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:143 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...
  • Elyse
    Aug 01, 2018
    A Canadian Indigenous woman wrote about her madness- The writing is poetic-a memoir in essays - but what she writes is devastating- gut wrenching. The writing looks the way it does ( unique- uncut- disjointed ), in my opinion because we are looking deep inside the mind of mental ill...
  • 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...
  • Thomas
    May 04, 2018
    An emotion-driven memoir about a Native American woman's struggles with abuse, mental illness, and survival. Terese Marie Mailhot makes many astute observations in Heart Berries, including how white people use self-esteem as "identity capitalism" and how Indian women are often viewed a...
  • 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...
  • Diane S ☔
    Apr 27, 2018
    3.5 A slim book, but a powerful one. A dysfunctional upbringing on a reservation, and indeed Sherman Alexie provides a glowing recommendation. Easily understood as Alexies own upbringing had some similarities with the author. Mental illness, disrupted and failed relationship, she had m...
  • 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. ...
  • Mandy
    Apr 24, 2018
    This was an artfully crafted memoir. It was honest, strong, mournful, beautiful. The book itself was small but the content heavy and big. Terese Marie Mailhot has a way with words. You can just FEEL them. In the afterword she is discussing honesty and disclosure. A statement she ma...
  • Debbie
    Nov 06, 2017
    I did a total 180! I loved this memoir, then I didn?t. Mailhot is an indigenous woman with a traumatic past, and her heart-wrenching, raw story starts out as cool poetry. I felt like she was sharing her soul. Her jazz was getting me all jazzed. The voice in my head was screaming: ...
  • 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
    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, aesthetically informed and ...
  • Lata
    Aug 09, 2018
    Raw, honest, and incredibly painful for the author to have lived through. The Q&A at the end was illuminating, as the author explained her thought processes, and why she wrote as she did. ...
  • 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! ...
  • Haley
    Apr 27, 2018
    In the Afterword, Mailhot describes how this work started as fiction (pieces of it were even previously published as fiction) and eventually turned into non-fiction: "I realized I had been using the guise of fiction to show myself the truth, and the process of turning fiction into nonf...
  • 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...
  • Eli
    Jun 23, 2018
    It took me like a week to read this short book because it was so raw and painful. Also some of the essays were a bit disconnected so it was confusing sometimes. ...
  • 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...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    May 07, 2018
    You think weakness is a problem. I want to be torn apart by everything. If you?re a fan of the writing in books like Carmen Marie Machado?s Her Body and Other Parties and Roxane Gay?s Difficult Women, you?ll probably adore the writing throughout. For me, the writing didn?t...
  • Meike
    Jul 22, 2018
    This slim memoir will blow your mind: Terese Marie Mailhot wrote a powerful, brutally honest book overflowing with poetic and inventive prose. Started as a therapeutic project, the reader is taken on a ride while the author is trying to figure out herself and her past, growing up on th...
  • 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...