Not Far Away: The Real-life Adventures of Ima Pipiing by Ojibwe author and educator is part memoir and part novel in her account of her alter ego Ima Pipiing (pronounced buh-BEEG). Her character suffers at the hands of an educational system in America rife with racism and bigotry from school administrators, fellow teachers, students, and neighbours. Ima finally resists and speaks out against these insults with candor and humour. The novel memoir is interspersed with real-life essays and speeches by Lois that tackles her own experiences. Topics include the Indian Boarding School, sweetgrass, clan system, racism, and Jim Crow. A must-read for anyone interested in Native American literature, education, women, and racism in America.