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Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (National Geographic Directions)

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ISBN13: 9780792257196
ISBN10: 0792257197
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Now Erdrich brings us a lovely and meditative account of a trip through the lakes and islands of southern Ontario with her new baby and the baby's father, an Ojibwe spiritual leader and guide. In this world, where her Ojibwe ancestors have lived for centuries, otter and moose still flourish, and ancient sturgeon leap in a glittering sunlit flash. But these natural splendors are just the backdrop to what Erdrich summons to life: the long, elemental tradition of storytelling that is in her blood. As she observes early on, her tribe's very name derives from the word ozhibii'ige, to write. Her journey will link eloquent stone paintings a thousand years old with a magical island where a bookish recluse built an extraordinary, improbable library — and show how both have fueled her dreams.

Review:

"Fans of Erdrich's best-selling fiction will recognize her signature combination of the sacred and the ordinary in this lively traveler's memoir, and many will enjoy the rare glimpse of her personal life." Hazel Rochman, Booklist

Review:

"We know we are in the hands of an exceptionally skilled, sensitive, observant writer." Washington Post

Review:

"Here, Erdrich reveals her true appetite for books, including a covetousness for certain volumes that borders on the unethical. Erdrich doesn't like to travel: 'For me, the leaving hurts,' she writes. But her calm voice and true instincts are plainly revealed in this simple account of a writer's regeneration." Susan Salter Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times

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The critically acclaimed author of Love Medicine describes her evocative odyssey back to the islands of her ancestors in southern Ontario, offering a compelling portrait of Ojibwe language, culture, spirits, traditions, and art as she visits centuries-old rock paintings and recalls her own family an

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Louise Erdrich, daughter of an Ojibwe-French mother and a German-American father, is one of our foremost contemporary writers. Her first novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and other prizes and launched a remarkable string of books that includes The Beet Queen, The Bingo Palace, Tales of Burning Love, and The Antelope Wife, among other triumphs. She lives in Minneapolis.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

For more than twenty years Louise Erdrich has dazzled readers with the intricately wrought, deeply poetic novels which have won her a place among today's finest writers. Her nonfiction is equally eloquent, and this lovely memoir offers a vivid glimpse of the landscape, the people, and the long tradition of storytelling that give her work its magical, elemental force.

In a small boat like those her Native American ancestors have used for countless generations, she travels to Ojibwe home ground, the islands of Lake of the Woods in southern Ontario. Her only companions are her new baby and the baby's father, an Ojibwe spiritual leader, on a pilgrimage to the sacred rock paintings their people have venerated for centuries as mystical teaching and dream guides, and where even today Ojibwe leave offerings of tobacco in token of their power. With these paintings as backdrop, Erdrich summons to life the Ojibwe's spirits and songs, their language and sorrows, and the tales that are in their blood, echoing through her own family's very contemporary American lives and shaping her vision of the wider world. Thoughtful, moving, and wonderfully well observed, her meditation evokes ancient wisdom, modern ways, and the universal human concerns we all share.

This book is a treasure and a delight.--Minneapolis Star Tribune

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Katherine Stevens, May 19, 2012 (view all comments by Katherine Stevens)
Strange, cool, little book from a Native American writer visiting her new daughter's father's ancestral home in Canada. As much about being a single mother and writer as what it means to be an American Indian among the territories and lakes of central Canada, Minnesota, or the Dakotas.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780792257196
Author:
Newhouse, Symmie
Publisher:
National Geographic
Author:
Erdrich, Louise
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Women novelists, American
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Ojibwa Indians
Subject:
Lake of the Woods.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
travel;memoir;native american;ojibwe;native americans
Copyright:
Series:
National Geographic Directions
Series Volume:
P20-544
Publication Date:
June 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.58x5.60x.77 in. .72 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » Northeast
Travel » Travel Writing » General

Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (National Geographic Directions)
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Product details 192 pages National Geographic Society - English 9780792257196 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Fans of Erdrich's best-selling fiction will recognize her signature combination of the sacred and the ordinary in this lively traveler's memoir, and many will enjoy the rare glimpse of her personal life."
"Review" by , "We know we are in the hands of an exceptionally skilled, sensitive, observant writer."
"Review" by , "Here, Erdrich reveals her true appetite for books, including a covetousness for certain volumes that borders on the unethical. Erdrich doesn't like to travel: 'For me, the leaving hurts,' she writes. But her calm voice and true instincts are plainly revealed in this simple account of a writer's regeneration."
"Synopsis" by , The critically acclaimed author of Love Medicine describes her evocative odyssey back to the islands of her ancestors in southern Ontario, offering a compelling portrait of Ojibwe language, culture, spirits, traditions, and art as she visits centuries-old rock paintings and recalls her own family an
"Synopsis" by , Louise Erdrich, daughter of an Ojibwe-French mother and a German-American father, is one of our foremost contemporary writers. Her first novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and other prizes and launched a remarkable string of books that includes The Beet Queen, The Bingo Palace, Tales of Burning Love, and The Antelope Wife, among other triumphs. She lives in Minneapolis.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , For more than twenty years Louise Erdrich has dazzled readers with the intricately wrought, deeply poetic novels which have won her a place among today's finest writers. Her nonfiction is equally eloquent, and this lovely memoir offers a vivid glimpse of the landscape, the people, and the long tradition of storytelling that give her work its magical, elemental force.

In a small boat like those her Native American ancestors have used for countless generations, she travels to Ojibwe home ground, the islands of Lake of the Woods in southern Ontario. Her only companions are her new baby and the baby's father, an Ojibwe spiritual leader, on a pilgrimage to the sacred rock paintings their people have venerated for centuries as mystical teaching and dream guides, and where even today Ojibwe leave offerings of tobacco in token of their power. With these paintings as backdrop, Erdrich summons to life the Ojibwe's spirits and songs, their language and sorrows, and the tales that are in their blood, echoing through her own family's very contemporary American lives and shaping her vision of the wider world. Thoughtful, moving, and wonderfully well observed, her meditation evokes ancient wisdom, modern ways, and the universal human concerns we all share.

This book is a treasure and a delight.--Minneapolis Star Tribune

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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