I came across your page of the best Indian books. I want to recommend a book to a friend. She mainly likes stories as opposed to non-fiction. Do you think The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie would that "one" book that might pique her interest in this topic? Or is there a book that you would personally suggest? Thanks for any help.
By "this topic," I presume you mean Native fiction.
Does it have to be by a Native author? I'm not a snob about these things. I think non-Native authors often do as good a job as Native authors. If a non-Native author doesn't know a culture as well but is a better writer, it's a wash.
It's been a long time since I read The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. The voters may have thought it was the best Native fiction, but I didn't. If you want Native fiction by a Native author, I'd probably recommend The Grass Dancer or The Indian Lawyer. If you allow non-Native authors, I'd recommend Pigs in Heaven, Coyote Blue, or Hunting Badger.