Personal Readings

Here are some of my recent (and not so recent) favorites:

  • Indian in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power – Jody Wilson-Raybould’s political memoir of leadership and integrity
  • The Marrow Thieves – Cherie Dimaline takes us on a journey into a future with echoes of our past
  • Trickster Trilogy – Eden Robinson’s novels provoke and enchant
  • Medicine Walk – Richard Wagamese’s beautiful story of family, of struggle, of forgiveness, and of love
  • The Truth About Stories: Thomas King’s 2003 Massey Lectures – essays/stories that can be reread again and again, and then listened to again and again. each time a new learning can be found
  • The Back of the Turtle – Thomas King’s work rolled like waves into my consciousness
  • Under a Thousand Suns – Khaled Hosseini’s poignant, and at times disturbing, stories of two women living through the struggles of Afghanistan in recent decades
  • Pattern Recognition – from William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, this novel is one of my favorites (and I also fell in love with the protagonist)
  • Life of Pi – when you reach the end of , which story this story by Yann Martel,  which would you choose?
  • Illusions, the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah – Richard Bach takes the reader on a simple and profound journey
  • A Race against Time – Stephen Lewis  writes a series of powerful essays. the first begins with ” I have spent the last four years watching people die”
  • Eleven Minutes – Paul Coelho’s words are magic.
  • Indigenous Storywork: Educating Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit – Jo-anne Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiim does just as the title promises
  • Moon of the Crusted Snow – Waubgeshig Rice’s novel resonates loudly in the world we live in today

And a few favoured authors:

  • Daphne Marlatt
  • Richard Wagamese
  • William Gibson
  • Manda Scott
  • JRR Tolkien
  • Ursula le Guin
  • Drew Hayden Taylor
  • Thomas King
  • Eden Robinson
  • Sherman Alexcee
  • Minette Walters
  • P.D. James
  • Paul Coelho
  • Stuart MacBride (for dark, gritty Scottish crime fiction)

2 Responses to Personal Readings

  1. Shirley Burdon says:

    Hi Jo – I just discovered this page. Thanks as always for your generosity in sharing. I was wondering if you’ve read There, There by Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho)? I’m thinking of using it for EFP 10 and would value your thoughts.

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  2. Michael Barnes says:

    Wendy Wickwire’s book At the Bridge tells the story of the Nlaka ‘Pamux people and James Teit — from the Shetland Islands — his close involvement with First Nations. I am reading selections of the book to my grade 4 and 5 students. It needs lots of interpretation but it is worth it. Author Wickwire even “zoomed” into my Coquitlam classroom to talk to my class. Cheers, Mike Barnes


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