400 Kilometres

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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor

Publisher: Talonbooks Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 127

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The third play in Taylor's hilarious and heart-wrenching identity-politics trilogy. Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

God and the Indian

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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor

Publisher: Talonbooks Limited

ISBN: 9780889228443

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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While panhandling outside a coffee shop, Johnny, a Cree woman who lives on the streets, is shocked to recognize a face from her childhood, which was spent in a residential school. Desperate to hear the man acknowledge the terrible abuse he inflicted on her and other children at the school, Johnny follows Anglican bishop George King to his office to confront him. Inside King’s office, Johnny’s memories are fluid, shifting, and her voice cracks with raw emotion. Is the bishop actually guilty of what she claims, or has her ability to recollect been altered by poverty, abuse, and starvation experienced on the streets? Can her memories be trusted? Who is responsible for what? At its core, God and the Indian, by celebrated Aboriginal playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, explores the complex process of healing through dialogue. Loosely based on Death and the Maiden by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman, the play identifies the ambiguities that frame past traumatic events. Against the backdrop of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has facilitated the recent outpouring of stories from residential school survivors across the country, the play explores what is possible when the abused meets the abuser and is given a free forum for expression. Cast of 1 woman and 1 man.

Someday

A Play

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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781927083345

Category: Indians of North America

Page: 81

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Someday is a powerful play by award-winning playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. The story in Someday, though told through fictional characters and full of Taylor's distinctive wit and humour, is based on the real-life tragedies suffered by many Native Canadian families. Anne Wabung's daughter was taken away by children's aid workers when the girl was only a toddler. It is Christmastime 35 years later, and Anne's yearning to see her now-grown daughter is stronger than ever. When the family is finally reunited, however, the dreams of neither women are fulfilled. The setting for the play is a fictional Ojibway community, but could be any reserve in Canada, where thousands of Native children were removed from their families in what is known among Native people as the "scoop-up" of the 1950s and 1960s. Someday is an entertaining, humourous, and spirited play that packs an intense emotional wallop.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Author: Sherman Alexie

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316219304

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 272

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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Motorcycles and Sweetgrass

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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307398064

Category: Fiction

Page: 348

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Maggie Second is the chief of the community in central Ontario and her mother, Lillian, is dying. When the old woman summonds a handsome white stranger who has come to town, and only known to her, she charges him with a mission to help the people she loves the most, her daugher and grandson, Virgil. Maggie finds herself increasingly enamoured with the handsome young White man, but Virgil, is less than enchanted. With the help of his uncle, Wayne they will try and drive the stranger from the reserve.

Crees in the Caribbean

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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor

Publisher: Talonbooks

ISBN: 9781772011487

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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A middle-aged Cree couple reflect on their life together while vacationing for the first time. A funny, touching, surprising play.

Dead White Writer on the Floor

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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor

Publisher: Talonbooks Limited

ISBN: 9780889226630

Category: Drama

Page: 112

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A funny yet thought-provoking play about identity politics. Cast of 4 men and 1 woman.

Take Us to Your Chief

And Other Stories: Classic Science-Fiction with a Contemporary First Nations Outlook

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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor

Publisher: D & M Publishers

ISBN: 177162132X

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Native man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. Drawing inspiration from science fiction legends like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropes in an Aboriginal perspective. The nine stories in this collection span all traditional topics of science fiction--from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations. Yet Taylor's First Nations perspective draws fresh parallels, likening the cultural implications of alien contact to those of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, or highlighting the impossibility of remaining a "good Native" in such an unnatural situation as a space mission. Infused with Native stories and variously mysterious, magical and humorous, Take Us to Your Chief is the perfect mesh of nostalgically 1950s-esque science fiction with modern First Nations discourse.

The Glass Castle

A Memoir

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Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Funny, You Don't Look Like One

Observations of a Blue-eyed Ojibway

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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor

Publisher: Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books, l998.

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 142

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Funny, You Don't Look Like One is the first book in what became a series of four by Drew Hayden Taylor. The articles, essays and columns in this volume cover many issues pertaining to Aboriginal life and often give a humorous take on each subject. Taylor describes his collection as "simply the ideas and observations of a Native person living in this country we call Canada—the good, the bad and the ugly."

Whiskey's Children

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Author: Jack Erdmann,Larry Kearney

Publisher: Kensington Books

ISBN: 9781575663050

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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A poignant and dramatic look into the soul of Jack Erdmann--a brilliant and attractive man who became a fourth-generation alcoholic--details his struggle from the depths of addiction to the joy of recovery and the renewal of faith. Reprint.

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption

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Author: Brenda Spahn,Irene Zutell

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

ISBN: 0307732177

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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The author describes how, after a brush with the law, she reluctantly took seven female parolees into her home and soon learned the power of faith and how God can change hearts forever.

Alcoholics Anonymous

the story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism

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Author: Bill W.

