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From the Ashes: My Story of Being Indigenous, Homeless, and Finding My Way Library Binding – Large Print, Nov. 24 2021

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"A courageously heartfelt journey from profound self-destruction to redemption." --Kirkus

"Readers will be gripped." -Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

"From the Ashes makes a terrific contribution in that it brings to light the lived experience of Indigenous People in North America. Thistle makes an especially valuable contribution in today's growing national conversation about the historic and systemic racism of Black, Brown and Native American peoples, the driving force behind the out-of-proportion rates of homelessness, police brutality, deficient healthcare, incarceration rates, uneven administration of justice, and inadequate education in our nation--all these issues are covered in glaring honesty and brutal truth. A must read for all Americans, but especially for educators, policy makers, and front line workers."--Dr. Sam Tsemberis, creator of Housing First, CEO of the Pathways Housing First Institute, and Clinical Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.

"An illuminating, inside account of homelessness, a study of survival and freedom...I found myselfing gasping out loud at parts, unable to put the book down. Jesse's story shows us that there is nothing that cannot be transformed." --Amanda Lindhout, bestselling co-author of A House in the Sky

"Blown away by From the Ashes. An eloquent memoir of Métis life and surviving the streets by con-turned-scholar Jesse Thistle." --Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room

"In this page-turner of a memoir--raw, honest, gripping, wrenching and inspiring--Jesse Thistle gifts us with an intimate and bracing look into the realities, traumas and triumphs of Indigenous life in today's North America." --Gabor Maté M.D., bestselling author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

About the Author

Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and an assistant professor in Humanities at York University in Toronto. From the Ashes was the top-selling Canadian book in 2020, the winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction, Indigenous Voices Award, and High Plains Book Award, and also a finalist for CBC Canada Reads. Jesse won a Governor General's Academic Medal in 2016, and is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Vanier Scholar. A frequent keynote speaker, he lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Lucie, and is at work on multiple projects, including his next book. Visit him at JesseThistle.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thorndike Press Large Print; Large type / Large print edition (Nov. 24 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Library Binding ‏ : ‎ 677 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1432892479
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1432892470
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 658 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.22 x 2.79 x 21.59 cm
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JESSE THISTLE is Métis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and an assistant professor in Humanities at York University in Toronto. From the Ashes was the top-selling Canadian book in 2020, the winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction, Indigenous Voices Award, and High Plains Book Award, and also a finalist for CBC Canada Reads. Jesse won a Governor General’s Academic Medal in 2016 and is a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Vanier Scholar. A frequent keynote speaker, he lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Lucie, and is at work on multiple projects, including his next book. Visit him at JesseThistle.com.

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Thrilling memoir about homelessness in Canada. I usually don't like to read very much and read this book so fast! If you like "The Glass Castle" and "Educated", this book is for you. Highly recommend.
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