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How shall people of conscience knowing our history live today? This is the awkward practical question implicit in this volume of thoughtful essays by six highly respected Native American writers. As they address the European occupation of America a recurrent theme emerges: a sadness for opportunities lost -- a personal sadness for the loss of their cultures and people and a broader sadness for opportunities lost to entire nations in that failed chance for partnership. They also affirm those lost opportunities that can still be regained, those that await our diligent efforts to create work and a more society.
Dark. Sweet. offers readers the sweep of Linda Hogan's work--environmental and spiritual concerns, her Chickasaw heritage--in spare, elemental, visionary language.From "Those Who Thunder":Those who thunderhave dark hairand red throw rugs.They burn paper in bathroom sinks.Their voices refuse to sufferand their silences know the waystraight to the heart;it's bus route number eight.Linda Hogan is the recipient of the 2007 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award. Her poetry has received an American Book Award, Colorado Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle nomination.
This is a complex novel, based on a little-known historical episode, with hints of magic realism. Set in the town of Watona, Oklahoma (known as Talbert to its white residents) the story is set during the oil boom of the early 1920s. Oil has been discovered on the land owned by a number of the community's Indian residents, and they have grown rich overnight. But whites hunger for the oil wealth, and one by one the rich Indians and their Indian heirs are being murdered. As fear mounts, the Indians draw upon their spiritual values and their sense of community for survival. This novel presents a rich medley of characters, major and minor. At the center stands the Graycloud family, fighting to protect one another and the natural world they cherish.
"Deeply ecological, original, and spellbinding. . . . [A] hauntingly beautiful novel of the hidden dimensions of life." --Booklist, starred review Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.
Winner of the Colorado Book Award for Fiction, "Solar Storms" is at once a Native American coming-of-age story and a moving depiction of the ties that bind people to their roots and their land.
A few chapters are: A Passion for Plants--Susan Orlean, Orchid Fever--Sharman Russell, Smelling Like A Rose--Isabel Allen, Ode to Mold--Linda Hasselstrom, Mulch--Zora Neale Hurston, and my favorite: The Language of flowers by Claudia Lewis, in which we learn how the Victorians carried out their love correspondence solely with flowers. This is a fascinating book.
Hogan, a poet, novelist, essayist, and author of ten previous books, recounts the development of her American-Indian identity, her difficult childhood as the daughter of an army sergeant, her love affair at the age of 12 with an older man, and the troubled history of the two daughters she adopted. Revealing how historic and emotional pain are passed down through generations, she blends personal history with stories of important Indian figures of the past such as Lozen, the woman who was the military strategist for Geronimo, and Ohiyesha, the medical doctor who witnessed the massacre at Wounded Knee.
How many people can say they stood up against wrestler Hulk Hogan and came out victorious? Linda Hogan did just that. After twenty-four years of dealing with his cheating, mistreatment, and lies, Linda needed to step out of her marriage ring and start a new life. In Wrestling the Hulk, the woman who was loved by television audiences for being the supportive wife and mother on VH1's hit show Hogan Knows Best is now revealing for the first time what life with the wrestling icon was really like behind the scenes. Linda takes readers through some of her most personal moments: from her first intimate experiences with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) to their ringside courtship, from helping him launch a successful career and start a family to the crumbling of their marriage because of infidelity. After two decades of being "Mrs. Hulk Hogan," Linda finally summoned the courage to move on and love her life. She has found happiness in a new relationship with a younger man, proving that it's never too late to start over.