NOT FROM HERE: A Memoir by Allan Johnson

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NOT FROM HERE: A Memoir by Allan JohnsonNot from Here by Allan Johnson
Published by Temple University Press on June 26th 2015
Pages: 176
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Discrimination & Race Relations, Personal Memoirs, Social Science
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When Allan Johnson asked his dying father where he wanted his ashes to be placed, his father replied—without hesitation—that 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 story—about the past living in the present; of redemption, fate, family, tribe, and nation; of love and grief—raises profound questions about belonging, identity, and place.

Allan is on a quest to find the perfect place for his father’s ashes. His father told him it didn’t matter at all where his ashes went. To Allen, this just wasn’t good enough. He sets out to find the perfect place for his father’s ashes. Not From Here is his quest and […]