Date Published: March 16, 2018
Publisher: The Noise Beneath the Apple®
My Headdress Is On Fire...stories from a White Girl growing up on & off Indian Land...is a series of deliciously skewed essays, that travel the world from Indian Land to the Australian Outback; single parenting to the Empty Nest. Unearthing stories about an Indian Chief and Bozo the Clown or Kupa Piti and David the Camel, with heart and candor; Jacks' "full powers of smart wit are engaged".... (And, it's a perfect size for the plane or train.)
Sometimes it's really great to be able to take a step away from yourself and be able to take in real life stories from others. It helps you understand how different the world is and how different other lives can be.
Heather Jacks does a wonderful job of telling her tale in a way that really becomes all encompassing for the reader. She draws them in and wraps them in her memories.
The Native world is one that is often discussed or referred to, but I will be honest, I've never really delved deeper into it. I think that this was eyeopening for me as a person. We are given an inside look into some of their ways of life.
Jacks manages to do all of this while keeping the laughs comings. Its a funny and fun work throughout!
About the Author
I was raised on Indian Land in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen, when I went to Australia as an ‘experimental exchange student’, for a year. When I returned, I attended college, and received my FCC license, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies & Journalism from CSU Sacramento and a Masters Degree in Rhetoric & Communication from UC Davis.
I have traveled extensively, worked in the music industry; radio, production, A&R, booking, concert production and glorified babysitter. All of this, as a single mother.
I worked as a music journalist for musicians, a major independent record label and several online publications. My last book, The Noise Beneath the Apple®; A Celebration of Busking in New York City, won several awards. My current book, My Headdress Is On Fire...stories from a White girl growing up on & off Indian land, is a series of essays that has been described as 'humor with heart' and a 'rock your mind, snapshot of life.'
I have been working with Starbucks Coffee Company opening stores, building teams and creating inspired moments, (on and off), for the past 20 years.
I was Sainted by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as Saint Gregarious Dionysus, and continue to work and serve with this group of Drag Nuns or Sacred Clowns or whatever they are to you; but, they are fabulous.
An avid TV Junkie, Disco Loving Wine Ninja, die-hard SF Giants fiend and unapologetic Twitter practitioner, I currently hang my hat in San Francisco.