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Chris Eyre's "Skins" fascinated me so much that I bought the book, written by Lovelock Paiute poet/novelist Adrian Louis, and read it in two days. Despite its flaws - pubertal vulgarity in the narrative that didn't really fit the middle-aged characters (talk about some cringeworthy euphemisms!), sloppy POV, many redundancies, overuse of adjectives and alliterations - I loved the book for its sheer raw gripping power. 

Before I watched the movie, I never knew that the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is the poorest county in the United States. I had no idea that in the world's richest nation people exist in third-world conditions. It is appalling!

Fortunately there is a way to lend a helping hand through Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation. On their Website, you can find lists of items that are needed for a number of projects on the reservation, for example school supplies, CDs or books (which can be ordered and shipped directly to Pine Ridge via Amazon).

I ordered two books for one of their projects and will buy more as my budget allows. 

I appeal to all of you to do the same. 

Let's share our love of books by giving books to the less fortunate!

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