Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Heart Berries

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERSelected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018 "Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot is an astounding memoir in essays. Here is a wound. Here is need, naked and unapologetic. Here is a mountain woman, towering in words great and small... What Mailhot has accomplished in this exquisite book is brilliance both raw and refined." ―Roxane Gay, author of Hunger Heart Berries is a powerful, po...

Details Heart Berries

TitleHeart Berries
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherCounterpoint Press
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir

Reviews Heart Berries

  • Roxane
    Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot is an astounding memoir in essays. Here, is a wound. Here is need, naked and unapologetic. Here is a mountain woman, towering in words great and small. She writes of motherhood, loss, absence, want, suffering, love, mental illness, betrayal, and survival. She does this without blinking but to say she is fearless would be to miss the point. These essays are too intimate, too absorbing, too beautifully written, but n...
  • Emily May
    You should have thought before you made a crazy Indian woman your lover. It took me a while to settle into the rhythm of Mailhot's writing in Heart Berries. It’s very poetic, dreamy and beautiful, though often fragmented and edging towards stream-of-consciousness in parts. It requires some patience and close attention - for, though short, this is not the easiest of reads - but it really does pay off.Heart Berries is a Native American woman's me...
  • Hannah
    I don’t think I have the words. I have been trying and failing to write a proper review for days. This book has rendered me speechless, so this will be a super short review.Terese Mailhot packs an unbelievable punch into a book this short. I could not stop reading it: her language is hypnotic, her turn of phrase impressive, her emotional rawness painful. This book does not follow conventions, Terese Mailhot tells her story the way she wants to ...
  • Janet
    Terese Marie Mailhot’s poetic, shapeshifting memoir Heart Berries, a series of tiny impressionistic essays of self-exploration into the very roots of trauma and madness, is as impossible to describe as it is to shake off. Mailhot is a woman at odds with herself and the world, and her book is in a soul-searching dialogue moving towards self-acceptance by means of the creation of a new definition of self. Reading her book is a dangerous activity,...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    A book written by the indigenous, for the indigenous, Heart Berries is a raw, heart-breaking and sobering memoir of what it means to grow up as a poor, abused, robbed of her own culture native American woman who suffers from depression. This is like no other memoir of the Native American (or First Nations) Experience, for the simple reason that it won't cater to your white-folks needs of painting indigenous culture with frills and sparkles, N...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    This memoir is unnerving from the very beginning. Rather than going back in time or providing some background, it starts with a letter to a boyfriend from a mental treatment center, full of emotions. The reader has to distill what has happened through the wall of pain. It is not easy to do. The author steps back from there and starts looking at memories of her childhood, which are also largely trauma narratives.I actually feel like I gained the m...
  • Kathleen
    My review from the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty...Sherman Alexie’s introduction to Terese Marie Mailhot’s debut memoir, “Heart Berries,” is incandescent with glowing praise, all of it deserved. “I was aware,” he writes, “within maybe three sentences that I was in the presence of a generational talent.” If that weren’t enough, in his blurb, he calls the book — centered on Mailhot’s coming of age on t...
  • Janelle
    This might sound odd, but I love literary fiction, psychological thrillers, and memoirs all for the same reason: they are thought-provoking. I love books that make you think. HEART BERRIES, a memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot, is one such book. It’s painfully honest and shows a very authentic perspective of the human condition. It’s no coincidence that @emmawatson chose it for her @oursharedshelf March selection, which I one hundred percent agre...
  • Krista
    This story is yours, culprit of my pain. Which one of us is asking for mercy? Heart Berries is a memoir by the Salish writer Terese Marie Mailhot, told over eleven “fractured” essays. Growing up on Canada's West Coast, this could have been a sadly familiar-sounding Reserve-based childhood tale, but Mailhot is a writer with an edge and an MFA. Her “narrative” is beyond the ordinary (with an artist/activist mother whose correspondence with ...
  • Chelsea Bryan
    Heart Berries was relentlessly interesting on an intellectual, emotional and stylistic level, and painful to read. The way the plot moved and things got communicated was enigmatic and moving in a way that I find abstract visual art can be. I think the book is really a lot like modern art, and that it pushed the forefront and boundaries of memoir. On the emotional side, the narrator's internal and external struggles were so complicated that the bo...
  • Chantelle Dixon
    Oh man. THIS BOOK. The writing is poetic and stream-of-conscious-like, which takes it to the next level but also is its downfall. You have to read s.l.o.w.l.y. to really appreciate the style, and she has these incredible one-liners that will just ZING you. And the guts of the story itself were beautiful and searing and terrible. Mailhot is a passionate, emotional narrator. Those are all good, incredible things.But it just didn't come together. It...
  • Krystal
    This poetic memoir deconstructs Indigenous stereotypes, as Terese Marie Mailhot disrupts what her narrative should look like, re-imagining personal sovereignty on her own terms!
  • Riva Sciuto
