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Rez Sensation: Pointing With Lips
by Press Release - Sara Jumping Eagle

Native American publishing collective Blue Hand Books has announced that Dana Lone Hill's sensational fiction novel POINTING WITH LIPS, A Week in the Life of a Rez Chick, debuts on and Kindle in early March 2014. It is now available in the Create Space e-store:

Her first book is already creating a rez sensation with Indian Country media:

Last Real Indians book review:
"Pointing With Lips" by Dana Lone Hill
Book Review by Sara Jumping Eagle

Powerful. I read the whole book in two days. I did not want to put it down. I laughed out loud and I cried. This book surprised me at every turn, kept me guessing. The main character of the book, Sincere, and her family, the "Strongheart" and "Rain on Shield" families, are in some ways – my family, my relatives, my friends – they are in some ways – me. The book, in an exciting and entertaining way, led discussions through a myriad of contemporary American Indian issues, discussions regarding the realities of Indian life. These are issues Indian families face every day – portrayed in a way which is not sugar coated, shown with a mean Indian woman reality. We can enjoy the rez humor we know and love, the crazy stories that are so "out there" as to be true, including those rez nicknames such as "Boogie" and "Two Times". This rez humor that helps us live and survive the pain of a world where weekly funerals and years per life lost dominate, the humor that shows that hope lives even while acknowledging the reality of shortened life spans due to health disparity and socioeconomic poverty culture. One of my favorite lines of the book seems to say it all – "maybe I was born pissed".

Dana Lone Hill, as an author and storyteller has done what so many struggle to do – to teach while entertaining, to open hearts without preaching or prying. In the same legacy of the best storytellers, you won't want to go to sleep once the story starts. While we are absorbed in the family life and love life of "Sincere" – we also learn some of the real history of the Lakota people, the real perspective of how hope and resilience arise amongst the contemporary issues of alcoholism, rez dogs, commodities, boarding school legacy, fried bologna, controversial Black Hills Gold, domestic violence, art, homosexuality, the nostalgic smell of burning trash, the fine art of watecha, the pain and flashbacks of sexual abuse, the beautiful taste of chokecherries in the summer, the hateful sting of racism, the wonderful saving grace of tribal colleges, and most of all – the underlying current of love for family and the people.
"I need to change. I need a change. No more suffering… suffering is what you know can be yours, you can see it, but can't touch it. That's us Lakota for the past hundred or so years. Suffering because we were made to suffer at first. Then suffering because we made ourselves suffer."

You can find out about Dana Lone Hill on her website:

"Dana Lone Hill is a powerful new voice from Lakota Country that has so often been confined to historical stereotype or painted in a contemporary setting with a one dimensional brush. Dana shatters those shackles and forms a deeply personal, raw and moving narrative that takes the reader deep into contemporary life on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one of the world's most complex and engaging societies." -Steven Lewis Simpson director of the Native films Rez Bomb, A Thunder-Being Nation & The Hub.

"With so much literature out there attempting to portray authentic Native life, it is refreshing to have a work written from the perspective of someone who has actually lived it. This book is essential reading for those attempting to understand the life of Native people living in America." – Brandon Ecoffey, editor, Native Sun News

"It is rare that you come across a new voice as authentic as Dana Lone Hill. She writes with passion and determination about a side of America that few will ever see. But Lonehill takes you there with emotion and raw power. Pointing With Lips is a startling debut." – Paul Harris, The Guardian

"Pointing with Lips by Dana Lone Hill just might be one of the best books I've come across—if not the best. A beautiful, entertaining, relatable, inspirational, and so-much-more read, Lone Hill's poetic yet readable wording makes you feel as if you're sitting attentively across from her, gripping a cup a coffee waiting for more." – Patricia Stein, Urban Native Magazine

"As her publisher, we are so thrilled for Dana and her first book depicting the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota and the realities of living there," Trace DeMeyer, founder of Blue Hand Books, said. "This book is a triumph for Dana and for her reservation relatives. It's so real you forget its fiction, and that's really good fiction."

Lone Hill is internationally recognized for her freelance writing in the Guardian newspaper, LAST REAL INDIANS, Lakota Country Times, The Intersection of Madness and Reality, LA Progressive and her popular blog: On Twitter: @JustARezChick.

Lone Hill was interviewed about her new book by the Jay NightWolf Radio program on her birthday on February 28. [Archive: The NightWolf Show - Fri 28 Feb 2014, (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 27.5 MB)]

Kindle ebook is available NOW. Kindle Ebook: $3.99 has BONUS

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