COVID-19 updates

 


From the Ashes

From the Ashes: my story of being Métis, homeless, and finding my way

By Jesse Thistle, advocated by Norma Graham


 
Introduction

There’s always that one kid.

It’s usually a guy (though not always), and from the first days of school, they seem intent on mischief, misbehaviour, and mayhem. You remember that kid from school, don’t you? They sat behind you in class — or maybe, way up at the front, where they’d been moved by an exasperated teacher. They were a strange admixture of sullenness, manic comedy, dangerous rage, and confusion. There’s always that one kid, and they seem intent on self-destruction.

Jesse Thistle was that kid. In his memoir, From the Ashes: my story of being Métis, homeless, and finding my way, he recalls what it was like being that kid, and then that man. He tells the story of his life, his chaos and dislocation, his terrible pain, and the pain he caused everyone who cared about him.

From the Ashes is a very hard book to read, or at least it was for me. It was difficult watching this man’s life unfold like a slow-motion train wreck: drugs, dropping out of school, getting ostracized by his family, homelessness, breaking the law, time in jail. In ten years of darkness, Jesse floundered, and circled the drain.

But then, there is light. In a last-ditch attempt to recover, Jesse Thistle saved himself, and his triumph makes this book worth reading all the way through.

More to come.

Vote for your favourite book and community library. At the end of the Grey County Reads contest in April, three winners will be chosen randomly from among all voters to receive gift certificates for Speaking Volumes Books and Audio and one library will win $200 worth of books.

Contest rules and regulations

 

Grey County Reads is supported through advertising by these local businesses and organizations:

Amanda Bible - Rock Capital Investments Inc., The Mortgage Centre
Bayview Escarpment Fine Furniture and Cabinetry
The Bicycle Café

The Bookstore

Chapman's Ice Cream
The Colour Jar
ColourPix Graphic Design Services
Graciela Robertson, Grey County Real Estate Inc. Brokerage
Grey County Apparel/Hello Country Magazine
Grey County Public Libraries
Grey Roots Museum and Archives
John Tamming Law
Alex Ruff, MP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Lyn Grant Financial Services Inc.
Mullin Bookkeeping
Nature's Path Osteopathy and Alternative Healing
The Restaurant - Leela's Villa Inn
Speaking Volumes Books and Audio
Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound


 

Grey County Reads sponsor logos - 2021
 
your neighbourhood
Grey County Libraries
ColourPix Tower Ad
The Art Map
Speaking Volumes Tower Ad 2019
Grey County Libraries
Blank filler tower to push squares over
Amanda Bible
Lyngrant Financial - 2020
Nature's Path - 2019
Alex Ruff - 2020
Bayview Escarpment - 2020
Tamming Law - 2019
Grey Roots 2019
Leela's Villa Inn
Mullin Bookkeeping - 2019
Bill Walker 2018 ad
Colour Jar - 2020
Chapmans proudly Canadian
The Bookstore - 2019
Bicycle Cafe - 2019