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Memoir of a Reluctant Shaman (A Story of Native American Magical Realism)

Nolan, Ty

ISBN 10: 1502840863 / ISBN 13: 9781502840868
Published by Coyote Books Press, 2014
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Title: Memoir of a Reluctant Shaman (A Story of ...

Publisher: Coyote Books Press

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Soft

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed By Author

Edition: First Edition.

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From the NY Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Ty Nolan. “My grandmother's song would make her wooden dolls dance without strings, something I have sought to do in my own relationships without much success. Perhaps my song is not strong enough, or perhaps I would be better off with stiffer relationships than the blood and bone-based lovers I've chosen--or that have chosen me. Living in cities that are so bright they blot out the stars at night, my lovers have had skin washed pale as fish bellies back home, and I have never quite figured out how to explain to them what happens on our reservation, where stars look new and are strong enough to burn our bodies brown. How do I explain to my vegetarian significant other that he can buy a t-shirt in the tribal store that reads, "Vegetarian is an Indian word for poor hunter." How do those for whom meat is something wrapped in plastic you use plastic to buy, make sense of my siblings hacking meat off a still-warm carcass? Do they really understand that the smooth hardness of the drums of mine they touch and admire is the flesh of the animal scraped clean?” Thus begins a coming of age story of Native American Magical Realism. The first chapter was a finalist in National Public Radio’s Short Fiction Contest under “Dolls.” Now discover the full story of a most remarkable family. (includes Coyote's Condoms, created for the Real Story Safe-Sex Project)

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Reviewed on BP's by Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin Ty Nolan is a professional storyteller and a therapist. He was asked to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professors how to use Storytelling (a retelling of traditional Native American Stories)  to more effectively communicate complex concepts about technology to a general audience. Most recently he has worked with the National Science Foundation's Flagship Project, Synergy. He currently lives in Arizona near South Mountain Community College, where one can be certified as a storyteller at one of the only Storytelling Institutes in the United States. Description: Ty Nolan's coming of age story with Native American Magical Realism interwoven with traditional American Indian Legends. Appraisal: Ty Nolan gets up close and personal in this coming of age memoir about his life, possibly a little too personal for some. He doesn't pull any punches about being a gay man. The narrative is about the spiritual truths he experienced as a young man. Frankly, I found it to be an amazing history. Yes, I am hesitant to call this a story even though many will relate to it as such. This is Mr. Nolan's own personal experience he is sharing with us for our own enlightenment, he is sowing seeds. He has also woven certain Native legends with these experiences and expanded into other spiritualism's as well. We are also given insight into life on a reservation as well as his family's life. I thought it was humorous and creative that Mr. Nolan referred to his brothers and sisters by their astrological signs instead of their names. I found it all fascinating and had trouble putting the book down to sleep. I also enjoyed the author's sense of humor that is injected into the narrative as asides occasionally. It served to relieve tension and made it more personal. This author has expanded the realm of possibilities in his books and I look forward to reading more from Ty Nolan. He is obviously an intelligent man with a lot of wisdom to share and a skilled Storyteller. :

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