From the Ashes

From the Ashes

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

eBook - 2019
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*Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Nonfiction
*Winner, Indigenous Voices Awards
*Finalist, CBC Canada Reads
*Finalist, High Plains Book Awards
*A Globe and Mail Book of the Year
*An Indigo Book of the Year
*A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year

In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.

If I can just make it to the next minute...then I might have a chance to live; I might have a chance to be something more than just a struggling crackhead.

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, whose tough-love attitudes quickly resulted in conflicts. Throughout it all, the ghost of Jesse's drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling with all that had happened, 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. Finally, he realized he would die unless he turned his life around.

In this heartwarming and heart-wrenching memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through sheer perseverance and education--and newfound love--he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family.

An eloquent exploration of the impact of prejudice and racism, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help us find happiness despite the odds.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
ISBN: 9781982101237
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jul 11, 2020

This book is an amazingly raw and honest depiction of the authors life and struggles. I believe his story deeply resingnates and represents the struggles that happens in the indigenous culture. Hopefully the readers come to this book with an openness to really hear and see how society has impacted the indigenous community. Also how addiction can cause so much damage for generations.

Jul 10, 2020

Incredible memoir of an individual's account on his journey through addiction and homelessness and struggles with family. I discovered it's a great companion read to Gabor Mate's book on addiction which I happened to read prior. If you want to understand people with addictions more, or have someone close struggling with addiction, this is a must read. If you want to learn more about marginalized people, this is a must read. Overall, a must read.

Jun 08, 2020

A well written and brutally honest memoir.

May 18, 2020

Fantastic and inspiring true story!

Apr 22, 2020

This moving memoir is written in a matter-of-fact, honest and conversational style where Jesse tells his story taking responsibility for the situation, he ended up in. The storytelling in this book brought me to places in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa where I have never gone, only heard about. As the book progressed, I tried to read this memoir without judging Jesse because of the early trauma, prejudice and racism he had endured. Jesse does not write himself as a hero but as a man with hope as he battles back to his indigenous culture, family and humanity.

IndyPL_MagalyC Apr 22, 2020

This memoir had me at the edge of my seat to find out how Thistle overcomes his drug and alcohol addiction. Thistle is candid in his experiences and I found myself holding my breath in anticipation (and anxiety) when following his downward spiral and struggle for survival. Despite many of the gut-wrenching descriptions and heartbreaking circumstances, this book was impossible to put down. It is a must-read for gaining insight on a unique perspective on Metis-Cree peoples, racism, drug addiction, and homelessness.

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

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