In the new book Finding Home: How Americans Prevail, author Sally Ooms compiles 48 first-person accounts from individuals who have experienced the loss of what they called home.
“So what is home?” she writes. “In my explorations for this book, I’ve discovered a wealth of definitions. Included are life partners, family, friends and community. For some home means being part of a heritage, religion or culture. For others it signifies a spiritual space. Sometimes it is a place found only in the mind. Sometimes it is a place solely in the heart. …
“No matter how home is defined, I have come to realize that the concept is hooked into a person’s identity — into self — and into feelings of worth. And that the need for a home is ubiquitous.”