Imagine Otherwise

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Our Fire Survives the Storm

This book examines many of the ways that Cherokees have understood & expressed identity and experience through writing in English. Drawing from this rich and ever-expanding canon, I examine three primary features of historical & contemporary Cherokee life--nationhood, removal, and regeneration--through literary expressions .

become unique

The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature is the most comprehensive and expansive critical handbook of Indigenous American literatures published to date. It is the first to fully take into account the last fifteen years of recovery and scholarship, and the first to most significantly address the diverse range of text.


My personal motto is “Imagine Otherwise,” and this is the perspective that shapes all my writing, but especially my creative work. How might the world look different if we didn’t start with the corrosive and simplistic binary of “savagism vs. civilization”? What would fantasy fiction look like with women, Indigenous people, queer folks, and other stereotyped or marginalized communities at the centre rather than the margins? Do our imagined secondary worlds have to look to Europe and its patriarchal and colonial legacies for inspiration, or can we look to the deep roots of this land and the cultures, perspectives, lineages, genders, and histories embedded here? This is what inspires me, and what I hope in my own work helps to make room for others to expand the possibilities of wonder and imagination in more diverse, more expansive, and more complex ways.

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Welcome to my newly revised and updated website! It’s been a long time coming–almost eight years since my first website came online–and it seemed like high time to try something a bit different.  Web designers Ian Krykorka and Shalon Perry sorted through my lists of fonts, design suggestions, images, and site architecture to create this crisper, more visually appealing, focused, and navigable site–wado for all their great work!

Daniel Heath Justice

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Best Fiction Books of 2017

Fiction books are often an escape to our problems we face in the real world. There are many brilliant fiction books and the following are some of the best collections of fiction books of the year 2017:

The Answers by Catherine Lacey:

The book is about a women who is struggling to figure out what to do in her life. She was a girl who was raised off the grid and she travelled all over the world to figure out the meaning of life. The book begins where she is out of money and is suffering from an illness which can be cured by new age therapy which is quite costly. So she tries to work on a side job which is a relationship experiment that is funded by Kurt Sky who is a movie star. The experiment deals with suiting Kurt with a suitable woman who will satisfy all his needs. The story goes on how this woman becomes his emotional friend and they travel the world looking for answers but only to find out that love has become a mere comedy and they could not find any answers after all.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko:

The story is about an undocumented mother who leaves her son who is 11 years old. The son grows up and constantly wonders why his mother had to leave and he desperately wants to find his mother. He gets adopted by a white couple who is very nice to him but even then the boy is determined to find his birth mother and is curious to know the reason why she left him. The story is quite sad and it speaks a lot about immigration and other truths but it is definitely worth reading.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng:

Little Fires Everywhere is about a couple in Ohio who are having a tough time in battling infertility and then decide to adopt a Chinese infant. Later the story goes on how the biological mother comes back for her baby and challenges the adoption. There is a debate over which is better for the child and the parents. The book speaks the truth about interracial adoption and the love adoptive parents have for their children.

Made for Love, Alissa Nutting:

Made for Love is about a young girl who leaves her husband and ends up on her dad’s trailer who happens to be a sex addict and shares his trailer only with his sex dolls. Her ex is working on a marketing plan for brain implant which were meant to bring couples together. He suffers an aquatic accident where his sex drive is rewired and he becomes attracted to dolphins. The book is about how love is turned into a meaningless entity and how we are betrayed by our own wants and needs.

Six ways to kick start and feed your reading habit


Most people think that reading is boring, but one has to immerse themselves in a book to fully understand the essence of that book. A book is something which builds your imagination, and it takes you to places you can’t possibly imagine. If you think reading a book is boring, then you are missing out on a lot of things. It is such an amazing experience to indulge yourself in a book when the whole world around you is in chaos. Not only will you develop your language but also gain so much knowledge, and your imagination will grow like never before. So if you are planning to get started with reading, the following are some of the tips to help you to kick-start your reading habit:

Set a time:

Make sure to set a particular time where you will make yourself read. For example, you can make it a habit of reading for about 20 to 30 minutes every day after lunch or before going to bed or whichever time suits you the most. By reading daily, you will develop a habit, and you will gain interest in reading.

Carry a book with you:

Make it a point to carry a book wherever you go. For example, if you happen to travel to your work or school through a public transport where you will have some solid time to read, you can take a book with you can start to read. You never know which part of the day you will get some free time. You can even take out your book and start reading when you are waiting in a long queue or pretty much any place where you have some free time.

Make a list:

Make a list of all the books you want to read, and you can strike down each book as you finish reading them. Making a list will give you a sense of satisfaction, and you will be eager to finish all the books on your list.

Read to your kid:

If you have kids in your family, you can read to them, and this is a great way to improve their knowledge and interest in reading. You will also develop your reading habit, and you will spend some quality time with your children.


Start with short stories:

Do not start with a long novel as you might lose interest in the middle. You can start with short stories so that you will understand the essence of reading and train your brain to wait till the whole story is finished.

Start with the genre which you will enjoy the most:

If you are interested in fiction, then you can start with fictional books and then start to explore other genres. You can read the reviews of books and pick out your book choices.

James M. Hopkins

James is the proud owner of “Books for Junkies” , a nationwide franchise with sells books for kids aged 7-9. James is a musician and tours across the country in his spare time.

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

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