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Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country

By Louise Erdrich
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Publisher Description

For more than three decades, bestselling author Louise Erdrich has enthralled readers with dazzling novels that paint an evocative portrait of Native American life. From her dazzling first novel, Love Medicine, to the National Book Award-winning The Round House, Erdrich’s lyrical skill and emotional assurance have earned her a place alongside William Faulkner and Willa Cather as an author deeply rooted in the American landscape.

In Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, Erdrich takes us on an illuminating tour through the terrain her ancestors have inhabited for centuries: the lakes and islands of southern Ontario. Summoning to life the Ojibwe's sacred spirits and songs, their language and sorrows, she considers the many ways in which her tribe—whose name derives from the word ozhibii'ige, "to write"—have influenced her. Her journey links ancient stone paintings with a magical island where a bookish recluse built an extraordinary library, and she reveals how both have transformed her.

A blend of history, mythology, and memoir, Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country is an enchanting meditation on modern life, natural splendor, and the ancient spirituality and creativity of Erdrich's native homeland—a long, elemental tradition of storytelling that is in her blood.

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“"Nouns are mainly designated as animate or inanimate, though what is alive and dead doesn't correspond at all to what an English speaker might imagine. For instance, the word for stone, asin, is animate. After all, the preexistence of the world according to Ojibwe religion consisted of a conversation between stones. People speak to and thank the stones in a sweat lodge, where the asiniing are superheated and used for healing. They are addressed as grandmothers and grandfathers. Once I begin to think of stones as animate, I started to wonder whether I was picking up a stone or it was putting itself into my hand. Stones are no longer the same as they were to me in English." If my count is correct, this is my 22nd Louise Erdrich book. Yet Erdrich never fails to enchant me. I always look forward to her excellent writing and learning something new. She's one-of-a-kind. I picked this up not just because I love her writing dearly but because @bookish.cori and @sitting.wishing.reading (on Instagram) are hosting a "Read What You Own" community book club and the February prompt was to read an unread Erdrich from your shelves. It was between this, Blue Jay's Dance, and The Crown of Columbus. All will be excellent, she is a treasure.”

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