Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors (Paperback)

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I never thought I’d be able to crown an all-time favorite, but I just finished this book and I think it was fate. Erdrich writes movingly about family, nature, and the importance of words, but most of all she is looking for answers to the question, “Books. Why?” And this is the question I’ve been trying to answer, both professionally and personally, since I learned to read. Everyone who reads should read this. (Jenn)

— From Jenn

I never thought I’d be able to crown an all-time favorite, but I just finished this book and I think it was fate. Erdrich writes movingly about family, nature, and the importance of words, but most of all she is looking for answers to the question, “Books. Why?” And this is the question I’ve been trying to answer, both professionally and personally, since I learned to read. Everyone who reads should read this. (Jenn)

— From Jenn

Description


For more than three decades, bestselling author Louise Erdrich has enthralled readers with dazzling novels that paint an evocative portrait of Native American life. From her dazzling first novel, Love Medicine, to the National Book Award-winning The Round House, Erdrich’s lyrical skill and emotional assurance have earned her a place alongside William Faulkner and Willa Cather as an author deeply rooted in the American landscape.

In Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, Erdrich takes us on an illuminating tour through the terrain her ancestors have inhabited for centuries: the lakes and islands of southern Ontario. Summoning to life the Ojibwe's sacred spirits and songs, their language and sorrows, she considers the many ways in which her tribe—whose name derives from the word ozhibii'ige, "to write"—have influenced her. Her journey links ancient stone paintings with a magical island where a bookish recluse built an extraordinary library, and she reveals how both have transformed her.

A blend of history, mythology, and memoir, Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country is an enchanting meditation on modern life, natural splendor, and the ancient spirituality and creativity of Erdrich's native homeland—a long, elemental tradition of storytelling that is in her blood.

About the Author


Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780062309969
ISBN-10: 006230996X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: March 11th, 2014
Pages: 160
Language: English