I'm finally reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Sometimes Alexie's style isn't my favorite, but this book is pretty entertaining, and I do like it a lot. I don't think I understand that it got the National Book Award, but I do think Sherman Alexie is hilarious and insightful, so I don't want to detract from that at all. He throws in cartoon illustrations, which are also funny and painfully honest. I guess that's why it won the National Book Award--an amazying blend of hilarity, pain, honesty, and insight.
So, yeah, I recommend it whole-heartedly.