Reading for Reconciliation

ā€œAll Canadians, as Treaty peoples, share responsibility for establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships.ā€ What We Have Learned, Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report, 2015 I have made it a point in starting this blog to include reviews of as many books written by Indigenous authors as I can. This is a project to close the […]

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ā€˜A Mind Spread Out on the Groundā€™ tells of trauma, resilience in ReconciliationĀ© Canada

Elliott recounts their turbulent relationship – her motherā€™s struggle with bipolar disorder, her fatherā€™s struggle with racism and the history of colonialism in North America – in a debut that cuts to the core of what it means to call yourself Canadian in the twenty-first century.

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To the brink and back: Allison Watson’s Transplanted

Transplanted is a text that takes its reader to the furthest reaches of medical technology, to the brink of death, then back through the hard journey of sustaining the physical and mental resiliency it takes to heal a body that has been profoundly traumatized. What Allison calls ā€œThe seemingly continuous attempt of my body to die.” It reflects the transplantation of one pair of lungs into the body of another, in an Ouroboros-like maneuver of death creating life.

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