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Publisher's Summary

A collection of warm, wise, and inspiring stories from the author of the best-selling One Native Life

Since its publication in 2008, readers and reviewers have embraced Richard Wagamese's One Native Life. "In quiet tones and luminous language," wrote the Winnipeg Free Press, "Wagamese shares his hurts and joys, inviting readers to find the ways in which they are joined to him and to consider how they might be joined to others."

In this book, Richard Wagamese again invites listeners to accompany him on his travels. This time his focus is on stories: how they shape us, how they empower us, how they change our lives. Ancient and contemporary, cultural and spiritual, funny and sad, the tales are grouped according to the four essential principles Ojibway traditional teachers sought to impart: humility, trust, introspection, and wisdom.

Whether the topic is learning from his fifth grade teacher about Martin Luther King Jr., gleaning understanding from a wolf track, lighting a fire for the first time without matches, or finding the universe in an eagle feather, these stories exhibit the warmth, wisdom, and generosity that made One Native Life so popular. As always, in this book, the land serves as Wagamese's guide. And as always, he finds that true home means not only community but conversation - good, straight-hearted talk about important things. We all need to tell our stories, he says. Every voice matters.

©2018 Richard Wagamese (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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This book touched my heart

While the writer speaks from the perspective of a First Nation Canadian he brings together the experiences of many whose stories include being excluded and devalued. I love that he speaks to the need to respect the land and the animals who were here before us. I love that he uses opportunities to teach us how to walk the earth with respect for each other knowing that we are all connected. I love his honesty that that he uses to call our attention to the homeless, and to our youth. I wish these lessons were taught in our schools and more than this in all of our homes. My heart has been touched and I will carry these lessons with me and share them. My thanks to this writer.

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Great read about Canadian aboriginal experience!

Author went through his life experience, from rough youth beginnings to adolescence meaning finding to contentment with nature at old age. A glimpse into being native in Canada, how rough it was and how to navigate the experience to better place

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Good Medicine!

Splendid! Authored by somebody I would love to have as a mentor.. Peaceful healing energy.

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Many voices in one song

A real storyteller. Each story is so good We really should stop after each one and let them speak to us.

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A Beautiful Book

Filled with wisdom and love. A book for all readers, not just Native ones, that will illuminate your own life as much as it does his.

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treasure here

there is deep wisdom, smiles and heartbreak here. We are one. do listen to it.

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Great story

A story peppered with harsh truths and crafty alliteration that keeps the reader interested and amused. A great listen that helps one to understand the plight of Native peoples, the significance of giving to others, and the importance of connection to nature.

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Nothing is more stirring than truth told from experience. I thank you for sharing your truth, your advice about writing for 15 minutes every day, and your morning ritual. You are one of the few authors I have connected with in such a beautiful way. Love, light, peace and blessings always my brother.

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Some passages were profoundly written and others felt like filler. He has the ability to write beautiful imagery and tell important stories and those passages were wonderful. The remaining 50% of the book was mundane, cliché, and entailed an annoying number of lists. I wound up speeding up the reading to get through it.

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well written we'll read

loved it, a personal perspective on complex issues from an individual who has struggled through them.

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  • 10-30-20

Wonderful

The most beautiful collection of thoughts on human nature and the natural world, which is a wonderful sticking plaster in these challenging modern times. The writing is rich and dense with meaning, yet effortless in its flow from the page. Narration is at a good pace and complements the mood.
The best audiobook discovery so far!

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Excellent

This is interesting, raises questions and is a good read. The voice of writer and performer are gentle, kind compassionate and clear sighted. I’d recommend it highly