Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (National Geographic Directions Series)

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Overview

For more than twenty years Louise Erdrich has dazzled readers with the intricately wrought, deeply poetic novels which have won her a place among today's finest writers. Her nonfiction is equally eloquent, and this lovely memoir offers a vivid glimpse of the landscape, the people, and the long tradition of storytelling that give her work its magical, elemental force.

In a small boat like those her Native American ancestors have used for countless generations, she travels to ...

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Overview

For more than twenty years Louise Erdrich has dazzled readers with the intricately wrought, deeply poetic novels which have won her a place among today's finest writers. Her nonfiction is equally eloquent, and this lovely memoir offers a vivid glimpse of the landscape, the people, and the long tradition of storytelling that give her work its magical, elemental force.

In a small boat like those her Native American ancestors have used for countless generations, she travels to Ojibwe home ground, the islands of Lake of the Woods in southern Ontario. Her only companions are her new baby and the baby's father, an Ojibwe spiritual leader, on a pilgrimage to the sacred rock paintings their people have venerated for centuries as mystical "teaching and dream guides," and where even today Ojibwe leave offerings of tobacco in token of their power. With these paintings as backdrop, Erdrich summons to life the Ojibwe's spirits and songs, their language and sorrows, and the tales that are in their blood, echoing through her own family's very contemporary American lives and shaping her vision of the wider world. Thoughtful, moving, and wonderfully well observed, her meditation evokes ancient wisdom, modern ways, and the universal human concerns we all share.

"This book is a treasure and a delight."—Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Editorial Reviews

The Los Angeles Times
Here, Erdrich reveals her true appetite for books, including a covetousness for certain volumes that borders on the unethical. Erdrich doesn't like to travel: "For me, the leaving hurts," she writes. But her calm voice and true instincts are plainly revealed in this simple account of a writer's regeneration. — Susan Salter Reynolds
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792253730
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 6/20/2006
  • Series: National Geographic Directions Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,268,097
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich, daughter of an Ojibwe-French mother and a German-American father, is one of our foremost contemporary writers. Her first novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and other prizes and launched a remarkable string of books that includes The Beet Queen, The Bingo Palace, Tales of Burning Love, and The Antelope Wife, among other triumphs. She lives in Minneapolis.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Louise Karen Erdrich (full name; pronounced "air-drik")
    2. Hometown:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 7, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Little Falls, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B.A., Dartmouth College, 1976; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1979

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Books and Islands 1
Ch. 2 Islands 19
Ch. 3 Rock Paintings 47
Ch. 4 Books 91
Ch. 5 Home 127
Acknowledgments 143
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    Posted January 28, 2013

    Sucky

    DISCUSTING GROSS YUCK EW
    REVOLTING BAD HORRIBLE WHERES THE INTRESTING PART?!?!?! BORING (YAWN) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WEIRD BIZZARE WASTE OF TIME ,MONEY STUPID

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    The best magzen i ever read

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