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Life in the City of Dirty Water
Life in the City of Dirty Water: A Memoir of Healing | Clayton Thomas-Muller
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An electrifying memoir that braids together the urgent issues of Indigenous rights and environmental policy, from a nationally and internationally recognized activist and survivor. There have been many Clayton Thomas-Mullers: The child who played with toy planes as an escape from domestic and sexual abuse, enduring the intergenerational trauma of Canada's residential school system; the angry youngster who defended himself with fists and sharp wit against racism and violence, at school and on the streets of Winnipeg and small-town British Columbia; the tough teenager who, at 17, managed a drug house run by members of his family, and slipped in and out of juvie, operating in a world of violence and pain. But behind them all, there was another Clayton: the one who remained immersed in Cree spirituality, and who embraced the rituals and ways of thinking vital to his heritage; the one who reconnected with the land during summer visits to his great-grandparents' trapline in his home territory of Pukatawagan in northern Manitoba. And it's this version of Clayton that ultimately triumphed, finding healing by directly facing the trauma that he shares with Indigenous peoples around the world. Now a leading organizer and activist on the frontlines of environmental resistance, Clayton brings his warrior spirit to the fight against the ongoing assault on Indigenous peoples' lands by Big Oil. Tying together personal stories of survival that bring the realities of the First Nations of this land into sharp focus, and lessons learned from a career as a frontline activist committed to addressing environmental injustice at a global scale, Thomas-Muller offers a narrative and vision of healing and responsibility.
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Bookfan3
Mehso-so

Informative but a little dry reading about the life of a young Indigenous man in Winnipeg.

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xicanti
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It‘s finally Canada Reads week! Hurray!

I forgot to set it to record yesterday and couldn‘t persuade CBC Gem to work, so this morning I caught up on Day 1 via the podcast. As per usual, my favourite book (tagged) got voted off first. Sigh.

I‘m now rooting for SCARBOROUGH by Catherine Hernandez. Watching Day 2 as we speak.

Singout Almost finished Five Little Indians, didn‘t like Washington Black, but haven‘t read the others. I always get good TBRs from this competition. (edited) 8mo
xicanti @Singout I always place holds on the whole longlist as soon as it‘s announced. I‘ve found some great books that way. 8mo
Singout Me too! Although I'm limited to Toronto Library audiobooks, but there are still lots there.
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Krystle13
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Book 1 of Canada Reads Short List 2022!

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KatieB
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Panpan

Good first day of #marvellousmarch. I finished the tag book which I wanted to enjoy much more than I did and I‘m 200 pages into Sorrow and Bliss which I‘m enjoying so much more than I expected! #bookspin

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xicanti
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Going into February, I decided I‘d try to finish only one book per day. That fell apart pretty quick, since I‘ve often got a few things on the go at once, and I abandoned it completely when I remembered February is I Love To Read Month. 🤷‍♀️

I didn‘t find any new-to-me 5-star reads , but the tagged book was a strong 4.5er and my favourite for the month. I also very much enjoyed my yearly break from American creators.

BkClubCare ❤️ 9mo
BkClubCare You are one of the very coolest 9mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Pickpick

"Stories change the world; they inspire people to greatness and they facilitate the healing of our body, spirit, and mind." Thomas-Muller's story of trauma, healing, failing, and fighting is one worth reading. It is at times painful, but carries so much hope, love and inspiration. Exposing the cycles of trauma imposed on Indigenous Peoples and on the Earth, and the interconnected nature of pain and healing. Cont'd ?

TheKidUpstairs The narrative was a little jumpy and unfocused at times, and certain phrases, ideas, and events were unnecessarily repetitive. I do wish this book had stronger editing to help with the flow and focus, but it is well worth looking past those small flaws for the story within. Not my pick for #CanadaReads but a worth contender, and I look forward to seeing Suzanne Simard's defense in the debates. 9mo
TheKidUpstairs Cover art (as well as art included inside) by Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch. How gorgeous is their work?!?! 9mo
ShelleyBooksie Awesome review 9mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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#MarchTBR
How is it March already?!?! I'm finishing up Life in the City of Dirty Water today, then I just need to read Washington Black to complete my #CanadaReads reading before the debates begin. Unbury Our Dead, Big Numbers, and Migration of Clouds are all for #Booked2022. The Scapegoat is for #FoodandLit. And The Family Chao is too read with my favourite buddy reader @Blerdgal_Fenix

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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

The cyclical, repetitive nature of hard memories and regrets gives way to a more positive energy and focused activism in this memoir of a Cree man trying to rediscover his connection to his heritage. It is s Canada Reads contender. So many trigger warnings.

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SarahBookInterrupted
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I almost bailed on this book, but was glad I didn‘t. The beginning isn‘t very focused and seemed all over the place, but it got better in the middle. I think I would have loved it more if it was organize differently by his editor. Clayton Thomas-Muller had great stories and it was both informative as well as inspiring. He tells an honest authentic story. This book won‘t be my vote for Canada reads, but because of the way his memoir was compiled.

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xicanti
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Pickpick

I‘ve got my Canada Reads pick. Clayton Thomas-Muller digs deep into the multilayered effects of generational trauma and the path to personal and environmental healing. He explores the ways abuse and love lived side by side in his youth, and how many of his greatest community triumphs happened at the same time as personal setbacks. It‘s powerful stuff that offers a nuanced look at the past and a hopeful vision for the future. 4.5 stars

xicanti I will say that his prose style‘s a bit choppy. I highly recommend the audio, where Thomas-Muller‘s stellar performance helps preserve the flow. 10mo
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Blueberry
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Currently reading my 4th of the 5 #CanadaReads2022 contenders. They are all great reads so far.

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xicanti
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Yesterday I made a football-shaped rum cake for my family members who‘re into the Super Bowl. I also started the tagged book, which is the Canada Reads title I‘ve been waiting for. I really liked my first three (WASHINGTON BLACK, WHAT STRANGE PARADISE, and FIVE LITTLE INDIANS) and I think they‘ll give the panelists some good stuff to discuss, but I wasn‘t EXCITED about any of them. I‘m excited about this. #audiobaking

Cinfhen Awesome looking cake 😍🙌🏻 10mo
xicanti @Cinfhen thanks! It tastes great, too. 10mo
Cinfhen I bet it does 😋😋 10mo
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sarahbarnes This cake would make me way more into the Super Bowl. 10mo
xicanti @sarahbarnes I enjoyed my portion so much more than I‘ve ever enjoyed the event itself. 10mo
BiblioLitten Neat! 10mo
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Blueberry
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"The first time my father saw an airplane, he thought it must be an angel."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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JacqMac
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Pickpick

I love this cover. Canada reads book 3. So much generational trauma. But somehow Thomas- Muller, is turning it all around. From residential schools, poverty, drugs, abuse and gang life, to bettering the next generation and healing the planet. A lot of people don‘t like his writing style, but it made his story feel more real to me. It‘s very Canadian and very relevant to life in our country right now. 4 ⭐️s

Tamra That is an amazing cover! 10mo
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Augustdana
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I‘ve got this one on deck right now, especially looking forward to reading about environmental activism.

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