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Totems of September: A Novel of Loss, Healing & Redemption by [LaDue, Robin A., Voss, MaryKay]
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Riveting and heartbreaking stories of deep, ongoing racism in America at the hands of the privileged... a story about war and finding peace in the souls of our ancestors... First Nations and America's dirty little secret. A must read." --Juanita Lahurreau, Potawatomi tribe

An educational manual, but ensconced in a wonderfully engaging story. The reader learns about the wonderful humor, spirituality and commitment to family of our Native people. This book ranks right up there with Water for Elephants and The Help as my favorite feel good books. --Sheila Koenig

About the Author

Dr. Robin LaDue is a retired clinical psychologist formerly in private practice in Washington State. She was born in Seattle but raised in the Sacremento, California area.

Robin's grandfather and great-uncles were survivors of the Cushman Boarding School, having been removed from their parents and experienced the horrors of having their hair cut, not being able to speak their language, and losing their culture. This heritage, along with Dr. LaDue's passion for helping Native women raise healthy babies and addressing the problems of oppression and loss in Native communities, were driving forces in her personal and professional life.

She received her Master's and Doctorate degrees from Washington State University; has been affiliated with the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and with the University of Washington's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Native American Center for Excellence, and Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The award winning author of the Journey through the Healing Circle books and video, Dr. LaDue has lectured worldwide on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and historical trauma in Native American communities, as well as the treatment for and consequences of psychological trauma, including traditional Native methods of treatment. She is an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe of Washington. This is her first historical novel.

Mary Kay Voss was born in West Texas and grew up in Houston. She has lived in Texas, California, Tokyo, and Washington State and considers herself a misplaced Texan in a Washingtonian's body. Mary Kay's professional career has revolved around the financial industry, She was a stockbroker, when that was unusual for women, and has had her own company for over twenty-five years. A former instructor in financial planning and insurance topics for continuing education, Mary Kay credits the club with exposing her to a much wider selection of books than she might have ever chosen on her own. Her passion for reading also has led to an exciting journey into community theatre, Where Mary Kay has been a regular performer on stage as well as on the managing board of the Driftwood Players in Edmonds, WA. Of her collaboration with Dr. LaDue, she says, "Robin has an extremely creative mind, probably actually channeling the old Native Americans, and I had the pleasantly rewarding job of enriching the pages by smoothing the writing style and enhancing the readability. It is a great match of talents." Mary Kay has been married to Didrik for over thirty years; is a mother and grandmother.


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  • File Size: 3860 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishers Network (September 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJDVK02
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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2013
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Rarely is there a book that weaves historic events with mysticism and racism and cultural differences and similarities as well as TOTEMS OF SEPTEMBER. The book is written by two women - Dr. Robin LaDue of native American heritage is a retired clinical psychologist formerly in private practice in Washington State, and actress, teacher, author, editor Mary Kay Voss - and the impact of the story they present is powerful and indelibly imprinted on the reader's mind, long after finishing this book.

The major focus of the story cycles around that fateful day of 9/11 and not only is that day and the events that surround it impeccably presented in palpable reality, but the impact of that `terrorist invasion' sets a tone for a long discussion in the manner of a Native American tale as acted out by members of tribes and their own variations of 9/11 from the early 20th century to almost the present. The book is graced with exquisite drawings of birds and animals by illustrator Rhys Haug that further impress the reader that this is not truly a story about 9/11 but instead is more about the immensely rich cultures and history of the Native Americans in this country. Indeed, significant events (WW II, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq and the branding of PTSD on those who survived) play a major role in the plot, but the end sensation is a story that affects the reader with ongoing thirst for peace and ultimate compassion and coming together of all peoples.

We all have our private `towers' episodes that alter our lives. LaDue and Voss investigate these with sensitivity, charm, verismo, humor, and an obvious championing of the rights and privileges and abundant importance of the Native Americans on our culture of miscegenation. Grady Harp, December 13
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Not usually into this much descriptive pros but the story spirals between characters, events, an localities and you develop a sense of familiarity and comfort with the characters and their connections.
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Very seldom do you find a book that mixes together racism, different cultures, and history. Two women got together and wrote this wonderfully powerful book. Dr. Robin LaDue is of native American heritage and is a retired clinical psychologist. Mary Kay Voss, an actress, teacher, author and editor. As the reader is reading the story is pressed into the mind even after you have finished reading it. This story focuses on that awful, fateful day of 9/11. That day and the events present a tone for a Native American story which was acted out by tribal members with their own ideas of 9/11 from the early 20th century to the present day.

The book is beautifully illustrated with birds and animals. The authors wrote not only a book about 9/11 but about the different cultures and the Native Americans of our country. Another major role that played a part was the WWII, Vietnam,Afghanistan and Iraq. Those who survived with PTSD were an important part of the book. As you reach the end you have a hunger for peace and for all of us, no matter what cultures, to get along. Religion, no matter what it is, should not cause hatred or discord among us. Everyone should be allowed to practice the religion that they believe it. The authors wrote this book with such compassion and descriptions of the different aspects of the book. My opinion is that: People of all cultures should join together and forget our petty differences and make our worlds better instead of fighting over trivial matters that blow up into these huge issues where a resolution isn't found or doesn't want to be found.

I was given a complimentary copy of TOTEMS OF SEPTEMBER from the authors, Robin LaDue and Mary Kay Voss for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
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What I really enjoyed about the book is its depiction of the reality of hardships of the Native people as well as its ability to keep my interest. It's been sort of a page turner for me. I found the chapter 'The Snow Raven' very well done and thought it definitely could only be written by someone who had been back there in the aftermath of 9/11. As someone who had been there in the aftermath myself, it really hit home and brought up some complex and difficult memories. A great read. You will learn a lot from this book and find it to be quite engaging.
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Awesome account of love war and racism in America. thrilling adventure into the hearts and minds of the characters as they suffer the trials of life in America and the towers in NYC come crashing down. Look inside the stories of people related by blood and pain......a must read
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From the opening pages, we are drawn into a story of discovery, life, love, friendship and death. Several stories converge upon the day the "Totems of September" fell in New York, September 11, 2001, and continue beyond. Through these stories, the characters each embark on their own journeys, seeking answers to the questions of life. We join Lola and her Auntie as they trek from Devil's Tower to the Twin Towers in New York, meeting others along the way.

Written in a narrative style, we are invited to explore in this personal style how we live our life connected and yet ultimately alone, why we fight wars over natural resources, and the difficulty many have accepting different belief systems. It is a positive story reminding us that even in death, life continues, and the human spirit shines brighter than the sun did on that fateful Tuesday.

A great read!
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