Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot audiobook

Heart Berries: A Memoir

By Terese Marie Mailhot
Introduction by Sherman Alexie ; Afterword by Joan Naviyuk Kane
Read by Rainy Fields

Tantor Audio 9781619023345
Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781977300010

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father—an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist—who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot trusts us to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

A Huffington Post Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father—an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist—who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame.

Mailhot trusts us to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

To read this book is to engage with one of our very best minds at work. Toni Jensen, author of From the Hilltop
“An astounding memoir in essays…What Mailhot has accomplished in this exquisite book is brilliance both raw and refined.” Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author
“This book is not only memoir. It is poetry. It is meditation. It is mystical…The mysticism of callused hands and blistered feet. It is the mysticism of resilience. Or something larger than resilience.” Sherman Alexie, New York Times bestselling author
“A luminous, poetic memoir.” Entertainment Weekly
“A sledgehammer…Her experiments with structure and language…are in the service of trying to find new ways to think about the past, trauma, repetition, and reconciliation, which might be a way of saying a new model for the memoir.” New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Terese Marie Mailhot

Author Bio: Terese Marie Mailhot

Terese Marie Mailhot graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in fiction. Her work has appeared in the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Times, Carve Magazine, the Offing, the Toast, Yellow Medicine Review, and elsewhere. She has been named the Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English