From the Ashes

From the Ashes

My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way

Book - 2019 | Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
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"From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up. Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, but their tough-love attitudes meant conflicts became commonplace. And the ghost of Jesse's drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. One day, he finally realized he would die unless he turned his life around. In this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful experiences with abuse, uncovering the truth about his parents, and how he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family through education. An eloquent exploration of what it means to live in a world surrounded by prejudice and racism and to be cast adrift, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help one find happiness despite the odds."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781982101213
Branch Call Number: 305.897071 THIST
Characteristics: x, 354 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Feb 22, 2020

A must read! I just couldn't put the book down until I finished it. Bravo to the author for able to turn his life around under all odds and wrote such a masterpiece. It's time more should be done to improve the lives of our Indigenous people and provide better support to indigenous youths.

Jan 29, 2020

Jesse Thistle is an amazing person - I've met him and he is genuine and kind and an inspiration.

His life story is a compelling read (I couldn't put it down) of tragedy but also one of hope as he has totally turned his life around touching on very important issues in Canada that need to be addressed.

This is a must read for any person living in Canada as it demonstrates firsthand our history and the impacts it has had on Indigenous people and in turn, all people.

Some books you read and you forget. This book will change your life.

neyoscribbles Jan 07, 2020

An absolutely heartbreaking and truthful recount of what it is like to be a Métis battling addictions, abandonment issues, face charges and be homeless. Part of the memoir had me crying because it is that hopeless at times, especially to be a part of a system that fails you over and over and over again. Even after facing every indignity possible, Thistle tells the story with sincerity and the knowledge that all of it can be judged and none of it can be undone. Although Thistle faces several turning points, the monsters, internal and external, only push him down. Nevertheless, there are uplifting rays of light that casts change on the human spirits. The power of family, friends and supporters are vital to a journey of change. That being said, there is so much that needs to be done to promote awareness and initiate change within our systems.

Dec 22, 2019

from white coat black art book club

Dec 13, 2019

Globe 100 2019 Non Fiction. Metis child in the foster care system. Heartbreaking and honest

Nov 01, 2019

This man struggled so hard with dependency issues (drugs, alcohol, and the basic bare facts of his first years of life) and he came out the other side as a role model for surviving. It's an incredibly well-written book, difficult in part to read because it garners such strong emotions in the reader, but an essential book to aid in understanding. Absolutely recommended.

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