A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America from award-winning Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott.

In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight into the ongoing legacy of colonialism. She engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, love, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrifcation, writing and representation, and in the process makes connections both large and small between the past and present, the personal and political--from overcoming a years-long battle with head lice to the way Native writers are treated within the Canadian literary industry; her unplanned teenage pregnancy to the history of dark matter and how it relates to racism in the court system; her childhood diet of Kraft Dinner to how systemic oppression is directly linked to health problems in Native communities.

With deep consideration and searing prose, Elliott provides a candid look at our past, an illuminating portrait of our present and a powerful tool for a better future.

Title:A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
ISBN:9780385692380
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  • ?Misericordia? ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ?????? ????

    A glimpse into the culture of the Native Tribes. Frankly, I've always been fascinated with how different pathways would the history have taken, had all those cultures not been wiped but the European b...

  • Cristina Monica

    I try to read both fiction and non-fiction books with a variety of themes – love, friendship, family, coming of age, racism, discrimination, abuse – but I think this is the first time I read essay...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    Wow, do I ever live in a Canadian bubble, well just a bubble in general. I am just now reaching out of that bubble to learn more about the world around me by reading more non-fiction. Well, Canadian H...

  • Michelle

    In the style of memoir essay, award winning and bestselling Canadian author Alicia Elliott shares her riveting debut collection: “A Mind Spread Out On The Ground” (2020). Ms. Elliott has received ...

  • Krista

    I've heard one person translate a Mohawk word for depression to, roughly, “his mind fell to the ground”. I ask my sister about this. She's been studying Mohawk for the past three years and is p...

  • Dina Bucchia

    It's hard not to just write, "Holy s**t! This is an incredible book." So I guess I did write that. And I stand by it. What a stunning collection. Alicia Elliott is a master of the essay form and such ...

  • Gina

    First of all, if I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.Secondly, I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I thank the author and publisher for the opportunity to read this gem and give a...

  • ??

    This book is everything to me. I feel comforted - in my love, in my anger, in my identity..Alicia Elliott is profoundly intelligent, and her way with words - the way she inventively weaves the persona...

  • chantel nouseforaname

    An intense book! Super intense. So many gems and real points. Review to come. --- update: review -/----You know what’s crazy... that publishers didn’t think it was important in the past to publish...

  • Jaime Morse

    I not only read the book but was able to read most of it before I heard her speak at the Ottawa Writer’s Festival. I appreciate the care that she took in how she presented her aspects of personal me...