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From the Ashes

My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
Auteur(s): Jesse Thistle
Narrateur(s): Jesse Thistle
Durée: 9 h et 55 min
5 out of 5 stars (298 évaluations)

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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 heart-warming 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.

©2019 Jesse Thistle (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Eye-opening and riveting

A must-read for anybody who thinks they’ve been stuck with a hopeless lot in life — From the Ashes is equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring, a harrowing journey from start to finish that’s impossible to put down. Jesse’s life is one we all can learn something from,

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  • MHC
  • 2020-08-02

Big feels

I laughed at children’s antics and wanted to hug them when they were alone. I’ll never look at a turnip the same way again. I marvelled at what Jesse went through and cheered when he pulled himself out (and it wasn’t alone, there was help). I cried during his water ceremony with Lucy. Even though I knew the outcome of this memoir, I thanked the Creator for making it so. Wela’lioq.

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An eye opener in many aspects

Eye opener memoir in many aspects. The thoughts and emotions that are described with the actions make this book very touching.

  • Au global
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Loved this book!

Jesse did an incredible job of writing a beautiful book on a hard topic. His honesty kept me captivated and I found myself willing him to find his roots and go home and heal. I was in awe of his beautiful descriptive writing style and his narration made a great book even better.

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A Life Changing Book

This is one of the best books I have listened to. It is an incredible and inspiring story. The narration is fantastic. At times it’s tough to get through as the story is so raw but it is worth every single word. It was recommended to me by a friend and I am grateful.

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eye opening and encouraging.

encouraging to know how deep down the rabbit hole someone can go but then pick themselfs back up.

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Couldn't stop tearing up or full-out crying

It's raw, real and highly emotional. This memoir by Jesse Thistle shines a harsh light on the realities of addiction and street "life" and how essential unconditional love and acceptance is to the human spirit and ability to rise from the ashes. It is also a good example of the struggles of indigenous in growing up with one foot in their culture and one foot outside of it and the challenge of accepting who you are and embracing your heritage.

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fantastic

I was recommended to read this for school and am sure grateful for it.

Truly gave me a new perspective on homelessness and addiction.

Thank you to the author for sharing.

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A Canada hidden in the darkness.

This is such a story of hope. I cried many times during this book for Jesse and what he was experiencing. It will be a book in my classroom library. Thank you Jesse for sharing your story.

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Beautifully Written

Beautifully Written, brutally honest.
Thank you Mr Thistle for sharing the most intimate and gut wrenching moments of your life.
This book brings hope and light.

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  • Aedificator
  • 2020-06-19

Raw

The honesty can be difficult to hear but it's worth the trip. I finished spent with my tears dried on my cheeks and full of joy.

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  • 2020-05-08

The Truths I have Heard

The truths I have heard from other homeless and mixed race people presented here as it is and feels, with courage. If you dare to know here is your teacher. Please dare.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-11

This should be mandatory reading for all adult Canadians.

This should be mandatory reading for all adult Canadians. This is an excellent story. Bravo Mr Thistle.

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  • Deborah Flemming
  • 2020-02-03

So moving

A very powerful memoir! How did you survive? How did you thrive? I cried and cheered and cried some more!