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Alcoholics

Page: 575

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Fearless Warriors

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Author: Drew Hayden Taylor

Publisher: Talonbooks Limited

ISBN: 9780889225978

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 8513

Internationally acclaimed Native playwright Taylor's powerful, haunting and incredibly entertaining stories in Fearless Warriors are a full frontal assault on stereotypes of all kinds--an edifying affirmation of humanity unlike anything else in North American fiction. No quarter is given, nor is it taken; Native stereotypes of white culture are as fair a species of game for this writer as any other. More than anything else, these stories shine with a wisdom, an understanding of the human condition, that is rare among writers courageous enough to take on these thematics--even just one of these stories, "The Boy in the Ditch" does more to illuminate the tragedy of the pre-teen gasoline sniffing culture of Davis Inlet than countless government commissions will ever do.

Embraced by the Light

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Author: Betty Jean Eadie

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553565915

Category: Self-Help

Page: 147

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The author recounts her near-death experience, recounting the miraculous visions she saw, the emotions she experienced, and how it changed her subsequent life

Drunks

An American History

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Author: Christopher M. Finan

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807001791

Category: HISTORY

Page: 326

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"A social history of alcoholism in the United States, from the seventeenth century to the present day Today, millions of Americans are struggling with alcoholism, but millions are also in long-term recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and a growing number of recovery organizations are providing support for alcoholics who will face the danger of relapse for the rest of their lives. We have finally come to understand alcoholism as a treatable illness, rather than a moral failure. Today's advocates can draw inspiration from the victories of sober drunks throughout American history. Christopher Finan recounts the nation's history with alcohol and its search for sobriety, which began among Native Americans in the colonial period, when liquor was used to cheat them of their property. He introduces us to the first of a colorful cast of characters, a remarkable Iroquois leader named Handsome Lake, who dedicated his life to helping his people renounce hard liquor. And we meet Carrie Nation, the wife of an alcoholic who destroyed bars with an ax in her anger over what alcohol had done to her family, as well as the idealistic and energetic Washingtonians, reformed drunks who led the first national movement to save men like themselves. Finan also tells the dramatic story of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the two drunks who helped each other stay sober and then created AA, which survived its tumultuous early years and has made it possible for millions of men and women to quit drinking. This is narrative history at its best: entertaining and authoritative, an important portrait of one of America's great liberation movements"--

The Outsiders

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Author: S. E. Hinton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101642610

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 208

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50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging. No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far. The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was first published. "The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world." —The New York Times "Taut with tension, filled with drama." —The Chicago Tribune "[A] classic coming-of-age book." —Philadelphia Daily News A New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book A Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Winner of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Cure for Death by Lightning

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Author: Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307816214

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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When fifteen-year-old Beth Week’s family is attacked by a grizzly, her father becomes increasingly violent, making him a danger to his neighbors, his family, and especially Beth. Meanwhile, several young children from the nearby Indian reservation have gone missing, and Beth fears that something is pursuing her in the bush. But friendship with an Indian girl connects her to a mythology that enriches her landscape; and an unexpected protector shores up her world. Set on an isolated Canadian farm in the midst of World War II, The Cure for Death by Lightning evokes a life at once harshly demanding and rich in sensory pleasures: the deafening chatter of starlings, the sight of thousands of painted turtles crossing a road, the smell of baking that fills the Weeks’s kitchen. The novel is sprinkled throughout with recipes and remedies from the scrapbook Beth’s mother keeps, a boon to Beth as she learns to face down her demons--and one of many elements that give The Cure for Death by Lightning its enchanting vitality.

Control

Exposing the Truth About Guns

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Author: Glenn Beck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476739889

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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#1 bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck shines a spotlight on today’s culture of violence and provides practical, timely, and fact-based answers to the most commonly heard gun-control arguments. When our founding fathers secured the Constitutional “right of the people to keep and bear arms,” they also added the admonition that this right SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. It is the only time this phrase appears in the Bill of Rights. So why aren’t more people listening? History has proven that guns are essential to self-defense and liberty—but tragedy is a powerful force and has led many to believe that guns are the enemy, that the Second Amendment is outdated, and that more restrictions or outright bans on firearms will somehow solve everything. They are wrong. In CONTROL, Glenn Beck presents a passionate, fact-based case for guns that reveals why gun control isn’t really about controlling guns at all; it’s about controlling us. In doing so, he takes on and debunks the common myths and outright lies that are often used to vilify guns and demean their owners: The Second Amendment is ABOUT MUSKETS . . . GUN CONTROL WORKS in other countries . . . 40 percent of all guns are sold without BACKGROUND CHECKS . . . More GUNS MEAN more MURDER . . . Mass shootings are becoming more common . . . These awful MASSACRES ARE UNIQUE TO AMERICA . . . No CIVILIAN needs a “weapon of war” like the AR-15 . . . ARMED GUARDS in schools do nothing, just look at Columbine . . . Stop FEARMONGERING, no one is talking about TAKING YOUR GUNS AWAY. Backed by hundreds of sources, this handbook gives everyone who cares about the Second Amendment the indisputable facts they need to reclaim the debate, defeat the fear, and take back their natural rights.