From the Ashes

From the Ashes

My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way

Book - 2019 | Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
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In this memoir, Jesse Thistle who is a Métis-Cree man writes about his painful past which included homelessness, addiction, and abuse. He also discusses how he found out the truth about his parents.
Publisher: Toronto : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2019.
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
ISBN: 9781982101213
Branch Call Number: 971.00497 THIST
Characteristics: x, 354 pages : illustrations


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Oct 15, 2020

Ordinary writing, present tense makes for juvenile tone, short chapters easy to read, but too lengthy overall.

Aug 14, 2020

I wish it had won Canada Reads 2020.

Aug 13, 2020

Book club July 2020

Jul 11, 2020

This book is an amazingly raw and honest depiction of the authors life and struggles. I believe his story deeply resingnates and represents the struggles that happens in the indigenous culture. Hopefully the readers come to this book with an openness to really hear and see how society has impacted the indigenous community. Also how addiction can cause so much damage for generations.

Jul 10, 2020

Incredible memoir of an individual's account on his journey through addiction and homelessness and struggles with family. I discovered it's a great companion read to Gabor Mate's book on addiction which I happened to read prior. If you want to understand people with addictions more, or have someone close struggling with addiction, this is a must read. If you want to learn more about marginalized people, this is a must read. Overall, a must read.

Jun 08, 2020

A well written and brutally honest memoir.

May 18, 2020

Fantastic and inspiring true story!

Apr 22, 2020

This moving memoir is written in a matter-of-fact, honest and conversational style where Jesse tells his story taking responsibility for the situation, he ended up in. The storytelling in this book brought me to places in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa where I have never gone, only heard about. As the book progressed, I tried to read this memoir without judging Jesse because of the early trauma, prejudice and racism he had endured. Jesse does not write himself as a hero but as a man with hope as he battles back to his indigenous culture, family and humanity.

IndyPL_MagalyC Apr 22, 2020

This memoir had me at the edge of my seat to find out how Thistle overcomes his drug and alcohol addiction. Thistle is candid in his experiences and I found myself holding my breath in anticipation (and anxiety) when following his downward spiral and struggle for survival. Despite many of the gut-wrenching descriptions and heartbreaking circumstances, this book was impossible to put down. It is a must-read for gaining insight on a unique perspective on Metis-Cree peoples, racism, drug addiction, and homelessness.

Feb 22, 2020

A must read! I just couldn't put the book down until I finished it. Bravo to the author for able to turn his life around under all odds and wrote such a masterpiece. It's time more should be done to improve the lives of our Indigenous people and provide better support to indigenous youths.

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