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From the Ashes

My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
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Jun 03, 2021VaughanPLDaniela rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A compelling, inspiring story of overcoming even the most brutal life circumstances. Thistle's early years of child neglect and exposure to alcohol and drugs lured him into a life on the fringes of society, stealing and self-destructing…
May 24, 2021trishlindstrom rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A harrowing keyhole into an extraordinary soul. A MUST READ for anyone interested in the first-hand-witnessed account of one man's heroic, horrifying, destructive, and ultimately redemptive experience.
Apr 13, 2021KS1110 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Powerful book: very descriptive and immersive. Jesse’s story is harrowing and I feel grateful that he shared it.
Apr 12, 2021WPL_Najeeba rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
From the Ashes is an intense and hard read but at the same time impossible to put down. It is a very well-written book that left a deep impact on me. I can not imagine how the author came back from the seemingly endless cycle of addiction…
Jan 18, 2021plattsla rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A heart-breaking, lyrical memoir that highlights the struggles Thistle overcame to become the man he is today. Provides some insight into historical issues for indigenous people without overgeneralizing.
Dec 29, 2020tinlou rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I truly enjoyed this debut novel by Jesse Thistle, a journey of trauma, addiction and life on the streets through to hope, survival and redemption. Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, along with his two older brothers, Jesse's memoir…
Dec 28, 2020marybellinger rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I love a book that changes me and the way that I see the world. Jesse helped me to understand the indigenous people and the challenges that they are facing to overcome generations of abuse and distrust. I could not put this one down. It…
Dec 16, 2020jenna_brost rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Jesse’s story is one of both suffering and overcoming. It weaves together cultural and family wounds with the choices and outcomes that follow. It was gripping and hard to put down, but at the same time very difficult to read. It’s raw.…
Nov 19, 2020lovely777 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic and well written. Did not put it down til finished. Bravo to Jesse Thistle!
Oct 15, 2020mclarjh rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Ordinary writing, present tense makes for juvenile tone, short chapters easy to read, but too lengthy overall.
Aug 14, 2020dirtbag rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I wish it had won Canada Reads 2020.
Aug 13, 2020lyndasclater rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
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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…
Jul 10, 2020RueK rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
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…
Jun 08, 2020Nettie1963 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A well written and brutally honest memoir.
May 18, 2020soltinepp rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic and inspiring true story!
Apr 22, 2020DonHow rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
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,…
Feb 22, 2020pohpoh rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
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…
Jan 29, 2020indi rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
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…
Jan 07, 2020neyoscribbles rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
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…
Dec 22, 2019
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Dec 13, 2019
Globe 100 2019 Non Fiction. Metis child in the foster care system. Heartbreaking and honest
Nov 01, 2019ownedbydoxies rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
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…