THE NAMES A Memoir
by N. Scott Momaday
Publisher: Sun Tracks / The University of Arizona Press, Tucson
Softcover, first edition, 1976, 170 pages, illustrated with vintage photographs.
Autographed by the author
In general, this narrative is an autobiographical account. It is a Native American version of “Roots”, full of the sense of wonder that characterizes classic American literature. It is a search and a celebration, a book of identities and sources. Out of ordinary materials—genealogy, travel tales, memories of a boyhood spent in Oklahoma, at Shiprock in the Navajo country, and at the Jemez Pueblo, where his parents taught school—he has built a mystical, provocative book. N. Scott Momaday is professor of English at the University of Arizona. A novelist, poet, and painter, he is the author of House Made of Dawn, The Way to Rainy Mountain, The Gourd Dancer, Angels of Geese, and Other Poems.