In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott

It has been a hot minute since I have read a book, but I have finally finished one again and here is the book review!

The latest book I read was In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott. In my personal goal of reading more books that are by diverse authors, I was pointed to this book by a friend and I am so glad that I got to read it.

A little bit about the author, Helen is Nehiyaw and Dene-Zaa woman. This book follows her journey of dealing with addictions and trauma to finding her roots in the Indigenous communities that she came from.

This book is divided into three parts, each dealing with a different part of her life. The first part is her addiction and all the trauma she had gone through. Honestly, when I was reading this part it was hard to read and was heartbreaking. She explains how she is feeling while she was high and drunk and her thought process. She eludes to her past rapes but does not get into them so much in this section ( later on she tells a bit more about them).

I think this book was such a good demonstration of the intergenerational trauma and hardships that indigenous people face all the time. Helen at one point even mentioned how going to a peyote ceremony goes against everything that she grew up believing. I think this is because her mother was Catholic and was told that Indigenous traditions were bad (way to go colonialism). I am guessing this is from one of the many horrendous things Canada did to the indigenous peoples.

This book really deep dives into a first hand account of a person dealing with trauma and addiction. This is a good chunk of the book so be prepared.

Spoiler alert
Helen eventually gets help by connecting with her roots and working through the traumatic events of her life. It really brings me joy when I read a book and an Indigenous person reconnects with their culture that was ripped away from them.

In the few books that I have read, all which have dealt with an Indigenous woman reconnecting with their culture, They have all had such a spiritual connection and it is amazing.

Overall I really liked this book. It helped me see the world through someone else’s eyes. I give this book a 5 star review. It was really well written and the story really flowed well together.

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Until next time!

THE WITCHES ARE COMING BY: LINDY WEST

Another day and another book review! After a bit of a hiatus to do lots of learning to be a better ally, I decided that I needed to write again. There will be more to come about life and current world climate but I have a backlog of book reviews right now so that is where I am going to start.

The Witches are Coming is a book that talks a lot about the world climate right now. Lindy West honestly touches on so many different topics in the book I actually found it hard to keep up with it. I literally had to keep a note going about what each chapter touched on and even then they had many points that varied.

Just some of the topics that are in the book are:

Abortion

Why does Adam Sandler get to keep making movies?

Microagressions

Goop

Donald Trump

and many more topics.

Overall it was a good book that brought to light a lot of things that I never thought about. I really appreciate the book for doing that, however I personally found the book really hard to read. I really had to slow down and read every world to process what I was reading and keep stuff straight. Maybe that is what Lindy meant to do, make the reader slow the fuck down and really process what is going on in the world. I haven’t asked Lindy so I am not too sure on my theory.

I had to keep tabs on all the topics so that I could write this review because each chapter is basically its own book. The chapters also didn’t really come together for me and I really had a hard time with that. For me it felt really choppy.

I really wanted to love this book with all my heart because I do love Lindy West, but I just can’t. I will say I did make it to the end of the book which says something.

Usually if I find a book uninteresting or it is really hard to read I toss it. However I made it to the end, which means it had enough significance to get me there.

There were a lot of amazing points that Lindy made in this book that I had never cared to think of ( Why Joan Rivers disliked Lena Dunham and a few other points) and that put those things into perspective. There were other topics like climate Change, microaggressions, and so on that I was very aware of but gave me another way of putting these things.

Overall I give this book a three stars really only for my own selfish reasons. It has amazing points that anyone can learn from I just could not follow it very easily.

 Until next time!

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