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Published in Great Plains Quarterly 14:3 (Summer 1994). Copyright © 1994 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Without Reserve is a set of profiles of nine Native people living in Edmonton, Alberta. Each person's story is told in a separate chapter, with brief anecdotes compiled in two additional chapters. Author Lynda Shorten was formerly a reporter with the Edmonton Journal, where she co-authored a series about urban Natives, the genesis of this broader work. Without Reserve is not an academic book, falling, as it does, into a genre of journalistic narratives about Native peoples, for which a significant public market exists, yet it will also attract a social science audience and will probably be assigned to students.