As a girl, I was always interested in stories about the American frontier and the experiences of people during the settlement of America. This was the first book that moved me to tears, I mean, an all out emotional downpour of emotion. Words alone had never before evoked sympathy for someone’s story the way that audio or visual cues had in film or radio where you have facial expressions or tone of voice to elicit a reaction. Discovering such a powerful, truth telling book, taught me the biggest lesson in why the written word, education, history and diversity of perspective are so important. This was the first time I had read a perspective on my own and outside of what I had been given to read in non-fiction history. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee opened up my world view in so many ways and broadened my fiction interests, discovering unique characters and stories in fiction works like “The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint”, by Brady Udall, “The Roundhouse”, by Louise Erdich and “There There”, by Tommy Orange.