The Greatest "North Dakota" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

    "Love Medicine" is a novel that explores the lives of several generations of a Native American family living on a reservation in North Dakota. The narrative is presented through a series of interconnected stories, each told from the perspective of different family members, and spans over 60 years, from 1934 to 1999. The book explores themes of love, family, identity, and the struggle between tradition and modernity. It provides a deep and poignant look into the complexities of Native American life and culture, and the challenges faced by the community.

    The 505th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Round House by Louise Erdrich

    A teenage boy navigates the complexities of life after his mother is brutally attacked on their reservation in North Dakota. As the legal system fails to bring justice due to jurisdictional issues, the boy takes matters into his own hands. The novel explores themes of tribal law, justice, and the transition into adulthood, all set against the backdrop of Native American culture and history.

    The 2303rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Tracks: A Novel by Louise Erdrich

    The novel is a gripping tale set in the early 20th century that follows the lives of several characters from an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) community in North Dakota, focusing on the struggles of Fleur Pillager, a young woman with a mysterious connection to spiritual and natural forces. As the community grapples with the encroachment of white culture, land dispossession, and the ravages of illness, the narrative unfolds through the perspectives of Nanapush, an elder striving to preserve tribal traditions, and Pauline, a woman of mixed heritage drawn toward Christian fanaticism. The book weaves themes of survival, cultural identity, and the complex interplay between human beings and the environment, revealing the enduring resilience of a people in the face of assimilation and adversity.

    The 2775th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

    This novel is a powerful exploration of the life of a Native American community in the 1950s, focusing on a determined night watchman who fights against a Congressional effort to dispossess his people of their land. Inspired by the author's own grandfather, the story weaves together the lives of several characters, each navigating personal and collective struggles amidst the backdrop of historical injustices. Through a narrative that blends the spiritual with the political, the book not only portrays the resilience and complexity of its characters but also offers a poignant critique of the policies that sought to undermine Native American identity and sovereignty.

    The 6142nd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Broken Cord by Michael Dorris

    This book is a poignant memoir of a single man who adopts a three-year-old American Indian boy, only to discover several years later that his son suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome, a condition that was not well understood at the time. The narrative chronicles the man's journey to understand and cope with his son's condition, while also shedding light on the devastating effects of alcohol abuse on unborn children. The book also delves into the broader social issues surrounding Native American communities and the systemic problems that contribute to alcoholism among these populations.

    The 9004th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. LaRose by Louise Erdrich

    In this emotionally charged novel, a man accidentally kills his neighbor's son while hunting and, in an act of ancient tribal tradition, offers his own son, LaRose, as compensation. The narrative explores the complexities of grief, justice, and cultural identity, as both families grapple with the loss of their sons and the impact of this decision. The story is set against the backdrop of the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, and the intertwining of the two families leads to unexpected relationships and the healing power of shared sorrow.

    The 10268th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Theodore Roosevelt by Henry F. Pringle

    This biography provides a detailed account of the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. It delves into his personal and political life, shedding light on his progressive policies, his role in the Spanish-American War, his conservation efforts, and his post-presidential career. The book also explores Roosevelt's personality, his relationships, and his impact on American history, offering a comprehensive view of this influential figure.

    The 11112th Greatest Book of All Time

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