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The Names
By N. Scott Momaday
170 pp. / 5.50 in x 8.50 in / 1987
Paper (978-0-8165-1046-7)
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Of all of the works of N. Scott Momaday, The Names may be the most personal. A memoir of his boyhood in Oklahoma and the Southwest, it is also described by Momaday as "an act of the imagination.
It is a search and a celebration, a book of identities and sources....Out of ordinary materials—genealogy, tribal tales, memories of a boyhood spent in Oklahoma, at Ship Rock in the Navajo country and at the Jemez pueblo, where his parents taught school—he has built a mystical, provocative book.

—Wallace Stegner, New York Times

A Native American version of 'Roots' . . . full of the sense of wonder that characterizes classic American literature.


Graceful, lucid prose...[Momaday] is forever an Indian and the reader understands why.

—Atlantic Monthly

With the eye of a painter and the voice of a poet, Momaday vividly recreates a childhood world of color, sound, and experience played out against the backdrop of tribal tales and in the shadow of revered forebears. . . . An eloquent statement of this distinguished Native American author's search for identity.

—Journal of Arizona History

When I turn my mind to my early life, it is the imaginative part of it that comes first and irresistibly into reach, and of that part I take hold." Complete with family photos, The Names is a book that will captivate readers who wish to experience the Native American way of life.

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