Book Review

APPLE by Eric Gansworth

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of APPLE: SKIN TO THE CORE by Eric Gansworth for an honest review. Thank you to Dreamscape Media, Levine Querido, Libro FM and the author for the chance to read and review!

Rating: 4 / 5

APPLE is a memoir in verse written by a member of an Onondaga family while living among Tuscaroras. The memoir touches on his personal story along with experiences of those around him. The title comes from a depiction of an apple as a derogatory slur, a depiction of someone “red on the outside, white on the inside”. Throughout the book he also uses his love of the Beatles when it comes to the naming of his chapters and images throughout the book.

I really enjoyed this one and I’m glad I added it to my #NonfictionNovember TBR. Written in verse, some sections are much more narrative in nature and others are very much poetry, but all combine to tell the author’s story. From growing up in a Native community, the impacts of government schools designed to drive the ‘native’ out, and the movement of youth in the community to grow up and move away.

The audiobook was read by the author which I love when listening to a memoir because I feel that it adds extra depth. I also picked up the ebook from my library so I could read along with the audio. The physical form of the book includes photos and artwork from Gansworth’s youth which added extra dimension as well.

This is described as a YA memoir, but I think that the appeal is pretty universal. The Beatles and other pop culture references certainly are cross generational. Overall this was a great read and one I am glad I listened to!

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