Skin to the Core : A Memoir in Words and Pictures

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"The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside." Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking." -- Inside front jacket flap.
Publisher: Montclair, NJ : Levine Querido, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781646140138
Branch Call Number: Y 973.0497 GAN
Characteristics: 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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LPL_MaryW Aug 13, 2020

I was only a few pages into Eric Gansworth’s Apple: Skin to the Core when I realized how important it was that I read this book, which bursts open a derogatory label to reveal the author’s Indigenous experience. From Gansworth’s reality—living in poverty on a reservation, an Onondaga among Tuscaroras—to the near erasure of his culture via boarding schools only two generations prior, this memoir in verse holds a magnifying glass to white supremacy in action. Stylishly rendered to mirror the evolution of The Beatles, this coming-of-age story is enlightening, and often heartbreaking, and outsiders and outliers will find themselves within.


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