his pickup Old Big Wanda. "Nasdijj" is Athabaskan for "to become again." He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The Songs of Gods to Me (In which Awee's father brings him to meet Nasdijj)
Blue Jays (In which Awee hits home runs)
Something of the Light Will Last (In which Awee has his first night in his new home)
Care for Coyotes (In which Awee is hospitalized)
Grits His Teeth (In which Awee's new father attempts to find him more appropriate treatment than what is available at Indian hospitals
Scars (In which Nasdijj and Awee take a motorcycle trip through Texas)
Head in Fridge (In which Nasdijj and Awee stop in a city so Awee might have access to health care
Milkweed Pods (In which Awee plays in milkweed pods and woods)
All His Good-bye-Buried Dreams (In which Awee symbolically buries issues from his past)
Kissing Buddha (In which Awee works with Head Start children)
Jack Knife (In which Awee has crush)
Jesus Is a Statue (In which Awee and Nasdijj attend church)
Two Dying Boys Dancing in Pajamas (In which Awee finds a friend on a pediatric AIDS ward)
Dances with Girls (In which Awee turns twelve)
Jimmy Dog Is Building Houses (In which Nasdijj's cousin, Jimmy Dog, builds a hogan)
The Trembler (In which Nasdijj and Awee seek out a Navajo healer)
Motel (In which Nasdijj and Awee go to the Albuquerque zoo)
Secrets of the Mountain Gods (In which Awee attends Navajo sings)
That Swallowed Us (In which Nasdijj and Awee wait in a waiting room at an AIDS clinic)
Baseball (In which Awee plays baseball)
Crow Dog (In which Crow Dog finds Nasdijj and Awee)
Barbershop (In which Awee gets a haircut)
Runs with Wolves (In which Awee, Nasdijj, and Crow Dog visit the Wolf Rescue Ranch)
He Doesn't Stutter When He Sings (In which Crow Dog and Nasdijj find a baby picture of Awee)
The Roof (In which Crow Dog and Nasdijj take Awee up to the roof of the Whore Hotel)
Rocker to the Woods (In which Crow Dog and Nasdijj rock Awee in the woods)
Charity (In which Nasdijj finds relief for Awee's pain)
Geronimo's Grave (In which Nasdijj, Crow Dog, and Awee visit a cemetery in Oklahoma)
All the Way to China (In which Awee flies kites
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