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The Resource Beautiful scars : Steeltown secrets, Mohawk skywalkers and the road home, Tom Wilson

Beautiful scars : Steeltown secrets, Mohawk skywalkers and the road home, Tom Wilson

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Beautiful scars : Steeltown secrets, Mohawk skywalkers and the road home
Title
Beautiful scars
Title remainder
Steeltown secrets, Mohawk skywalkers and the road home
Statement of responsibility
Tom Wilson
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
""Bunny told me there were secrets about me that she would take to the grave, secrets that no one would ever hear, including me ... ". Tom Wilson always felt something wasn't quite right. His parents, Bunny and George, were much older than other kids' parents. There were no baby photos of him in the house. At school, classmates called him Indian, despite his parents' Irish-Quebecois background. And as he got older, friends, lovers and even family members remarked on his uncanny resemblance to Bunny's closest relative, her niece Janie Lazare, whose father was a Mohawk from Kahnawake, Quebec. Tom wouldn't learn the truth about his identity until he was fifty-three, when a tour handler whose mother had known Tom's now deceased parents let it slip that he was adopted. It would be another two years until he worked up the courage to confront Janie with what the handler had told him, what all his life he had suspected. Janie--the woman whom Tom called cousin, whom he'd known his whole life, who had lived with Tom and Bunny after George died--immediately broke into tears and confessed. She was his biological mother. In this incredible story about family and identity, carefully guarded secrets and profound acts of forgiveness, Tom Wilson writes about growing up as an outsider in two families--the family he lost, and the family who took him in. His story takes us from working-class Hamilton of the 1960s and '70s, neighbourhoods peopled by fall-guy wrestlers, broke mobsters and WWII vets, to today, as he continues his journey to connect with the man he now knows to be his father and with his Mohawk heritage and relatives, discovering Kahnawake chiefs, Brooklyn "skywalkers" and nomadic Arnold Palmer groupies among them. With a rare gift for storytelling and a remarkable story to tell, Tom Wilson writes with unflinching honesty and extraordinary compassion about his search for identity and for the truth about his family. Moving, captivating and at times hysterically funny, Beautiful Scars is a story about the families who raise us, and the families who course through our veins."---
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
CaOONL
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1959-
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Wilson, Tom
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Wilson, Tom
  • Wilson, Tom
  • Birthparents
  • Adopted children
  • Mohawk Indians
Target audience
general
Label
Beautiful scars : Steeltown secrets, Mohawk skywalkers and the road home, Tom Wilson
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
229 pages
Isbn
9780385685658
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • pr01276604
  • (CaOWLBI)pr01276604
  • 369741
Label
Beautiful scars : Steeltown secrets, Mohawk skywalkers and the road home, Tom Wilson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
229 pages
Isbn
9780385685658
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • pr01276604
  • (CaOWLBI)pr01276604
  • 369741

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