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Books: One Native Life – By Richard Wagamese Published by Douglas & McIntyre

[ 0 ] August 1, 2010 |

One Native Life is an incredible work of dignity. This book should have been called Soul Work: A Life of Mending and Celebration because it is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. Through reading, listening to the radio and reconnecting with culture, language and family—and even learning to jog again at fifty—Richard Wagamese surfaces from a life of abuse, neglect, addiction and recovery to remind us all that we are so much stronger than we know: we can learn to love again; we can learn to trust again; we can learn to soar again and reclaim our rightful place on the path of honour; and, with self-respect, we can share our gifts to make this world a brighter place.

This book is a collection of Wagamese’s finest musings and recollections, including wisdom like “When you walk the territory of your being, the truth is everywhere around you.”  Life is inspiring and reminds you that if you can read, you can learn to do just about anything. As well, it was amazing to see how many lifetimes Wagamese has lived in this one: reporter, broadcaster, apprentice bannock maker, professional listener, and now storyteller and acclaimed author.

One Native Life is like a cup of cherished tea. You’ll want to sip it slowly.

One of my favourite Richard Wagamese works is Dream Wheels—a great novel that is also about family and mending. I’d suggest both of these works, to read a fine novel and to read about the man it took to write it.

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