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One Story One Song [Hardcover]

Richard Wagamese
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Book Description

Feb. 12 2010

WINNER OF THE 2011 GEORGE RYGA AWARD FOR SOCIAL AWARENESS.

A new collection of warm, wise and inspiring stories from the author of the bestselling 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 new book, Richard Wagamese again invites readers 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 thefour essential principles Ojibway traditional teachers sought to impart: humility, trust, introspection and wisdom.

Whether the topic is learning from his grade five teacher about Martin Luther King, 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 these pages, 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.


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"Richard Wagamese is a national treasure." (Joseph Boyden, Author of "Through Black Spruce" 2011-01-12)

"Richard Wagamese’s writing is sweet medicine for the soul." (Richard Van Camp, Author of "The Lesser Blessed" 2011-01-12)

"Richard Wagamese reminds us that we are all story. And when we share our stories, we build something beautiful and profound. He’s brought us this message before, but he does it better than ever with this book. Richard is on the frontlines of what it means to be human. If we don’t know yet, this book lights the path. He makes me rejoice in our shared humanity. This book is a tonic. And a gift." (Shelagh Rogers, Host of CBC Radio’s "The Next Chapter" 2011-01-12)

"Equal parts memoir, self-help book and personal affirmation, BC-based aboriginal writer Richard Wagamese's latest effort encompasses the scope of his arduous and wondrous journey to clarity and confidence. Through his creative efforts, he heals past wounds and finds peace with his identity as an Ojibwa man, a former alcoholic and someone who has witnessed the range of human flaws and kindnesses." (Winnipeg Free Press 2011-02-19)

"Wagamese's prose addresses both sorrow and joy with a gratitude that can only be earned. One Story, One Song speaks of lessons learned, personal triumphs, and wonderment. These anecdotes glow like embers in a hearth, temporarily dispelling the chill of the world outside, placating with gentle warmth." (Georgia Straight 2011-02-28)

"One Story, One Song comprises brief ruminations (most are shorter than three pages) on various topics, many inspired by an anecdote or observation from the author's life... Funny, tender, never bitter, the essays also relate the ongoing struggle for native rights in Canada. Wagamese writes in a refreshingly unadorned style. Indeed, heavy topics like homelessness, alcoholism, and drug abuse, which could easily lead to preachiness or self-pity, are refreshingly unsentimental in their treatment...[One Story, One Song] should be read for the clarity of the author's voice, and for its contribution to the aboriginal experience in Canada." (Quill & Quire 2011-03-01)

"The short pieces in One Story, One Song remind us of human beings' place in the world: We are a part of it, not masters of it. And by sharing our stories we share ourselves...One Story, One Song is all about connections, something we all need." (Globe & Mail 2011-03-02)

"One Story, One Song embodies [Wagamese's] belief that only by sharing our stories and being strong enough to take risks will we be able to understand one another. Although the messages in this book are slightly repetitive, Wagamese hopes to drive home the point that we are all more similar to one another that it appears." (Canadian Geographic 2011-07-15)

"Wagamese artfully weaves sixty-some short essays -- stories, really -- into an unpretentious philosophy of life rooted in personal observations and experiences, transposing an understanding of traditional Ojibway principles (humility, trust, introspection and wisdom) into modern-day life. Though drawing unflinchingly on his experiences as a native man, a child of residential school survivors, a homeless person and an addict, Wagamese writes with honesty and pathos without becoming ensnared in sentimentality. Yet it is not a book focused on hardships, victimhood or survival; rather, One Story, One Song is a frank and frequently mirthful testament to the prospect of a way forward; a reminder of our responsibility to live principled lives." (Andrew Steeves George Ryga Award Jury 2011-09-16)

"contemplative and lyrical...Wagamese gives no formula for resilience, but his gentle writing soothes the soul and shows that 'liv[ing] in a learning way' resides in appreciating the magnificence and intricacy of simple things." (Canadian Literature 2013-09-26)

About the Author

Richard Wagamese is an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He is the author of four novels, including the award-winning Dream Wheels. His autobiographical book For Joshua was published to critical acclaim, and One Native Life was selected as one of the Globe & Mail's Top 100 Books of the Year. He lives outside Kamloops, British Columbia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome writer April 10 2012
By may777
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book..his writing..content...story... is incredible..

certainly... a man who has walked the walk...who comes from very humble beginnings...

a man close to the earth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warms the heart! Nov. 25 2011
Format:Hardcover
Warms the heart like letters from an old and dear friend. Wagamese writes beautifully. His stories do not leave you outside as an observer-reader. Instead, they draw you in so skillfully that you feel you are sitting comfortably by the fire with him while desribes his experiences and insights. All in all, a very fine read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know you... Feb. 8 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This collection of essays by Richard Wagamese will give you a sense that this man is ... or could be ... a neighbour who you want to get to know better. I've shared individual essays with clients, students, and group participants who all listened so intently I thought they had left the room. Perhaps it was because I was mesmerized each time I read the passage or story... You'll have to read for yourself to really understand what is my meaning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. Oct. 17 2013
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Great writing. All of his books are good and the author shows great insight and is not afraid to display it..
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