Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Beginning: Grandma Says: Wake Up, World!


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



I remember how hard it was when I was a child growing up because in those times, in Lincoln County, there was signs on restaurants and different places where Indians and dogs weren't allowed.
-- Grandma Says: Wake Up, World! by Taowhywee, Agnes Baker Pilgrim, published by Blackstone Publishing. This is a collection of the "wisdom, wit, advice, and stories of 'Grandma Aggie'" the oldest living member of the Takelma Tribe of Oregon.

Agnes Baker Pilgrim is a Native American spiritual elder who lives in Grants Pass, Oregon. She is honored as a "Living Treasure" by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and the Oregon Council of the Arts calls her a "Living Cultural Legend."

"Grandma Aggie" here speaks in her own voice, telling the stories of her childhood and her tribe, and discussing contemporary issues. The audiobook is part of Blackstone Audio's The Legacy Of The First Nation, Voices of a Generation Series.

Grandma Says: Wake Up, World! is available in paperback, and also in a Kindle edition, although the audiobook recording Agnes Baker Pilgrim's own voice is the best way to experience this work.


  1. This looks like an amazing read! ENjoy!

  2. I agree - it looks wonderful. And I cannot resist audiobooks that are read by the author. They're so very personal. I'm going to look for that. Enjoy.

  3. This sounds absolutely fantastic! Happy reading!

  4. This is a book I can relate to being Canadian Native.

  5. This sounds really good - I will need to add it to my list - I'm pretty sure I'll be upset after I read it because it just hurts my heart to know that people - any people - have been treated like this. Great choice.

  6. This sounds like a fascinating book. I'm interested in learning more of the history of the Pacific Northwest, and this book sounds like a good place to start.

  7. I bet that is a pretty interesting read! :)


  8. Sounds interesting. The beginning sounds like a different world.


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