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One Native Life

September 2009

“I have been touched deeply by Richard Wagamese’s reflections on life, adversity, and healing…His message of hope and belonging urges every Canadian to set out each dawn to find meaning in ourselves, figure out where we belong, and nurture our humanity.”

Waterloo Region Record, Sep 18, 2009
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March 2009

“Whether he’s writing about playing baseball, running away with the circus, attending a sacred bundle ceremony or meeting Pierre Trudeau, he tells these stories with a healing spirit. Through them, Wagamese celebrates the learning journey his life has been.”

Above and Beyond, Mar 24, 2009
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February 2009

“Richard is a heck of a writer, and I’m excited to know that his columns and essays are now collected in a book.”

Utne Reader, Feb 24, 2009
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December 2008

“Wagamese began his writing career as a newspaper journalist and broadcaster and was awarded the National Newspaper Award for column writing. His mastery of that art and craft is evident in the concise, deft fusion of memory and reflection in these vivid essays.”

Edmonton Journal, Dec 11, 2008
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December 2008

“This memoir of an Ojibwa man’s self-journey is delicate and strangely beautiful, each vignette (written in early dawn) seems to radiate from point to luminous point…”

Globe and Mail, Dec 6, 2008
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November 2008

“This design is perfect in its simplicity: it captures the personal content and informal tone of Wagamese’s writing in a quiet, inviting, and unassuming way. There’s a sense of both narrative and history in the birch-bark background… "

Quill & Quire, Nov 4, 2008
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October 2008

“Writing with appealing warmth and gentle humour, he is frank about his insecurities and failings. Rather than play the blame game, he concentrates on appreciating the people who nurtured and helped him when he needed it most. ‘Emotions recollected in tranquility,’ in Wordsworth’s famous phrase, is the tenor of his reminiscences.”

Vancouver Sun, Oct 25, 2008
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October 2008

One Native Life is a journey, snapshots of events as Wagamese moves through a life of loneliness, forever searching for that place to belong as he travels to reclaim an identity denied him as a child. Within these vignettes, we see the joyous spirit Wagamese has become.”

Chronicle Herald, Oct 5, 2008
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October 2008

“[Wagamese] tells of his life in brief, lyrical and reflective chapters. Each is a lesson born out of the spiritual and traditional ways of the Ojibwa. Reading Wagamese is akin to being invited to sit down and listen to the words of a man who rediscovered his life, a youngish elder who now understands its meaning. …One Native Life is an exceptional memoir…”

Owen Sound Times, Oct 3, 2008
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October 2008

"[Wagamese'] memoir is an insightful look at his search for his roots and the traditions binding him not only to his people but the 'great, grand circle' of humanity."

Booklist, Oct 1, 2008
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