    "You think weakness is a problem. I want to be torn apart by everything. My people cultivated pain. In the way that god cultivated his garden with the foresight that he could not contain or protect the life within it. Humanity was born out of pain." ***What a brave, beautiful and emotional tour de force this is. It is short but powerful, capturing both the depth and breadth of the human condition. Written as an honest and raw love letter to her h...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Mailhot is a writer to be reckoned with. Heart Berries is a raw, unfiltered look at Mailhot's life told via ethereal and poetic proses. However, Mailhot's proses felt disjointed at times making her story, at times, inaccessible to the reader.
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    This short memoir deals with a lot of pretty heavy stuff, including child abuse, mental illness, poverty, and the struggles of indigenous cultures. Despite the brutality of the topics, the language is richly poetic and gripping.
  • Luke Gorham
    Probably closer to 4.5. Memoir filtered through the poetics of mind and language. Raw, primal, elemental. Memory as abstraction; emotion as compass, weapon, and shield, and yet always as truth. Necessarily fragmented and apportioned, speaking to her loudest truths and structurally, aesthetically informed and sometimes mirroring her diagnosis. Completely unique and immersive reading experience.
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThe concise and powerful language used to describe the author's life in this book is amazing. The prose read more like poetry and was full of emotion and honest. Mailhot had a very troubling and abusive childhood that she slowly confronts in adulthood. The book describes her experience being hospitalized for her mental illness and how she navigates her relationships with the people in her life. Mailhot's ...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    I am destroyed.
  • Monika
    In his introduction for this memoir, Sherman Alexie writes that within three sentences he knew Mailhot was a "generational talent." That she was something completely and wholly new. I completely agree.
  • Leigh
    Still processing - this was a difficult read for me and likely will be for folks with family histories of abuse or mental illness - there is a big room in the library in my head full of difficult books great for writing and reading the way out of trauma and this is one of those, absolutely. But beyond that:Terese Marie Mailhot is a staggeringly gifted writer. Her experimentation with form and style and her resistance to (I kind of hate to say thi...
  • Jennybeast
    This is not ordinarily the sort of book I pick up, but I found it powerful and disturbing and heart wrenching to read. Mailhot writes her madness in an extraordinarily compelling way, one that viscerally portrays the abuse and trauma at the heart of her story. Every time I went to put it down, I found myself compelled to pick it up again.Advanced Reader's Copy provided by Edelweiss.
  • ♥ Sarah
    Oh my heart. I don’t even know where to start because there were sooo many issues Mailhot tackles with so much pain and restraint and style. I instantly took to Mailhot’s writing style – it was choppy and raw, uncut, unedited (obviously it was edited but it felt like it was not... in a good way). It felt as if I was peering into her dairy, dissecting her innermost deepest secrets and thoughts and seeing such vulnerability and grace and pain...
  • Ashley
    I can hear my aunt's voice, telling me that if my security depends on a man's words or action, I've lost sight of my power.I think I am more a fan of spare, unpoetic prose. At certain times, the writing style of "Heart Berries" reminded me, slightly, of spoken-word poetry. It's just personal preference that this kind of art is really not to my taste. Neverthless, "Heart Berries" was an important read, offering a perspective that is rarely seen in...
  • Tommy
    Heart Berries is heartbreaking and breathtaking in its scope, vision, and beauty. There’s nothing out there like this book. It is formally experimental and yet totally accessible. There is truth, power, and beauty in more sentences here than in almost any book I can think of. Terese uses the truths and facts of her own life to explore bigger themes about what it means to be Native now, what it means to be a Native woman, and what it means to wr...
  • Cassie
    I’m still thinking on it.
  • Grace Randolph
    As a Native and Black woman I rarely get to see myself reflected in the world in a way that is real and multi-dimensional. That shifted some for me this past week when I read Heartberries by Terese Mailhot. So much poetry in these pages, I read it in a single sitting. Ms. Mailhot's use of language is both stark, vivid, and beautiful to behold whether she is building a scene or revealing a truth-- "Indian girls can be forgotten so well they forget...
  • Ericka Clouther
    This is hard and heavy and ... joyless? I like the writing, it feels fresh and straightforward, different than other memoirs. But the lack of chronology made it difficult for me to understand who was who and who did what.The afterword is a question and answer session and is especially interesting because Mailhot's voice is a little different, possibly its a transcript of her speaking instead of writing?
  • Abby Johnson
    This poetic memoir is heartbreaking and raw. Mailhot writes frankly about dealing with abuse and mental illness, trying to piece her family together even as she loses custody of her oldest child and returns again and again to an emotionally manipulative lover. I especially appreciated reading about Mailhot's experience as a Salish Indian navigating mental health services and other things in a white world. Readers engrossed by Sherman Alexie's rec...
  • Maja Lisa
    Thanks to Terese Marie Mailhot and Counterpoint Press for providing an advanced copy.Short, poetic, and raw. I'm still processing this one. Although it falls at a tiny 160 pages, it takes a while to read each page as there are no extra words, no extra phrases--it is packed and dense and heavy.I liked the Q&A afterword with Joan Kane, which adds some more information and discussion with the author.
  • Kelsey
    4.5/5 starsThis memoir is so much more than just a memoir. It reads like a poem to someone Mailhot addresses as "you," who we later find out is her partner, Casey. The subject matter is complex, dealing with her experiences as an Indian woman, the stereotypes and struggles of the community on the reservation, and Mailhot's mental illness. We also see her trying to reconcile her role as a mother to her three children despite her own tenuous and di...