Nobody Cries at Bingo

Nobody Cries at Bingo

Book - 2011
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In Nobody Cries At Bingo , the narrator, Dawn, invites the reader to witness first hand Dumont family life on the Okanese First Nation. Beyond the sterotypes and clichés of Rez dogs, drinking, and bingos, the story of a girl who loved to read begins to unfold. It is her hopes, dreams, and indomitable humour that lay bear the beauty and love within her family. It is her unerring eye that reveals the great bond of family expressed in the actions and affections of her sisters, aunties, uncles, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews, and ultimately her ancestors.

It's all here - life on the Rez in rich technicolour - as Dawn emerges from home life, through school life, and into the promise of a great future. Nobody Cries At Bingo is a book that embraces cultural differences and does it with the great traditional medicine of laughter.

Publisher: Saskatchewan :, University of Toronto Press,, 2011
ISBN: 9781897235843
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER
Characteristics: 298 pages

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neyoscribbles Aug 18, 2017

Great insight into what it was like growing up on a reservation. This book highlighted some issues faced by Natives that I was unaware of or did not know of from reading other Native literature. Regardless, it's an easy and honest read. At times it felt like I was hanging around with Dumont and the other characters.

Jcheng1234 Aug 16, 2017

Through the vivid stories of the author’s family life, school life and culture, one understands better what they face growing up as Natives living on reserves. Sad reality but full of humor, hope and resilience through the eyes of a young girl. I like her writing style and I am going to read her other books.

ehbooklover Jun 19, 2017

This book is an honest, hilarious, and eye-opening look at life on a Canadian reservation. I really loved the author's authentic and readable style of writing.

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mclarjh
Jun 13, 2017

Decent writing, lots of insight into coming of age and living as an aboriginal.

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APokee
Aug 25, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. I found the flow very easy to read, and the humour sarcastic and subtle. I liked it so much, I am picking it for my book club choice.

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RedDeerNoodles
May 26, 2012

So easy to connect with a life very different from my own. I've noticed that libraries seem to be adding the book to the YA collections, but I think it is a coming of age story suitable for all ages.

My review wp.me/p2pQBc-20

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RedDeerNoodles
May 26, 2012

So easy to connect with a life very different from my own. My review wp.me/p2pQBc-20

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donnas
Apr 03, 2012

write up in EJ Apr 3 2012

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dprodrig
Jan 25, 2012

A really humourous look at growing up Native on a prairie reserve. The book is not linear and Dawn tends to skip around various parts of her childhood, grouping items topically to build that chapter's narrative - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Missing from the work is a bit more honesty about the highs and lows, a bit more coherence in the later chapters (which are less well written), and more of her lovely dry wit, which she's incredibly good at.

* Alta Vista Sep 20, 2011

Dawn Dumont will be reading from Nobody Cries at Bingo at the Rideau Library, 377 Rideau St. on Wed, Oct 5th 2011, 7:00-8:00. Not to be missed!

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