For author Terra Trevor, of mixed Cherokee, Delaware, Seneca and German ancestry, Erdrich’s words could be a metaphor for her life. She describes herself as traveling incognito and says her mixed heritage allows her to remain an outsider in her writings.
In this collection of writing she turns to her favorite literary terrain exploring themes of community, race, motherhood, the natural world, simple life, simplicity, and the urgent business of being alive. Some of these pieces have been published previously, excerpts from her books, magazine pieces and guest essays previously published on other blogs, including The Huffington Post. A number of posts are serious/substantial, balanced with lighter topics. Most of all, the writings within these pages are timeless (vs. timely).