Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog


Louise Erdrich - Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Dear Friends and Book Lovers of the World and the Twin Cities in particular,

Thank you for your visits all through the summer.  I didn't visit this blog because this is Minnesota.  Who can bear to sit inside and write when this brief, golden, breathlessly hot, high pressure perfect, time is upon us?  Niibin.  The word for summer in Ojibwe.  No blogging in Niibin.  But now it is the first of September and things get serious.  The school bell rings across from Birchbark Books and there is the periodic hysterical joy of recess sounds.  There is a new garden placed beside the lunch room, right across from us.  There are books to be read.

Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge by Vic Glover gave me heart one day, and indelible images.  A book filled with everyday wisdom, gentle survival humor, and practical advice for those who wonder what it is like to be in Indian.  

Let's Take the Long Way Home, a memoir of friendship by Gail Caldwell, is (disclosure) by my friend Gail Caldwell.   For anyone who has ever lost another precious human, and that includes all of us, this is a map of grief and joy you'll hold to your heart.  For anyone who has struggled with addiction or likes dogs, and that includes many of us, this is a map of terror and hope .

I've resisted reading Roberto Bolano's 2666 and now I cannot stop.  It is like entering a strange and compelling dream.

I have just picked up Empire of the Summer Moon, Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S.C. Gwynne.  It is a promising read.

I also have the advanced readers copy of Philip Roth's Nemesis, which I think is one of his best books.  The ending says all there is to say about the arc and beauty of our mortality.

For me the end of August and its long light is a time of relentless nostalgia  -- Faulker knew about this light.  I am watching the sun creep behind the still green leaves, lighting them fiercely from behind so they glow.  Unearthly.  Gorgeous.  Mundane.

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Bill Moyers Journal favorite book Magers and Quinn Interview Anishinabe Alice Munro ireland peculiar touches of green and gold Beth Dooley Rare Books Minneapolis British Navy Gail Caldwell how good looking you are Alan Weisman William Trevor Wolf Hall Ha Jin The Game of Silence Poetry post holiday reads ependent Patrick O'Brian twins Dogs buffalo language revitalization Native People Keepers of the Trees show your love friends aquifer favorite dog Afghanistan The Wealth of Nature Native Arts The Resilient Gardener Kenwood Gardens post holiday Catalyst germany ptsd Nero Czech Writer book and dinner club H2Oil the most romantic city in the world National Book Award Collective Denial green Vic Glover E.L. Doctorow mississippi joy Ojibwemowin Canada Video Kate DiCamillo The Porcupine Year Bohumil Hrabal Population favorite tree Tree Houses devoted customers Wendy Makoons Geniusz Birchbark Books plants Mohamed's Ghosts Jim Harrison euphoria china support Chitra Divakaruni Too Much Happiness Victory Gardens boarding school S.C. Gwynne Greenland World on the Edge Stephen Salisbury Kabul gardens incarnation Gryphon Press Keystone XL tree books japan Anishinabemowin france Empire of the Summer Moon Women and Trees monkey in a dryer Anton Treuer Aza This Green World Peak Water Light in August italy cafe closing The Blue Sky Let's Take the Long Way Home Peak Oil Remarkable Trees Michael Jackson Zombies Ice Up Late Again Pembina NACDI:All My Relations Islam Emily Johnson Too Loud A Solitude Climate Change Louise Mankato Powwow Roberto Bolano north dakota pilgrims city of books Book Review 2666 Gary Clement Minnesota health care reform The Birchbark House More Remarkable Trees Green Team Tar Sands anniversary The Farmer's Daughter adventure solstice, Thomas King leaves and snow The Royal Prussian Library The Transition Handbook thanks Botany birchbark house series Fireworks Easter Island spring cafe Milkweed Press local economy Wastepaper Hillary Clinton State Troopers coyote The Ojibwe bill mckibben Small Bookstores as Commons Love Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Nemesis photography graphix customers School Gardens neighborhood knowledge Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Dartmouth Makoons sweden Brown Dog Aubrey/Maturin Ojibwe gratitude Unnatural Disasters Bleak House Chickadee thank you friends trees Crushing Books Philip Roth President Obama Hilary Mantel Education fresh water