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The Truth About Stories

(2003)
Indigenous Americas
A non fiction book by

 
 
"Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous." In The Truth About Stories, Native novelist and scholar Thomas King explores how stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with other people. From creation stories to personal experiences, historical anecdotes to social injustices, racist propaganda to works of contemporary Native literature, King probes Native culture's deep ties to storytelling. With wry humor, King deftly weaves events from his own life as a child in California, an academic in Canada, and a Native North American with a wide-ranging discussion of stories told by and about Indians. So many stories have been told about Indians, King comments, that "there is no reason for the Indian to be real. The Indian simply has to exist in our imaginations." That imaginative Indian that North Americans hold dear has been challenged by Native writers - N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louis Owens, Robert Alexie, and others - who provide alternative narratives of the Native experience that question, create a present, and imagine a future. King reminds the reader, Native and non-Native, that storytelling carries with it social and moral responsibilties. "Don't say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. You've heard it now."



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Hardback Editions

March 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (Indigenous Americas)
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-8166-4626-0 / 978-0-8166-4626-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (INDIGENOUS AMERICAS)
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-8166-4627-9 / 978-0-8166-4627-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
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November 2003 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Truth About Stories
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-88784-696-3 / 978-0-88784-696-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
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Audio Editions

December 2003 : Canada Audio CD
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Title: The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-660-19048-6 / 978-0-660-19048-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Cbc Radio Canada
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Kindle Editions

November 2003 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (CBC Massey Lectures)
Author(s): Thomas King
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Availability: Amazon CA