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Louise Erdrich, author of The Night Watchman

Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel-bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new “emancipation” bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953, and he and the other council members know the bill isn’t about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a “termination” that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans “for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run”?

Week of March 22, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of March 22nd include THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, a powerful novel based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C.; THE BOOK OF LONGINGS by Sue Monk Kidd, an inspiring account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her; THE SECOND LIFE OF TIGER WOODS, in which Michael Bamberger --- who has covered Tiger Woods since the golfer was an amateur --- draws upon his deep network of sources inside locker rooms, caddie yards, clubhouses, fitness trailers and back offices to tell the true and inspiring story of the legend’s second act; and HERE'S THE CATCH, right fielder Ron Swoboda's account of the Mets' amazing 1969 season, the people he played with and against (sometimes at the same time), and what life was like as an Every Man ballplayer.