JCPL Book Club: Heart Berries

May 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
JCPL at Davis Conference Room

Join us for a group discussion of Terese Marie Mailhot’s memoir Heart Berries. Copies of the book are available for check out now. Hoopla Digital also has copies of the ebook and eaudiobook available now. Refreshments will be served. Please register.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 her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot’s mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father–an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist–who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame.