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One Story, One Song

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A new collection of warm, wise and inspiring stories from the author of One Native Life.

In One Story, One Song, Richard Wagamese explores the importance of stories: how they shape us, how they empower us, how they change our lives. Ancient and contemporary, cultural and spiritual, funny and sad, the tales are grouped according to the four essential principles Ojibway tradi...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Douglas & McIntyre (first published February 12th 2011)
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Toni McKilligan
I read this book for Book Club and was expecting a novel. Imagine my surprise when it was a biography in a collection of essays. Imagine my delightful surprise! Richard Wagamese is full of delightful surprises. Not the least of which is his honesty. In One Story, One Song, Mr. Wagamese tells his story, from the abuse he suffered as a child to his years as a homeless man imprisoned by a bottle to his recovery and triumph over his addictions to finding peace and love, with humour and sincerity. I...more
Dave Layzell
I am so glad I read this after finishing Wagamese’s Indian Horse. This series of introspective essays details the painful start Richard had in his youth and early adult life along with the courage and open-heartedness he developed as he wrestled both the demons of his personal past and the horrors of our treatment of native peoples. Reading this book I took lots of contemplative pauses and came to better understand who Wagamese is as a person and how positive and forward looking his message is f...more
Mj
May 08, 2012 Mj rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes good literature and impactful stories
This is the second book by Richard Wagamese that I have read. It too is a collection of 2-5 page stories/teachings by Richard based on his personal experiences. This book was just as amazing, if not more so, than One Native Life. The book is packed full of gems of wisdom and love and caring. His choice of language and words is quite incredible. You can see and feel the wind and the land and the pain, whatever he is writing about, as if you were there with him or were him. His stories and craft a...more
Pamela McDowell
The structure of this book was a refreshing change - more journal-like and reflective than stories. The entries are fairly brief, just enough to bite off and chew on for the rest of the day. I found most of them thought-provoking and sometimes heart-wrenching. Some ideas have stuck with me, like the belief that birds are the souls of children. I will watch chickadees and crows with a different eye, thanks to this book.
Fran
I'd wanted to know more about aboriginal culture and kind of just picked this one off the shelf. It's more about the author's personal life journey but has a lot of culture in it., especially about nature and animals and their symbolic meanings, which is very interesting. The author has a lot of wisdom about life based on nature, his roots and his personal experiences. He's learned more about life and how to treat people from his dog than from all the counselors, psychologists, psychyatrists, he...more
Tina Siegel
A lovely book! I'd have no idea how to describe it, beyond ruminations on humility, wisdom, introspection and courage. In terms of form, they're something between personal essays and flash fiction. In terms of artfulness, they're fantastic. Wagamese is a gentle, generous, unadorned writer and his work is a pleasure to read.

The only sour note for me was that, toward the end, all the various pieces started running together. I felt like I always knew what was coming, and I got impatient.

Still, a gr...more
Autumn
I feel like Wagamese reached right into me and touched the most sensitive parts of my insides, while at the same time somehow setting me right atop a foundation so I felt like I could handle it.

A beautiful blend of borderland, dharma, fable and autobiography. I am so grateful for Wagamese for this book, it now takes a place of honour in the "revisits" area of my bookshelf.
Pickyreaderinblack
Ahhh - a restful walk through words. Mr. Wagamese's writing soothed me - transported me right to his side, when he took his walks along logging roads with his dog. He shared his story courageously and without judgement - shows he's truly done some healing over the hurt life dealt. Would love to meet him and spend about three hours over a coffee with him and his wife!
Christine
I loved the message of this book; that we are all in this together. A comforting read.
Vionna
Very interesting little book on his spiritual journey to find a better life. Everybody has a story to tell and he has told his very well and he listened to other people tell theirs and always finds something worthwhile in them. We all part of the same humanity.
Shar Wallis
This is touted as a collection of short stories. It was more like a collection of thoughts, memories and short essays.
Annelies
Beautiful stories. He is such a good author
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Richard Wagamese is one of Canada's foremost Native authors and storytellers. Working as a professional writer since 1979 he's been a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer and the author of eleven titles from major Canadian publishers.

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