Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land

Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land Details

A powerful, poetic memoir about what it means to exist as an indigenous woman in America, told in snapshots of the author’s encounters with gun violence.

Toni Jensen grew up around guns: As a girl, she learned to shoot birds in rural Iowa with her father, a card-carrying member of the NRA. As an adult, she’s had guns waved in her face near Standing Rock, and felt their silent threat on the concealed-carry campus where she teaches. And she has always known that in this she is not alone. As a Métis woman, she is no stranger to the violence enacted on the bodies of indigenous women, on indigenous land, and the ways it is hidden, ignored, forgotten.

In Carry, Jensen maps her personal experience onto the historical, exploring how history is lived in the body and redefining the language we use to speak about violence in America. In the title chapter, Jensen connects the trauma of school shootings with her own experiences of racism and sexual assault on college campuses. "The Worry Line" explores the gun and gang violence in her neighborhood the year her daughter was born. "At the Workshop" focuses on her graduate school years, during which a workshop classmate repeatedly killed off thinly veiled versions of her in his stories. In "Women in the Fracklands", Jensen takes the listener inside Standing Rock during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and bears witness to the peril faced by women in regions overcome by the fracking boom.

In prose at once forensic and deeply emotional, Toni Jensen shows herself to be a brave new voice and a fearless witness to her own difficult history - as well as to the violent cultural landscape in which she finds her coordinates. With each chapter, Carry reminds us that surviving in one’s country is not the same as surviving one’s country.

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Title:Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land
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  • Autumn Byrd

    ARC was provided by NetGalley and Ballantine Books in exchanged for an honest review.This review is being published before the release date (September 8th, 2020) Content/Trigger Warnings: Police bru...

  • Sheena

    Happy publication day! September 8th, 2020.Sometimes rating and reviewing a memoir can be really difficult. Who am I to judge someone’s life story? I almost was unable to rate this but settled with ...

  • ? Sandi ?

    2.5 stars Thanks to the Marketing Manager | Random House Group | Penguin Random House for the chance to read and review this ARC and to NetGalley for the download. How do you critique a memoir? You do...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Carry is a collection of essays about Toni Jensen’s experiences with many forms of violence, including domestic and gang, while focusing on gun violence and its personal and historical impact.While ...

  • Dawn Michelle

    I am struggling with this review. The book has left me open and raw and angry and sad and deep in memories I never, ever, wanted to revisit [and thought I had dealt with, but apparently, I have just s...

  • Michelle

    When I first picked up Carry I thought it was going to be about Jensen's experience as an indigenous woman with gun violence. To some extent that is what it is, but Carry is also about violence agains...

  • Carla Hafez

    Carry: A Memoir on Survival on Stolen Land, by Toni Jensen, is a memoir in essays, on a range of topics but with violence as a common theme. Domestic violence, settler violence; the violence of erasur...

  • Rachel

    Carry by Toni Jensen is a stunning collection of thoughts and essays bound together to create a memoir of sorts and a glimpse into the world of a woman that has been immersed and experienced a multitu...

  • Oscreads

    Wow!!!! What did I just read? I need everyone to go read this right now. Review Coming Soon. Thank you Penguin Random House #partner for a copy. ...

  • Darrenglass

    This book is about families. It is about alcoholism. It is about the struggle of native people. It is about guns and violence. It is about teachers and students. It is about Black Lives Matter and it ...