In My Own Moccasins; A Memoir of Resilience
Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
"My truth is all that I have. Truth is my offering," begins Knott's memoir of grappling with addiction, sexual assault, and her identity as an Indigenous woman. Writing with raw honesty and in prose that both lulls and jolts the reader, she interweaves stories of her addiction to drugs and alcohol and the abandonment of her child with visits to the United Nations and trips to build schools in Nicaragua. The pairing of such disparate events makes her and her complex story impossible to boil down or forget. Her exploration of her identity and discovery of new possibilities for her spirituality that embrace her heritage lead her on a path to recovery, self-forgiveness, and community. This powerful memoir proclaims healing a revolutionary act, and emotions a sign of strength. Knott's complex portrait evokes empathy for those struggling with addiction and opens a window into a story that makes space to tell abuse survivors they are not alone, it is not their fault, and she will remember them. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.