Heart Berries: A Memoir

Heart Berries: A Memoir

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write he Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pac...

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Title:Heart Berries: A Memoir
Author:Terese Marie Mailhot
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Heart Berries: A Memoir
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

Heart Berries: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 15, 2018
    This memoir is unnerving from the very beginning. Rather than going back in time or providing some background, it starts with a letter to a boyfriend from a mental treatment center, full of emotions. The reader has to distill what has happened through the wall of pain. It is not easy t...
  • Jennybeast
    Sep 30, 2017
    This is not ordinarily the sort of book I pick up, but I found it powerful and disturbing and heart wrenching to read. Mailhot writes her madness in an extraordinarily compelling way, one that viscerally portrays the abuse and trauma at the heart of her story. Every time I went to put ...
  • Kathleen
    Jan 06, 2018
    My review from the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Sherman Alexie?s introduction to Terese Marie Mailhot?s debut memoir, ?Heart Berries,? is incandescent with glowing praise, all of it deserved. ?I was aware,? he writes, ?within maybe thre...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Feb 18, 2018
    This short memoir deals with a lot of pretty heavy stuff, including child abuse, mental illness, poverty, and the struggles of indigenous cultures. Despite the brutality of the topics, the language is richly poetic and gripping. ...
  • Roxane
    Nov 05, 2017
    Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot is an astounding memoir in essays. Here, is a wound. Here is need, naked and unapologetic. Here is a mountain woman, towering in words great and small. She writes of motherhood, loss, absence, want, suffering, love, mental illness, betrayal, and survival...
  • Janet
    Dec 07, 2017
    Terese Marie Mailhot?s poetic, shapeshifting memoir Heart Berries, a series of tiny impressionistic essays of self-exploration into the very roots of trauma and madness, is as impossible to describe as it is to shake off. Mailhot is a woman at odds with herself and the world, and her...
  • Riva Sciuto
    Feb 20, 2018
    "You think weakness is a problem. I want to be torn apart by everything. My people cultivated pain. In the way that god cultivated his garden with the foresight that he could not contain or protect the life within it. Humanity was born out of pain." *** What a brave, beautiful a...
  • Maggie K
    Mar 31, 2018
    Heart Berries is an emotional punch to the gut of one woman's journey through her own mental illness...a determined force through love, emotion and memory. A story stark with its realism - Exploring the contradiction that was her mother (a social worker full of cynicism and love for...
  • Cassie
    Jan 19, 2018
    I?m still thinking on it. ...
  • Tommy
    Dec 06, 2017
    Heart Berries is heartbreaking and breathtaking in its scope, vision, and beauty. There?s nothing out there like this book. It is formally experimental and yet totally accessible. There is truth, power, and beauty in more sentences here than in almost any book I can think of. Terese ...
  • Emily May
    Jan 29, 2018
    You should have thought before you made a crazy Indian woman your lover. It took me a while to settle into the rhythm of Mailhot's writing in Heart Berries. It?s very poetic, dreamy and beautiful, though often fragmented and edging towards stream-of-consciousness in parts. It requ...
  • Krista
    Mar 23, 2018
    This story is yours, culprit of my pain. Which one of us is asking for mercy? Heart Berries is a memoir by the Salish writer Terese Marie Mailhot, told over eleven ?fractured? essays. Growing up on Canada's West Coast, this could have been a sadly familiar-sounding Reserve-based...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Apr 09, 2018
    2.5 STARS - In this small book, Mailhot, a Canadian Indigenous woman, bravely shares her personal feelings and experiences which are often brutal, bleak and sometimes shocking. She tells her story with a unique writing style that was like nothing I've ever read. Some phrases were d...
  • Sue Dix
    Apr 10, 2018
    I don?t even know how to begin. This is unlike anything I?ve read. It feels like you?re inside the author?s mind, looking out at her life as she comes to terms with herself, her family, her past, present, and future. It?s disquieting, often disturbing, brilliantly written. ...
  • Debbie
    Apr 16, 2018
