Walking the Rez Road

by Jim Northrup | Poetry |
ISBN: 0896581810 Global Overview for this book
Registered by mssaver of Chicago, Illinois USA on 4/9/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by mssaver from Chicago, Illinois USA on Monday, April 09, 2007
Looks interesting. I plan to read and release.

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This was a very interesting book, alternating poems and short stories. The author/poet lives on a Chippewa reservation in northern Minnesota. His writing varies from grim to humorous, but always presents insights into life on and off "the rez."

Never Judge a Book by Its Cover Challenge Week 14: Author's "N" Name

Journal Entry 3 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Friday, April 13, 2007
mssaver passed me this and two other books when we met for breakfast. I hope to find some time to read and then pass on to someone I think might enjoy

Journal Entry 4 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I was surprised. The book was not quite what I expected when I started reading but I still enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed one of the poems enough to write it down in a special poetry journal.

When I got this book it was with the intent of sending to WingedMan as I thought he might enjoy the combination of poetry and prose.

Journal Entry 5 by NMReader at Post Office in by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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I will mail over my lunch

Journal Entry 6 by wingrem_NON-938592wing on Friday, May 04, 2007
This looks very interesting. The author's name seems so familiar to me, but right off I don't believe I've ever read any of his work. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.

Journal Entry 7 by wingrem_NON-938592wing on Thursday, May 17, 2007
I enjoyed this book very much, there is such humour and truth in Northrup's writing.... It's grim, it's humourous, it's touching.

From the Publisher
In his premiere book, Jim Northrup presents a collection of his poems and short fiction. The result is a rich and detailed tapestry of the lives of the Native peoples on a northern Minnesota reservation.
Northrup's stories feature Luke Warmwater, a veteran of the Vietnam War and reservation life. Though Luke and his wife live the traditional way of the Chippewa, life is anything but simple. The continual struggle to survive is a given on a reservation where everyone is broke, and where the tribal government seems to work against, not for, the interests of the reservation folk. Throughout, it is humor, wry and tough, that holds the people and their community together.

Northrup's poems tell of Vietnam and its aftermath. The beautiful and honest language gives us a view of life on the reservation and deft commentary on the world that surrounds it.

Journal Entry 8 by wingrem_NON-938592wing on Monday, May 21, 2007
Order for bookray:

1. nuttyreader- Texas (USA)
2. Erishkigal- Utah (USA)
3. Tashe- Ohio (USA)
4. labmomnm - New Mexico (USA)
5. okyrhoe- Athens (Greece)

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Sending to nuttyreader. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by nuttyreader from Wichita Falls, Texas USA on Sunday, May 27, 2007
Thanks WingedMan for sharing. It will be read and back out soon.

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Sent to Erishkigal.

Journal Entry 12 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Monday, June 18, 2007
arrived in today's mail, and I'm looking forward to spending time with it. nah, not too much time...just enough time to savor.....

Journal Entry 13 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Monday, July 09, 2007
Sweet, sad, grim, funny, haunting, joyful....the poems and stories are all this and more--thank you so much for sharing, WingedMan! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and will be looking for more by Northrup.

This little book got to do a bit of extra traveling, as I took it with me to the Little Big medicine Sundance down on "the Big Rez". I bought a tent light this year, so I'd crawl in and read a poem and a story before crashing each night (not reading late is imperative--the call to the sweats comes about 4:30 am!) Then I read the last camped by Swazey's Rapids (on the Green River) on my way back up to Salt Lake.

I have Tashe's address and will be putting this gem in the post today.

May each of you Walk in Beauty

Journal Entry 14 by Tashe from Toledo, Ohio USA on Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Many thanks to Erishkigal. The book arrived today. YAY! I am looking forward to it. :-) I'll try not to keep it too long and I'll send it off to labmomnm sometime soon.

We are operating on NDN Time, aren't we? Just joking . . .


Journal Entry 15 by Tashe from Toledo, Ohio USA on Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Waiting for labmomnm''s addy so I can send it on!


Journal Entry 16 by labmomnm from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Friday, August 24, 2007
Arrived in the mail - I plan to start reading it this weekend. Who added the bookmark? It is beautiful.

7 September 2007 - okyrhoe is on vacation until mid-September; will PM for an address after that. I started to read this book this morning - it is amazing, so far.

28 Sept. '07 - Oops, thought I'd been back to finish journaling this! I really enjoyed the book - it wasn't at all what I had expected when I signed up for this bookray, but was even better than the book I expected it to be. I love it when that happens! Thanks so much for sharing.

Mailed 29 Sept. '07 to okyrhoe.

Journal Entry 17 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Arrived in my p.o.box today.
Thanks WingedMan for including me in the ray, and labmomnm for posting the book to me.
Lovely bookmark, and also the card of the Rio Grande gorge makes me want to travel there!!

Nov. 21: I hope it's OK if I take some extra time with this. I've been swamped by ring & ray books this month, and since I'm the last person on the list, I am going to bump it so that I can finish some other books which need to be sent onwards.

Journal Entry 18 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Friday, January 18, 2008
A very enjoyable read. There's a kind of understated sarcasm that I, as an outsider, would categorize as typical NAIndian humor, for lack of a better characterization.

More about Jim Northrup and NativeWiki links to his writing available online.
And also this Assisting American Indian Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Lessons from Vietnam Veterans and the Writings of Jim Northrup

Other NAI writers I have read include William Least-Heat Moon, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko. I recently Bookmooched a couple of titles by Sherman Alexie, and hope to make a comparison.

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