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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Appreciating the Little Things in a Hard Life    

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Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
-Camille Pissarro 

Inspiring. That is the best word I have to describe The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. The book is a joy to read but also miserable and strenuous.  I enjoyed reading about the life of a kid so opposite of me. Alexie put me in the shoes of a poor kid on an Indian reservation. I found myself engaged in the main character. Arnold grew up poor, with a drunk as a father, and faced a TON of adversity, but what inspired me most was his ability to always look on the bright side of things, and always be thankful for what he has, no matter how big or small, in the same way it made me appreciate the little things in life. 

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