By: Paula L. Kostman
The downfall of this enthralling story, sadly, is that the person telling the story, while having insider information as she married the Iñupiaq man whose experiences this story is based on, is not Iñupiaq herself. Indeed, she is European American, a member of the very people that caused the indigenous peoples’ cultural devastation. While, the story is well-written and believable, it highlights the arrogance that we white people would have any right to tell the stories of those we have oppressed to the brink of cultural extinction. But, for what it is, My Name is Not Easy is a story that needs to be told, and I still recommend it as a must read book for all of American youth.