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Skin to the Core : A Memoir in Words and Pictures

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"The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside." Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking." -- Inside front jacket flap.
Publisher: Montclair, NJ : Levine Querido, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781646140138
Branch Call Number: YA 970.00497 G157G 2020
Characteristics: 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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JCLChrisK Mar 22, 2021

An ambitious undertaking in self-expression in which Gansworth shares the forces that have shaped him, from the intimate, individual, and unique to his powerfully consequential identity as Native American, tracing influences back multiple generations.

IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

This book addresses generational experiences, personal experiences, and cultural erasure. The author creates a raw and layered story about love and loss of community, culture, and place. The verse is rounded out with photographs and paintings from the author.

LPL_MaryW Aug 13, 2020

I was only a few pages into Eric Gansworth’s Apple: Skin to the Core when I realized how important it was that I read this book, which bursts open a derogatory label to reveal the author’s Indigenous experience. From Gansworth’s reality—living in poverty on a reservation, an Onondaga among Tuscaroras—to the near erasure of his culture via boarding schools only two generations prior, this memoir in verse holds a magnifying glass to white supremacy in action. Stylishly rendered to mirror the evolution of The Beatles, this coming-of-age story is enlightening, and often heartbreaking, and outsiders and outliers will find themselves within.


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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

This memoir in verse was originally conceived as a series of paintings. The author is an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation. He explores his intersectional identities as an American, a Native American, a gay man, and a member of the reservation, and how he never felt like he completely fit in to any of them. Beginning with his grandfather’s time in Native American Boarding School the author shares his family history.


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IndyPL_TammieB Mar 12, 2021

"So much of my culture feels on the verge of vanishing. I wonder what part of that I'm contributing to with my own lack of knowledge."


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