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Orange Shirt Day: Books

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day

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Featured Books at Adler Library

Featured Books at Adler Library

Adler University Common Book Program

Indian Horse Library Guide

Summary: With compassion and insight, author Richard Wagamese traces through his fictional characters the decline of a culture and a cultural way in Northern Ontario. For Saul, being taken from the land and family and sent to residential school per Canadian Law. Saul finds salvation through his incredible gifts as a hockey player.

With the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, Saul battles racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement. The novel centers on Saul Indian Horse, a First Nations boy who survives the Indian residential school system. Saul has hit rock bottom, with his last binge almost killing himself. Now we find him reluctantly in a treatment center for alcoholics, with people he swears will not understand what he's been through. 

Throughout his experience, he finds peace through sharing his story, where we as the readers begin to embark on through the life of a norther Ojibway. Throughout his joys and sorrows we see Saul grow up on his journey to self-awareness and self-acceptance, taking the reader along so that his painfully-grained insights also become the reader's.

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