Douglas & McIntyre
One Native Life

Book details:

March 2009
ISBN 978-1-55365-312-7
Paperback - Trade
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
272 pages
Biography & Autobiography / Native Americans BIO028000
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies SOC021000
Social Science / Anthropology
$19.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

One Native Life

One of the Globe and Mail’s 2008 Top 100, a warm-hearted chronicle of one man’s journey back to himself

“This is the language of trauma and its miraculous recovery, a beautiful and important Canadian work.”—Globe and Mail

One Native Life is extraordinary. These gorgeous glimpses into the world of one of our great Ojibway storytellers-his triumphs and troubles, his discovery of self through friends and the natural world-is some of the finest memoir I’ve had the pleasure to read. Told with honesty and simplicity, Wagamese’s worldview is anchored in the poetic and in the concrete. An honesty, a peacefulness, and an acceptance emerges that can only come from the mind of a great writer, especially a writer with this man’s life experience. Richard Wagamese is a national treasure.” —Joseph Boyden, author of Three Day Road

“Wagamese’s memoir, One Native Life, works from a very different palette. Delicate and strangely beautiful, each vignette (written in early dawn) seems to radiate from point to luminous point… This is the language of trauma and its miraculous recovery, a beautiful and important Canadian work.” —Globe and Mail, September 6, 2008

“[A book] that should be read by all Canadians.” —The Calgary Herald, August 23, 2008

“His latest book of nonfiction showcases him as a writer of insight and eloquence, as it recounts episodes of his life from childhood onward. Whether about growing up in foster care or about reuniting with his Ojibway heritage, the dozens of original essays that comprise One Native Life extol the virtues of reclaiming displaced identity and healing through a sense of belonging.” —Georgia Straight, September 11, 2008

About the Author

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Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese (1955–2017), an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, was recognized as one of Canada's foremost First Nations ...

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