    Did a 180: I loved this memoir, then I didn?t. The writer is an indigenous woman who is fighting a traumatic past and mental illness. Despite powerful, poetic language and a unique viewpoint, the story was sometimes disjointed or confusing, and it kept me at a distance. Full review t...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Mar 08, 2018
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex The concise and powerful language used to describe the author's life in this book is amazing. The prose read more like poetry and was full of emotion and honest. Mailhot had a very troubling and abusive childhood that she slowly confronts i...
  • Luke Gorham
    Mar 04, 2018
    Probably closer to 4.5. Memoir filtered through the poetics of mind and language. Raw, primal, elemental. Memory as abstraction; emotion as compass, weapon, and shield, and yet always as truth. Necessarily fragmented and apportioned, speaking to her loudest truths and structurally, aes...
  • ♥ Sarah
    Mar 22, 2018
    Oh my heart. I don?t even know where to start because there were sooo many issues Mailhot tackles with so much pain and restraint and style. I instantly took to Mailhot?s writing style ? it was choppy and raw, uncut, unedited (obviously it was edited but it felt like it was n...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Mar 21, 2018
    I am destroyed. ...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    Feb 07, 2018
    A book written by the indigenous, for the indigenous, Heart Berries is a raw, heart-breaking and sobering memoir of what it means to grow up as a poor, abused, robbed of her own culture native American woman who suffers from depression. This is like no other memoir of the Native Am...
  • Janelle
    Mar 21, 2018
    This might sound odd, but I love literary fiction, psychological thrillers, and memoirs all for the same reason: they are thought-provoking. I love books that make you think. HEART BERRIES, a memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot, is one such book. It?s painfully honest and shows a very...
  • Krystal
    Oct 07, 2017
    This poetic memoir deconstructs Indigenous stereotypes, as Terese Marie Mailhot disrupts what her narrative should look like, re-imagining personal sovereignty on her own terms! ...
  • Grace Randolph
    Jan 21, 2018
    As a Native and Black woman I rarely get to see myself reflected in the world in a way that is real and multi-dimensional. That shifted some for me this past week when I read Heartberries by Terese Mailhot. So much poetry in these pages, I read it in a single sitting. Ms. Mailhot's use...
  • Ashley
    Apr 01, 2018
    I can hear my aunt's voice, telling me that if my security depends on a man's words or action, I've lost sight of my power. I think I am more a fan of spare, unpoetic prose. At certain times, the writing style of "Heart Berries" reminded me, slightly, of spoken-word poetry. It's jus...
  • Chantelle Dixon
    Oct 12, 2017
    Oh man. THIS BOOK. The writing is poetic and stream-of-conscious-like, which takes it to the next level but also is its downfall. You have to read s.l.o.w.l.y. to really appreciate the style, and she has these incredible one-liners that will just ZING you. And the guts of the story its...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Feb 21, 2018
    Mailhot is a writer to be reckoned with. Heart Berries is a raw, unfiltered look at Mailhot's life told via ethereal and poetic proses. However, Mailhot's proses felt disjointed at times making her story, at times, inaccessible to the reader. ...
  • Hannah
    Feb 14, 2018
    I don?t think I have the words. I have been trying and failing to write a proper review for days. This book has rendered me speechless, so this will be a super short review. Terese Mailhot packs an unbelievable punch into a book this short. I could not stop reading it: her languag...
  • Leigh
    Sep 20, 2017
    Still processing - this was a difficult read for me and likely will be for folks with family histories of abuse or mental illness - there is a big room in the library in my head full of difficult books great for writing and reading the way out of trauma and this is one of those, absolu...
  • Monika
    Feb 24, 2018
    In his introduction for this memoir, Sherman Alexie writes that within three sentences he knew Mailhot was a "generational talent." That she was something completely and wholly new. I completely agree. ...
  • Chelsea Bryan
    Oct 09, 2017
    Heart Berries was relentlessly interesting on an intellectual, emotional and stylistic level, and painful to read. The way the plot moved and things got communicated was enigmatic and moving in a way that I find abstract visual art can be. I think the book is really a lot like modern a...