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Michael Dorris (1945–1997)

Author of A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

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About the Author

Michael Dorris, Author Michael Dorris received an undergraduate degree in English, with honors, from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in anthropology from Yale. He taught for fifteen years at Dartmouth College and founded the Native American Studies Program there. His novels include "A show more Yellow Raft in Blue Water" and "The Crown of Columbus," co-authored with Louise Erdrich. "The Broken Cord," which was named Best Non-Fiction of the Year by the National Book Critics Circle, brought attention to the disorder Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He has also written novels for young adults, which include "Guests," "Sees Behind Trees," and "Morning Girl," which won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Michael Dorris

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (1987) 2,002 copies
Morning Girl (1992) 1,394 copies
Sees Behind Trees (1996) 784 copies
Guests (1994) 571 copies
The Crown of Columbus (1991) 525 copies
The Broken Cord (1989) 448 copies
Cloud Chamber (1997) 347 copies
Working Men: Stories (1993) 190 copies
Paper Trail: Essays (1994) 121 copies
The Window (1997) 118 copies
Route Two (1990) 3 copies

Associated Works

Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories (1991) — Contributor — 187 copies
Growing Up Native American (1993) — Contributor — 165 copies
Earth Song, Sky Spirit (1993) — Contributor — 66 copies
Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996) — Contributor — 59 copies
American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children (1982) — Foreword, some editions — 28 copies
Race: An Anthology in the First Person (1997) — Contributor — 26 copies


Common Knowledge



A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, Michael Dorris in World Reading Circle (March 2013)


Here's what I wrote in 2008 about this read: "There are many ways for a youth to be troubled, almost to the point of losing their way home, and many reasons to be troubled. But the bonds of woman and blood are strong. A tale of one such youth, with her mix of Native American and African American blood." Honesty, though, at this point I have no memory of reading this book.
MGADMJK | 38 other reviews | Feb 25, 2023 |
This story is about a Native American boy who has a sight impairment and it is harder for him to earn his adult name than other boys. He has to learn to rely on other senses since he can't see. Walnut goes on a dangerous journey which helps him earn his name. Walnut gradually learns confidence in himself through his journey in finding his name. He also learned the respect of his tribe by going on a dangerous adventure. This book is exciting and will keep you reading to the end!!
StephanieAllery | 12 other reviews | Feb 20, 2023 |
hcs_admin | 12 other reviews | Jan 3, 2023 |
This was the book I read in its entirety on a greyhound bus from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz as a senior in high school. The book has stayed with me for over a decade as a beautiful weaving of stories and the long-term effects of parents decisions on their children’s trajectories and lives. I should re-read at some point as an adult and see if it is as powerful.
SofiaKlatzker | 38 other reviews | Sep 30, 2022 |



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