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July 24, 2012

Author Brenda Child will be discussing this book at Rochester Public Library (MN) on Sunday, September 9th from 2-3pm.

A Striped Armchair

When I saw the subtitle of Brenda Child’s Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community, I couldn’t resist requesting it from Netgalley (also, contrary to what you might expect, it’s published by Penguin rather than a university press). I love history that looks at marginalised people, as well as historians who share the day-to-day details of life in the past. Child does both, and I’m happy to say I had a very enjoyable reading experience. The book is arranged chronologically, which is an easy-to-follow format, and I never felt confused or lost or bogged down in details.

My favourite bits were the early chapters, when Child describes the traditional life of Ojibwe women, from the vision quest rite of passage they went through when they began menstruating to their communal making of maple sugar and harvesting of wild rice. I felt as if I was…

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