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Unearthed : love, acceptance, and other lessons from an abandoned garden, Alexandra Risen

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Unearthed : love, acceptance, and other lessons from an abandoned garden
Title
Unearthed
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love, acceptance, and other lessons from an abandoned garden
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Alexandra Risen
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eng
Summary
When Alexandra Risen bought the dilapidated property overlooking Toronto's main ravine, the sloping, one-acre backyard was overgrown and barely navigable. She had no idea that the process of restoring and replanting the huge garden would help her overcome painful childhood memories. What began as an enthusiastic, if daunting, garden restoration became a deeper enterprise involving emotional upheaval and an affirmation of the healing power of nature. Risen's war-traumatized father only spoke about 25 words to her during his lifetime. Her mother spoke for him; he even used buzzers to summon the family to the garage when he needed help with his repair projects. Risen's Ukrainian parents were uprooted to work as labourers in Nazi Germany during WWII. After marrying in a Displaced Persons camp after the war, they emigrated first to England and then to Edmonton. They never spoke of their difficult past. Risen's father found work at CN Railway as an engine repair man; her mother found work at a textile factory and took refuge in her garden, growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The family's self-sufficient lifestyle--gardening, canning, and even butchery in the garage--were a source of embarrassment to a young girl trying to fit into suburban Edmonton. After her parents' deaths, Risen discovers documents that allow her to piece together some of their story. She finds memories and connections with her parents in the old garden she unearths and the new green life she plants. Organized around various flowers, trees and shrubs that evoke particular memories, Unearthed is an affecting account of tangled family relationships, reconciliation and the healing power of nature
Biography type
autobiography
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Risen, Alexandra
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Risen, Alexandra
  • Gardeners
  • Gardening
  • Nature, Healing power of
  • Love
  • Self-acceptance
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Unearthed : love, acceptance, and other lessons from an abandoned garden, Alexandra Risen
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Includes bibliographical references
Extent
xx, 271 p.
Isbn
9780143198956
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ill.
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Unearthed : love, acceptance, and other lessons from an abandoned garden, Alexandra Risen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Extent
xx, 271 p.
Isbn
9780143198956
Other physical details
ill.

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