As someone who has been meaning to read Deborah Miranda’s book (“memoir” is perhaps not quite the right word) for literally the last decade, I am so, so glad I took the plunge. The topics Miranda grapples with are hard, but she works through them with as much care and humor as one could ask for, embedding her writing always with admiration for her ancestors and hope for the future.
Newly expanded, a memoir hailed as essential by the likes of Leslie Marmon Silko and ELLE magazineBad Indians--part tribal history, part lyric and intimate memoir--is essential reading for anyone seeking to learn about California Indian history, past and present. Widely adopted in classrooms and book clubs throughout the United States, Bad Indians--now reissued in significantly expanded form for its 10th anniversary--plumbs ancestry, survivance, and the cultural memory of Native California.In this best-selling, now-classic memoir, Deborah A. Miranda tells stories of her Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen family and the experiences of California Indians more widely through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems. This anniversary edition--the first time the book has seen release in hardcover format--includes new poems and essays, as well as an extensive afterword. Wise, indignant, and playful all at once, Bad Indians is a beautiful and devastating read, and an indispensable book for anyone seeking a more just telling of American history.