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What means "home"? What does it mean to create a home? A list of books with themes of displacement, immigration, moving house, and finding - or making - your home.
Dollybird

Dollybird

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tagged : historical
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20-year-old Moira Burns is set to follow in her father's medical footprints - a groundbreaker for women in medicine in 1906. When she becomes pregnant, though, her fortunes change: her family sends her far away to cope alone in an uncompromising Prairie setting. Moira tackles the art of homesteading - of survival - under the unforgiving gaze of her new neighbours.
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Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre
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Literally outgrowing his dreams of life as a cowboy on the Canadian plains, Edouard (the Willow Bunch Giant) is forced to use his physical size as a career, endlessly on the road in travelling sideshows. The quiet, momentous tragedy: even after his death, the cost of bringing his body home is too much for his father to pay. David Adams Richards says of the book: "[I]t is a collection that allows Mr. Beaupre to regain his life. In a way it allows him to finally come home.”
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The Knife Sharpener's Bell

The Knife Sharpener's Bell

A Novel
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Ten-year old Annette Gershon is content enough growing up in her father's delicatessen on Main Street Winnipeg, but for immigrant families scratching out a living in the Dirty Thirties, even subsistence is a delicate balance, easily upset. Everything changes when her parents decide to take the family "home" to the Soviet Union to escape the devastation of the collapsing capitalist economy.
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Prairie Feast

Prairie Feast

A Writer's Journey Home for Dinner
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Nothing says home like food, and here Ehman showcases the growers, producers, enthusiasts, makers, and heroes of prairie food culture. With mouthwatering recipes, of course.
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Blood and Salt

Blood and Salt

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Not only immigration (from Ukraine to Canada) but displacement too: during WWI, Ukrainian Canadians - including the protagonist, Taras - were sent to internment camps as 'enemy aliens'. Not only that, but Taras's sweetheart, Halya, is sent to a school for young women to 'improve' her and make her 'more English'. A book about roots, and how 'home' influences who you are.
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Red River Raging

Red River Raging

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tagged : environment
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It's not fair of Finn's parents to go off on scientific adventures and dump him with his grandparents in Southern Manitoba. As the great Red River flood of 1997 approaches, Finn becomes part of his community and galvanizes them in some surprising ways to face the threat.
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Outcasts of River Falls

Outcasts of River Falls

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Not only is Kathryn forced to move West from her nice city life in Toronto after the death of her father, but she finds herself living in her aunt's community of 'road allowance people' - Métis who were not allowed their own property and were forced to live on stretches of public land.
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Full Steam to Canada

Full Steam to Canada

A Barr Colony Adventure
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A story of immigration, as Dorothy Bolton emigrates with her family from Manchester to the prairies as part of the Barr Colony experiment.
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