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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground | Alicia Elliott
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A bold and profound work by Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a personal and critical meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America. In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight and understanding to the ongoing legacy of colonialism. What are the links between depression, colonialism and loss of language--both figurative and literal? How does white privilege operate in different contexts? How do we navigate the painful contours of mental illness in loved ones without turning them into their sickness? How does colonialism operate on the level of literary criticism? A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is Alicia Elliott's attempt to answer these questions and more. In the process, she engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, love, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrification, writing and representation. Elliott makes connections both large and small between the past and present, the personal and political--from overcoming a years-long history with head lice to the way Native writers are treated within the Canadian literary industry; her unplanned teenage pregnancy to the history of dark matter and how it relates to racism in the court system; her childhood diet of Kraft dinner to how systematic oppression is linked to depression in Native communities. With deep consideration and searing prose, Elliott extends far beyond her own experiences to provide a candid look at our past, an illuminating portrait of our present and a powerful tool for a better future.
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cleoh
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This was so beautiful and made me so sad. I think it needs to be required reading for all humans.

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ReadingRachael
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Easily one of the best essay collections I have read. Alicia Elliott poignantly explores the lingering effects of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and the crossroads of racism, poverty, mental health, and trauma. She is also an AMAZING writer.

Moray_Reads This sounds great! 2mo
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Augustdana
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I‘m about 40 pages in, and it grabbed me from the first paragraph on.

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xicanti
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Alicia Elliott is one hell of a writer. She approaches topics like mental health, anti-Indigenous racism, and familial tension from a personal standpoint and as issues with broader societal causes. Her prose is clear and engaging. She pulls no punches. You should read her.

Lindy I really liked this too. 4mo
xicanti @Lindy I‘m hoping to see more from her soon. 4mo
Lindy @xicanti Elliott wrote the foreword to 4mo
xicanti @Lindy stacked. That contributors list is amazing. 4mo
Lindy @xicanti Indeed it is. 👍 4mo
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xicanti
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Took my dad out for a belated Father‘s Day breakfast, with many thanks to the two-for-$15.99 coupon on my case of Red Roof Lager. (There‘re also TWO vouchers for free Nips! Salisbury House is the best.) Now I‘m gonna park myself outside and do some Canada Day reading.

I‘m close enough to the end of A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND that I could‘ve finished it yesterday, but I specifically wanted to save a couple essays for Canada Day.

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xicanti
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Lunchtime book stack with spicy hummus & carrots. THE GABRIEL HOUNDS didn‘t pass the 50-page test—a major disappointment, given how much I loved my first Mary Stewart—but A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND is excellent so far and I think I might‘ve finally found my way into TO YOUR ETERNITY with volume 3.

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xicanti
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V. serious Friday night book stack.

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ardoomer
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This is a must read and Elliott‘s writing is fantastic.

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Lindy
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A masterful collection of essays by Haudenasaunee writer Alicia Elliott, deftly placing her personal experiences within a greater context, making it easy for readers to grasp the concrete effects of socio-political realities like racism, sexism and colonialism. Her essays also address the complications of loving a parent with mental illness, and another who has abused her. I highly recommend the #audiobook, read by the author. #Indigenous

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Lindy
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Author Alicia Elliott says of her final essay in this collection, Extraction Mentalities: “I initially went into much more detail. But I decided to take that out because as I read to edit it, I started crying. I had to remind myself that I didn‘t have to necessarily bleed on the page, so to speak. Sometimes it‘s enough to talk about how something affected you.”

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Lindy
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#audiogardening & #audiocooking - I‘ve been mostly in the garden this weekend. Cleared the chicory from the veggie bed (and then planted nicer things); boiled the greens in 3 changes of water; made it into pizza; roasted the roots for hot drinks.

Samplergal Looks good! 6mo
Lindy @Samplergal Yes, thanks. It was tasty. 😊 6mo
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Lindy
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#audiobaking. It‘s dandelion time! Dandelion blossom cake with dandelion jelly in the icing.

RealLifeReading Love how it looks!! 6mo
kyraleseberg So pretty! I look forward to making dandelion jelly every spring. 6mo
Bibliogeekery Beautiful! 6mo
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Avanders Ooooh 😍😍 6mo
Chrissyreadit I need these recipes!!!! 6mo
Lcsmcat Beautiful! 6mo
Lindy @Chrissyreadit I used the one-egg cake recipe from the Joy of Cooking, stirring in a cup of dandelion petals ( no green parts) into the batter at the end. The are lots of dandelion jelly recipes online. @kyraleseberg might share hers. I make mine similar to the description here: https://bonjourparis.com/recipes/dandilions-dont-bite-recipes/ 6mo
Megabooks Wow! Looks fantastic! 6mo
Fridameetslucy Wait !!! Stop!!! Dandelions could be sweet? I grew up with my grandmother making Horta - bitter dandelion greens made more bitter with fresh lemon juice. 6mo
Lindy @Fridameetslucy The yellow petals and pollen taste like honey. 6mo
Fridameetslucy @ Lindy you are freaking me out!!! Generations of Greek children have been forced to 1) collect these things from our lawns and 2) eat them with enthusiasm 6mo
twohectobooks Oh wow! I‘ve been wanting to attempt dandelion wine for years without success yet. Maybe cake instead!! 6mo
Hoopiefoot That‘s beautiful! 6mo
Lindy @Fridameetslucy The older leaves are too bitter for me but I love the young ones (best before the plant flowers). I sauté the leaves in olive oil until they are crispy. So delicious! 6mo
Lindy @twohectobooks I‘m planning to make dandelion blossom skin salve for the first time. I‘ve got a heap of flowers drying for that project on an old window screen right now. Recipe is here: https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/12-things-to-make-with-dandelion-flowers/ 6mo
Lindy @Megabooks Thanks! 6mo
Daisey This sounds fascinating! I may have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. 6mo
Lindy @Daisey 😇I‘d love to hear about your experiments. 6mo
twohectobooks Where do you get all of your dandelions? 6mo
Lindy @twohectobooks My backyard has plenty of dandelions right now. I leave some between my house and the neighbour's side fence on purpose; there are some behind my garage; the ones in my back lawn will get dug out in summer to control their numbers. My front yard is all perennials and shrubs with no dandelions, so that I don't get complaints about my natural garden being unsightly. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm So pretty. I‘ll love to try food made with dandelions! 6mo
Kimberlone Wow! 6mo
readordierachel That looks lovely and delicious! 6mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 6mo
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4 STARS - With a blend of insight, vulnerability & strength, Elliott weaves her personal experiences as a Haudenosaunee woman with social critique regarding the effects of colonialism on Indigenous Canadians with social critique.

Before reconciliation there must be understanding. This book will help This book will help non-Indigenous Canadians understand our history of oppression they continues today.

My review: http://bit.ly/2UDDA83

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