When Allan Johnson asked his dying father where he wanted his ashes to be placed, his father repliedwithout hesitationthat it made no difference to him at all. In his poignant, powerful memoir, Not from Here, Johnson embarks on an extraordinary, 2,000-mile journey across the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains to find the place where his father’s ashes belonged.
As a white man with Norwegian and English lineage, Johnson explores both America and the question of belonging to a place whose history holds the continuing legacy of the displacement, dispossession, and genocide of Native peoples.
More than a personal narrative, Not from Here illuminates the national silence around unresolved questions of accountability, race, and identity politics, and the dilemma of how to take responsibility for “a past we did not create.” Johnson’s storyabout the past living in the present; of redemption, fate, family, tribe, and nation; of love and griefraises profound questions about belonging, identity, and place.
|Publisher:||Temple University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized sociologist, nonfiction author, novelist, and public speaker best known for his work on issues of privilege and oppression, especially in relation to gender and race. He is the author of numerous books, including The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy, and The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise (both Temple) and Privilege, Power, and Difference. His work has been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies. Visit him online at www.agjohnson.us and follow his blog at www.agjohnson.wordpress.com.