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Jesse Thistle

JESSE THISTLE is Mtis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and an assistant professor in Humanities at York University in Toronto. FROM THE ASHES was the top-selling Canadian book in 2020, the winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction, Indigenous Voices Award, and High Plains Book Award, and also a finalist for CBC Canada Reads. Jesse won a Governor Generals Academic Medal in 2016, and is a 2016 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a 2016 Vanier Scholar. A frequent keynote speaker, he lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Lucie, and is at work on multiple projects, including his next book.

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.

JESSE THISTLE is Mtis-Cree, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and an assistant professor in Humanities at York University in Toronto. FROM THE ASHES was the top-selling Canadian book in 2020, the winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction, Indigenous Voices Award, and High Plains Book Award, and also a finalist for CBC Canada Reads. Jesse won a Governor Generals Academic Medal in 2016, and is a 2016 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a 2016 Vanier Scholar. A frequent keynote speaker, he lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Lucie, and is at work on multiple projects, including his next book.

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.

Charting his own history, the stories of people from his past, the burning intensity of new and unexpected love, the complex legacies of family and community, and the beauty of parenthood, this collection is a profound mediation that expands his engagement with the ideas and experiences that have shaped his body of work thus far.

Buy Now Also by JesseScars & StarsCharting his own history, the stories of people from his past, the burning intensity of new and unexpected love, the complex legacies of family and community, and the beauty of parenthood, this collection is a profound mediation that expands his engagement with the ideas and experiences that have shaped his body of work thus far.

A courageously heartfelt journey from profound self-destruction to redemption.

In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

In this page-turner of a memoirraw, honest, gripping, wrenching, and inspiringJesse Thistle gifts us with an intimate and bracing look into the realities, traumas, and triumphs of Indigenous life in todays North America

In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

New York Times bestselling author of Room (quote from Twitter) /

Blown away by [this] eloquent memoir of Mtis life and surviving the streets by con-turned-scholar Jesse Thistle, [a] strong contender for CanadaReads.

New York Times bestselling author of Room (quote from Twitter)

[This] powerful and moving memoir is also a scathing indictment of the treatment of Indigenous people and the myriad ways systems fail them.

bestselling author ofThe BreakThe best stories are the ones that stay with you.From the Asheswill stay with me for a long time. Maarsii to Jesse for coming through to tell this story. It is an important one. The revolutionary kind. The kind of story that changes how you look at the world, that shows us how amazing human beings can be, so capable, strong, resilient, powerful.KATHERENA VERMETTE,

A gritty memoir recounting the devastating long-term effects of childhood abandonment. . . . The theme of estrangement is powerfully portrayed in what is ultimately a story of courage and resilience certain to strike a chord with readers from many backgrounds.

bestselling co-author ofA House in the SkyFrom the Ashesis an illuminating, inside account of homelessness, a study of survival and freedom. Jesse Thistle delivers a painfully lyrical book, a journey through the torrents of addiction and trauma, masterfully sliding in humour and moments of heart-expanding human connection. I found myself gasping out loud at parts, unable to put the book down. Jesses story shows us that there is nothing that cannot be transformed.AMANDA LINDHOUT,

Olympian and author ofOpen Heart, Open MindSo fortunate to have the opportunity to readFrom The Ashes. It launches in August and must be read by all. Youll be drawn into the life journey of someone whos struggled so deep yet has risen up to share with us what it means to be human. A deeply moving read.CLARA HUGHES,

host and a producer of CBC RadiosThe Next Chapter, Honorary Witness, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of CanadaA memoir of resilience, spirit and dignity from a gifted storyteller. It is, at heart, also about the many shapes that love can inhabit. When you plan to read this book, clear your schedule. It will hold you in its grasp and wont let you go, like a great novel. Its all the more remarkable that this is not fiction. This book will stand out in my reading experience for a long time to come.SHELAGH ROGERS, OC,

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